Natural vegetation was characterized by a community of sand shinnery oak (Quercus havardii) or sand sagebrush (Artemisia filifolia; Dhillion et al.
Invertebrate biomass: associations with lesser prairie-chicken habitat use and sand sagebrush density in southwestern Kansas.
Nesting ecology of lesser prairie-chickens in sand sagebrush prairie of southwestern Kansas.
Lesser Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) occupy mid-grass rangelands characterized by shinnery oak (Quercus havardii), sand sagebrush (Artemisia filifolia), and mixed-grass communities in five states within the southern Great Plains.
Other common woody vegetation includes sand sagebrush, honey mesquite (Prosopsis glandulosa), cholla (Opuntia spp.
Females used a variety of plants as nesting cover including: shinnery oak (n = 6), snakeweed (n = 4), sand sagebrush (n = 7), yucca (n = 1), little bluestem (n = 1), and three-awn (n = 4).
001; n = 4) with cumulative precipitation in July-August in alkali sacaton, creosotebush, and sand sagebrush habitats.
Because cover by forbs in 2004-2007 did not differ in other-shrubland, sand sagebrush, and mesquite habitats (Table 2), we pooled data for all 4 years to identify attributes affecting production of forbs.
Cover by forbs in sand sagebrush shrublands was related negatively (r = -0.
In Kansas, Lesser Prairie-Chickens are most abundant in the western part of the state--south of the Arkansas River in mixed and shortgrass prairie dominated by sand sagebrush (Artemisia filifolia).
The objectives of our study were to provide baseline information on age-specific variation in nesting ecology, record fidelity to previous nest sites (within-year renests and across-year attempts), and document nest-site locations relative to leks of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in sand sagebrush prairie of southwestern Kansas.
This ecosystem is characterized by stabilized and semi-stabilized dunes interspersed with shinnery-oak, sand sagebrush
(Artemisia filifolia), bunchgrasses (Aristida, Schizachyrium, Andropogon), and sandy hummocks with honey mesquites (Prosopis glandulosa).