Evaluation of waterfowl habitat improvements in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

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Title:
Evaluation of waterfowl habitat improvements in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
Author:
Piest, Linden August.
Issue Date:
1982
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
I censused waterfowl and studied their nesting in the Apache- Sitgreaves National Forest during 1979-1981 to evaluate the effects of waterfowl habitat improvements in that Forest. Densities and success rates of nests on man-made islands were high. These islands probably accounted for much of the increase in the numbers of breeding pairs and ducklings that I observed during the study. Recommendations are given regarding the size, shape, placement, construction, and revegetation of islands. Densities and success rates of nests on uplands were low, and predation by corvids and coyotes was high. Densities of nests on a small amount of pristine ungrazed uplands were higher than on grazed and newly-fenced areas, but success rates were similar. My studies indicated that the cost-benefits of the fencing projects will be high. Other habitat improvements that may increase the production of ducks in the Forest are planting of hardstem bulrush and marsh-blasting.
Type:
Thesis-Reproduction (electronic); text
LCSH Subjects:
Hydrology.; Wildlife habitat improvement -- Arizona -- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.; Waterfowl populations -- Arizona -- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Renewable Natural Resources; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Sowls, Lyle K.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleEvaluation of waterfowl habitat improvements in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizonaen_US
dc.creatorPiest, Linden August.en_US
dc.contributor.authorPiest, Linden August.en_US
dc.date.issued1982en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractI censused waterfowl and studied their nesting in the Apache- Sitgreaves National Forest during 1979-1981 to evaluate the effects of waterfowl habitat improvements in that Forest. Densities and success rates of nests on man-made islands were high. These islands probably accounted for much of the increase in the numbers of breeding pairs and ducklings that I observed during the study. Recommendations are given regarding the size, shape, placement, construction, and revegetation of islands. Densities and success rates of nests on uplands were low, and predation by corvids and coyotes was high. Densities of nests on a small amount of pristine ungrazed uplands were higher than on grazed and newly-fenced areas, but success rates were similar. My studies indicated that the cost-benefits of the fencing projects will be high. Other habitat improvements that may increase the production of ducks in the Forest are planting of hardstem bulrush and marsh-blasting.en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshWildlife habitat improvement -- Arizona -- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.en_US
dc.subject.lcshWaterfowl populations -- Arizona -- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable Natural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairSowls, Lyle K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSmith, Norman S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMatter, Williamen_US
dc.identifier.oclc212909661en_US
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