The Effects of Management Practices on Grassland Birds—Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Professional Paper 1842-H
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Keys to Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) management include providing large expanses of short, sparsely to moderately vegetated landscapes that include native grasslands and wetland complexes. Optimal wetland complexes should contain a diversity of wetland classes and sizes, such as ephemeral, temporary, seasonal, semipermanent, permanent, and alkali wetlands, as well as intermittent streams. Marbled Godwits use wetlands of various salinities. The species has been reported to use habitats with less than or equal to 70 centimeters (cm) average vegetation height, 4–23 cm visual obstruction reading, and 1–9 cm litter depth.

Suggested Citation

Shaffer, J.A., Igl, L.D., Johnson, D.H., Sondreal, M.L., Goldade, C.M., Nenneman, M.P., and Euliss, B.R., 2019, The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), chap. H of Johnson, D.H., Igl, L.D., Shaffer, J.A., and DeLong, J.P., eds., The effects of management practices on grassland birds: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1842, 9 p.,

ISSN: 2330-7102 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Capsule Statement
  • Breeding Range
  • Suitable Habitat
  • Area Requirements and Landscape Associations
  • Brood Parasitism by Cowbirds and Other Species
  • Breeding-Season Phenology and Site Fidelity
  • Species’ Response to Management
  • Management Recommendations from the Literature
  • References
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1842
Chapter H
DOI 10.3133/pp1842H
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description iv, 9 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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