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Piping Plovers and Least Terns of
the Great Plains and Nearby

A draft protocol for assessing piping plover reproductive success
on Great Plains alkali lakes


This draft is a synthesis of ideas and experiences of many individuals, representing several agencies and organizations. G. Sargeant, USGS-Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, kindly provided review comments and contributed most text on Mayfield survival estimates). Many dedicated student assistants, technicians, and resource managers helped field-test and improve the technique. Critical input was provided by S. Adolf, R. Danley, R. Greenwood, S. Haig, A. Hecht, D. Johnson, T. Jung, C. Kruse, N. McPhillips, S. Melvin, M. Olson, E. Prindiville Gaines, M. Rabenberg, M. Ryan, M. Sondreal, T. Shaffer, and L. Tanino. Information on permit requirements was provided by N. McPhillips for the U.S., and by W. Koonz, W. Spencer, B. Treichel, and E. Wiltse for Canada's prairie provinces. Reprint copying was provided through a grant from FWS-Ecological Services (Bismarck, N.D.).

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