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OA 90: Avian Community Response to Brush Control on the Welder Wildlife Refuge: Phase II


January 2018 - December 2020


Grassland obligate birds are experiencing widespread population declines across North America. Despite widespread prairie restoration efforts, little evaluation has been made as to the success of coastal prairie restoration in terms of avian community structure.

The coastal prairie of the Texas coast have experienced extensive brushland encroachment and prairie loss. Efforts to restore coastal prairie grasslands and the natural avian communities has been overlooked.

We are partnering with the Welder Wildlife Foundation to address this issue.

Our data will provide insights as to the success of different brush control methods to restore prairie, whether or not natural avian communities can be restored, and if so, what the lag periods for avian community restoration may be.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 43

Scientific Publications: 68

Presentations: 160



Funding Agencies

  • Welder Wildlife Foundation


Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute