Waterbird responses to experimental drawdown: implications for the multispecies management of wetland mosaics

  • Published source details Taft O.W., Colwell M.A., Isola C.R. & Safran R.J. (2002) Waterbird responses to experimental drawdown: implications for the multispecies management of wetland mosaics. Journal of Applied Ecology, 39, 987-1001.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Manage water level in wetlands

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Manage water level in wetlands

    A replicated partially-randomised, controlled study compared waterbird use of four experimentally drawndown wetlands with flooded wetlands at the Grasslands Ecological Area in California's Central Valley, USA (Taft et al. 2002), found that maximum bird diversity and abundance occurred at average depths of 10-20 cm on wetlands with a 30-40 cm difference between deepest and shallowest zones. There was limited availability of shallow-water habitat in winter but not spring, allowing waders, cinnamon teal Anas cyanoptera and American green-winged teal A. carolinensis to use the site. Use by deeper-water dabbling ducks and diving waterbirds declined during later stages of drawdown. Birds were monitored over winter and spring 1994-1995.


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