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dc.contributor.advisorSimpson, Thomas R.
dc.contributor.authorFerrato, Jacqueline Rose ( )
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-06T18:10:40Z
dc.date.available2013-09-06T18:10:40Z
dc.date.issued2013-08
dc.identifier.citationFerrato, J. R. (2013). Population density and habitat associations of the Seaside Sparrow on Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, TX (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4717
dc.description.abstract

In 2000, a resident population of Texas Seaside Sparrows (Ammodramus maritimus) was identified at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge on the lower Texas coast, extending its known breeding distribution further south than previously described. I studied this breeding population of Texas Seaside Sparrows on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge to obtain population density estimates and describe habitat associations. I estimated seasonal density during one year using a distance sampling approach. I identified plant species and estimated percent ground cover using a 20x50 cm frame placed systematically along bird survey transects.

Seaside Sparrow density estimates by season were 3.49/ha (CV = 8.27) for spring 3.59/ha (CV = 18.16) for summer, 4.07/ha (CV = 9.69) for fall, and 1.91/ha (CV = 21.92) for winter. The dominant plant species along the intertidal zone transect where Seaside Sparrows were detected include Saltwort (Batis maritima), Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata), and Sea oxeye daisy (Borrichia frutescens). Previous studies indicated cordgrasses (Spartina spp.) to be a dominant plant species strongly associated with Seaside Sparrows and a predictor of nest success. However cordgrasses were absent from the intertidal zone where Seaside Sparrows were detected during my study. Habitat associations should be revised to include the plant community found in this study.

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dc.format.extent47 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectWildlife management
dc.subjectOrnithology
dc.subjectSparrows
dc.subjectGrassland
dc.subjectVegetation
dc.subject.lcshSeaside sparrow--Habitaten_US
dc.subject.lcshSeaside sparrow--Geographical distributionen_US
dc.subject.lcshLaguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (Tex.)en_US
dc.titlePopulation Density and Habitat Associations of the Seaside Sparrow on Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, TX
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSmall, Michael F.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVeech, Joseph
thesis.degree.departmentBiology
thesis.degree.disciplineWildlife Ecology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University-San Marcos
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentBiology


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