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Assessing the role of conspecific attraction in habitat resotration for Henslow's Sparrows in Iowa


September 2008 - June 2010


Examine the role of social cues, such as conspecific calls and attraction, in the habitat selection decisions of Henslow's Sparrows by answering the following questions: (1) can Henslow's sparrows be attracted to previously unoccupied restored habitat using conspecific call playbacks? (2) do the vegetation characteristics (structure and composition) of our experimental plots differ from control plots in our study area?

Research Products and Activities

Technical Publications

  • Koford, R.R. 2010. Assessing the Role of Conspecific Attraction in Habitat Restoration for Henslow’s Sparrows in Iowa. Final Report.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 39

Presentations: 58



  • Rolf KofordPrincipal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership
  • USFWS Region 3


Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  2. Iowa State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute