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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: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



Funding Agencies

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


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey