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Nesting Ecology and Nesting Habitat Requirements of Ohio's Grassland-nesting Birds: A Literature Review


A thorough literature review on nesting ecology and nesting habitat requirements for each of the 11 species listed in Table 1 was conducted. Pertinent scientific literature was identified through automated searches of biological science databases (e.g., Wildlife Review, Biological Abstracts, and Zoological Record). Identified literature was obtained from the libraries of the Olentangy Wildlife Research Station, the state of Ohio, The Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the Fish and Wildlife Reference Service.

Summaries of habitat types used for breeding (nesting and brood rearing), vegetative characteristics of breeding territories and/or nest sites, area requirements, and effects of no management, mowing, grazing, and prescribed burning on habitat use, nesting density, and/or reproductive success were developed for each species. Research needs for the grassland-nesting bird community were identified based on the literature reviewed.

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