Projects

Projects

Developing Spatial Models to Guide Conservation of Grassland Birds in the U.S. Northern Great Plains

The HAPET Office uses Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data in conjunction with landcover information to develop spatially explicit habitat models predicting the occurrence or density of priority birds in the U.S. PPR.

Impact of Oil and Gas Exploration on Breeding Ducks in the Bakken Oil Field

PPJV partners are working to assess the impacts of oil and gas development on breeding duck pair and brood abundance, two vital rate parameters that have a strong influence on duck population dynamics.

Optimizing Retention and Placement of Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands in the Northern Great Plains for Grassland Birds

We are developing models to guide placement and assess the direct and marginal benefits of the Conservation Reserve Programs to grassland nesting birds in the U.S. Northern Great Plains.

Contributions of Wetlands in U. S. Prairie Pothole Region Cropland Dominated Landscapes to Waterfowl Productivity

Ducks Unlimited is leading a group of partners on a project to increase waterfowl managers’ understanding of wetlands in cropland-dominated landscapes.

Assessing Roadside Bias and Detectability in Grassland Bird Surveys

PPJV Partners are investigating the assumptions of one of the North American breeding bird survey, the primary source of information on grassland bird population size and trends.

A Full-Annual Cycle Conservation Plan for Sprague’s Pipit, Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspur and Baird’s Sparrow

A diverse partnership is developing a full-annual cycle conservation plan for four grassland bird species of conservation concern, while recognizing conservation needs of the larger suite of grassland birds.

International Conservation Planning for Sprague’s Pipit

PPJV partners modeled the breeding distribution of Sprague’s pipit across the U.S. and Canada and overlaid cropland expansion predictions to assess future risks (2015).

Systematic Conservation Planning for Passerines

We are developing the strategic habitat conservation framework for 12 focal prairie grassland bird species.

International Planning for an Uncertain Climatic Future

We developed a GIS database describing spatial and temporal variation and then created predictive models of the distribution and abundance of waterfowl.

Evaluation of Prairie Pothole Migratory Bird Population Response to CRP

We are actively working with partners to update analyses on the benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to grassland birds and ducks.