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Wooded Islands in a Sea of Prairie

Summary and Acknowledgments


Forty-seven bird species were recorded on 30 wooded draw census plots in five western North Dakota counties. An additional 23 species were recorded in habitats adjacent to wooded draws. The most frequently occurring species were Rufous-sided Towhee, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Wren, and American Goldfinch. Wooded draws in the McKenzie-Williams County area seemingly supported higher mean breeding densities than did draws in the eastern half of the area.


This research was conducted under Interagency Agreement MT 950 1A2-15 between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Marv Hoffer and Roger Collins served as project officers for the respective agencies. Charles Shaiffer and Bruce Hanson provided assistance with data gathering and Douglas Johnson read several drafts of the manuscript.

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