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Evaluation of cover crops for grassland nesting waterfowl in Eastern South Dakota


July 2017 - June 2020


With continuing grassland losses throughout the Prairie Pothole Region, alternative methods of providing nesting cover for avifauna is warranted. Fall-seeded cover crops may provide such an alternate habitat type. This study will evaluate the efficacy of such practices as a means to benefit nesting waterfowl in Eastern South Dakota.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 237

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 714

Scientific Publications: 1979

Presentations: 4410



Funding Agencies

  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks via Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey