Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
A Review of Wildlife Management Practices in North Dakota
Effects on Nongame Bird Populations and Habitats
MANAGEMENT PRACTICE: Gravel Shoreline
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has graveled shorelines on alkali wetlands to
create nesting habitat for piping plovers.
- On saline/alkaline lake (relatively bare shoreline).
- Projects to date have been done primarily to enhance
nesting habitat for piping plovers.
- Only portions of the naturally occurring shoreline are
enhanced to reduce impacts to feeding areas.
Very beneficial: [++] American avocet, migrating shorebirds
Beneficial: [+] piping plover, killdeer (nesting and foraging), spotted
Very negative: [--]
COMMENTS: Managers should balance the percentage of shoreline that may
benefit piping plovers without being detrimental to other species which
use those same shorelines for foraging, loafing, etc.
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