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King Rail Breeding and Brood Ecology


April 2011 - June 2015


King rails are declining throughout their range, especially so for migrant king rails. Recruitment of king rails is not well known and is thought to be a problem. This study will study both breeding and brood ecology of king rails at the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Oklahoma. We intend to conduct a series of water level manipulations at the site to investigate how king rails select among sites and whether water level management affects recruitment.

Research Products and Activities


  • Fournier, Auriel M.V., David G. Krementz, Doreen C. Mengel, Andy H. Raedeke. 2013 Phenology, Habitat Use and Co-Occurrence of Fall Migrating Yellow Rails on Intensively-Managed Wetland Complexes in Missouri - Research In Progress. Yellow Rail Virtual Scientific Symposium

  • Fournier, A. M. V., and D. G. Krementz. 2013. Preliminary Results of Effects of Wetland Management Strategies on Habitat Use of Fall Migrating Rails on Intensively-Managed Wetland Complexes in Missouri. The Wildlife Society Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 17

Scientific Publications: 30

Presentations: 56



Funding Agencies

  • University of Arkansas
  • Webless Migratory Game Bird Research and Managment Program


Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Arkansas
  5. Wildlife Management Institute