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Managing Floodplain Forests for Bird Diversity

The USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center recently completed a study that will help state and Federal agencies such as FWS make decisions about bird conservation and management of large river floodplains. Because little is known about which bird species nest in young floodplain forests, we studied birds of young cottonwood and willow forests at two sites and compared them with adjacent shrub habitats and mature silver maple forests.

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Managing Floodplain Forests for Bird Diversity


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Abundance, diversity, and productivity of songbirds nesting in upland and floodplain forests of the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB).

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