Enhancement of Linear Agricultural Areas to Provide Invertebrates as Potential Food for Breeding Birds
AbstractBirds are an important part of the agricultural landscape, as having nature value, but also as pest control agents and bio-indicators for the health of the environment. Here we look at linear non-crop elements in agricultural areas as a potential source of food for nestlings of avian species. We measured invertebrate availability as it relates to structural complexity at the local and landscape levels in three counties in central Illinois. Invertebrates were measured with taxonomic diversity, abundance, and estimated biomass during spring of 2012 and 2013. Our study shows that easily modifiable field edge characteristics have the greatest impact on invertebrate diversity and abundance, as compared to field and landscape features. This finding shows that a potential invertebrate food source as measured by both diversity and biomass, may be easily enhanced without changes to agricultural practices. View Full-Text
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Evans, T.R.; Mahoney, M.J.; Cashatt, E.D.; de Snoo, G.; Musters, C. Enhancement of Linear Agricultural Areas to Provide Invertebrates as Potential Food for Breeding Birds. Land 2016, 5, 26.
Evans TR, Mahoney MJ, Cashatt ED, de Snoo G, Musters C. Enhancement of Linear Agricultural Areas to Provide Invertebrates as Potential Food for Breeding Birds. Land. 2016; 5(3):26.Chicago/Turabian Style
Evans, Tracy R.; Mahoney, Meredith J.; Cashatt, Everett D.; de Snoo, Geert; Musters, C.J.M. 2016. "Enhancement of Linear Agricultural Areas to Provide Invertebrates as Potential Food for Breeding Birds." Land 5, no. 3: 26.
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