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King rail habitat relationships in freshwater and brackish marshes of southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas

Radio telemetry, call back surveys, and remote sensing techniques are being used to determine local and landscape scale habitat characteristics influencing King Rail movements and distribution.


September 2007 - September 2012


The objectives of this proposed project are to:

1) Determine the distribution of King Rails in selected marsh habitats of southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas, including freshwater and brackish marshes, in both managed and unmanaged sites;
2) Determine local and landscape scale habitat characteristics that affect King Rail distribution in coastal marshes; and
3) Develop GIS-based habitat models to predict King Rail distribution and abundance.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 99

Masters Students: 225

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 247

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 658

Scientific Publications: 1872

Presentations: 4186



Funding Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership
  • USFWS Region 2
  • USFWS Region 4


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey