Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
The goal of this study was to conduct a nongame vertebrate survey at SLNWR by primary habitat types, with emphasis placed on nongame breeding birds and small mammals . Specific objectives were to determine:
1) avian and mammalian species composition by primary habitat types with special emphasis on nongame/neotropical avian species and nongame small mammals,
2) the presence of other vertebrate species (amphibians, reptiles , and fishes) by primary habitat type,
3) present vertebrate biota occurrence, as compared to pre-1940 occurence as found in the literature and other records or sources,
4) significant changes in habitat and/ or vegetation on SLNWR, based on current and historical literature and refuge files, and
5) to make recommendations for preserving/ enhancing populations of nongame vertebrate species on SLNWR.
Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, wetland habitat, nongame habitat
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Meeks, W. A. and Higgins, K. F., "Nongame Birds, Small Mammals, Reptiles, Fishes: Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 1995-1996" (1998). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 732.