Source: KANSAS STATE UNIV submitted to
BIODIVERSITY IN RIPARIAN BUFFERS OF KANSAS
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0193405
Grant No.
(N/A)
Project No.
KS619
Proposal No.
(N/A)
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
(N/A)
Project Start Date
Sep 1, 2002
Project End Date
Aug 30, 2004
Grant Year
(N/A)
Project Director
Becker, D.
Recipient Organization
KANSAS STATE UNIV
(N/A)
MANHATTAN,KS 66506
Performing Department
HORTICULTURE & FORESTRY
Non Technical Summary
The goal of this project is to design evaluative tools for quantifying the quality of riparian buffers, first focusing on natural riparian forests and then using these to evaluate restorations and CRP buffers. These tools will be useful to NRC and private landowners.
Animal Health Component
50%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
50%
Applied
50%
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
1230850106050%
1250699106050%
Goals / Objectives
A. Habitat Suitability Index will be created for the configuration of woody vegetation that maximizes diversity and abundance of Neotropical migrant birds breeding in Kansas riparian areas. B. Pairing and fledging success in Kentucky Warblers will be correlated with woody buffer configuration to determine attributes of source and sink habitats for this species of conservation concern. C. The effects of fire on shrub communities in riparian settings will be determined and related to habitat selection by avian species.
Project Methods
The proposed research will provide a unique quantitative foundation for inquiry into the value of riparian buffers in modern society. The U.S. public increasingly favors land stewardship that has ecological and aesthetic benefits as well as economic benefits. Hence there will be more interest by private landowners in the benefits to biodiversity associated with their land management decisions. 4-H clubs and family farmers may desire to evaluate farmland stewardship in more than monetary terms. Having quantitative data on forest biodiversity will provide tools for evaluating woodlands and woody buffers for their non-game habitat and conservation values

Progress 09/01/02 to 08/30/04

Outputs
Work was ceased on this project September 16, 2004. Through the course of the project, data was collected on birds using riparian areas in Kansas, primarly on Fort Riley Military Reservation. Data collected aided in the development of an extension brochure: IN YOUR HANDS: BIRST OF KANSAS STREAMSIDE FORESTS.

Impacts
Our booklet will serve private landowners with better information about the avian biodiversity associated with their land management decisions in forests in Kansas. 4-H clubs and family farmers may desire to evaluate farmland stewardship in terms of bird habitat. This booklet gives them some capacity to do this.

Publications

  • Barden, Charles, C. Dustin Becker, and T. Povilitis. 2004. Birds of Kansas Streamside Forests, Kansas State University (MF-2648), August 2004.


Progress 01/01/03 to 12/31/03

Outputs
The goal for this project is to design evaluative tools for describing the quality of riparian buffers for biodiversity. DOI funding to PI Becker supported 3 years of research on the birds using riparian areas in Kansas, especially on Ft. Riley Military Reservation. McIntire-Stennis funding(approximately $5000) funded a graduate student part-time to expand data collection beyond Ft. Riley. A post-doctoral associate did additional literature search and writing summarizing in lay terms the findings of the DOI research. Progress to-date is completion of an extension brochure: IN YOUR HANDS: BIRDS OF KANSAS STREAMSIDE FORESTS. It has been reviewed and accepted for publication. Also note, scientific publication related to this research project.

Impacts
Our booklet will serve private landowners with better information about the avian biodiversity associated with their land management decisions in forests in Kansas. 4-H clubs and family farmers may desire to evaluate farmland stewardship in terms of bird habitat. This booklet gives them some capacity to do this.

Publications

  • Parker, T.H., B.M, Stansberry, C.D. Becker, and P.S. Gipson. 2003. Forest patch area and distance to edge related to settlement patterns of forest-nesting Netropical migrant songbirds in eastern North America: range-wide patters determined from meta-analyses. Conservation Biology. (in press).
  • Povilitis, T. and C. Dustin Becker. 2004. IN YOUR HANDS: BIRDS OF KANSAS STREAMSIDE FORESTS. K-State Extension Brochure (in press).