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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: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 119



Funding Agencies

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


South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute