2012) to bird crop examination from natural landscapes (Lehmann and Ward, 1941; Larimer, 1960; Hunt and Best, 2001)--none have examined seed plants from the sand sagebrush (Artemisiafilifolia)-mixed prairie community (Berg, 1994).
Sand sagebrush-mixed prairie is dominated by sand sagebrush and perennial warm-season grasses, including blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), sand dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus), sand bluestem (Andropogon hallii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and sand paspalum (Paspalum setaceum).
Forb density tends to increase with moderate stocking rates in sand sagebrush mixed prairie sites (Sims et al.
The primary cover types that comprised both units were: mixed shrub (consisting of sand plum Prunus angustifolia, fragrant sumac Rhus aromatic, and sand sagebrush Artemisia filifolia), sand sagebrush, mixed grass (little bluestem Schizachyrium scopariu, switchgrass Panicum virgatum, bromes [Bromus spp.
Therefore, we used the sand sagebrush cover type and the highest level of theoretical hunting pressure as the reference class for the vegetation cover and hunting pressure variables, respectively.
It consists of sand sagebrush (Artemisia filifolia) mixed-prairie with sand sagebrush, and sand plum (Prunus angustifolia) as dominant shrubs.
By comparing territory selection of Cassin's sparrow within sand sagebrush to the surrounding landscape, we could elucidate both the coarse-scale plant community and micro-scale habitat selection.
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.
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.
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).