Expansive Project Protects Nesting Birds

Posted Monday July 24, 2017 by wf_admin

A wildlife management research project on North Dakota prairies is benefiting nesting upland birds and waterfowl species, thanks to support from Wildlife Forever. The project focused on the effect that predator population control has on the number of new birds recruited into existing populations. Involving 36 square-miles of nesting area, the project involved removing skunks, red foxes, and raccoons from areas where waterfowl and songbird nests are located. The numbers of successful nests were compared against areas with normal predator populations normal. More than 1,800 waterfowl nests were monitored. Early results indicated that nest success had doubled in the areas where predators were reduced — great news for struggling songbird and waterfowl species