Grazing for grassland birds: assessing how management and environmental conditions affect abundance in Colorado's shortgrass steppe
Rangelands are temporally and spatially complex socio-ecological systems on which the predominant land use is livestock production. In North America, rangelands also contain approximately 80% of remaining habitat for grassland birds, a guild of species that has experienced precipitous declines since the 1970s. Some evidence suggests livestock grazing can be managed to benefit certain grassland bird species by generating the vegetation structure/density they prefer. These benefits, however, appear to be ecosystem-specific, are equivocal even for species predicted to benefit from grazing (e.g., ...
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