Project Prairie Birds

A Citizen Science Project for Wintering Grassland Birds

Suggested Reading


Long Prairie Grasses

This short list does not include standard field guides and is in no way a complete bibliography on grassland birds – it’s simply a startup list. Consult your local library or bookstore for field guides, reference books, published articles or the following.

Arnold, K. A. and N. C. Garza, Jr. 1998. Populations and habitat requirements of breeding Henslow’s Sparrows in Harris County, Texas. Bull. Texas Ornith. Soc. 31:42-49.

Byers, C., J. Curson and U. Olsson. 1995. Sparrows and Buntings: A guide to the sparrows and buntings of North America and the world. Houghton Mifflin Co.

Photo Short-eared owl Copyright Michael L. Gray

Short-eared owl
Photo Copyright Michael L. Gray

Herkert, J. R. 1994. Status and habitat selection of the Henslow’s Sparrow in Illinois. Wilson Bulletin 106:35-45.

Mitchell, W. A. 1998. Species profile: Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) on military installations in the southeastern United States. Technical Report SERDP-98-9, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS.

Plentovich, S., N. R. Holler, and G. E. Hill. 1999. Habitat requirements of Henslow’s Sparrows wintering in silvicultural lands of the Gulf Coastal Plain. Auk 116:109-115.

Rising, James D. 1996. The sparrows of the United States and Canada. Academic Press.

Robbins, L. E. and R. L. Myers. 1992. Seasonal effects of prescribed burning in Florida: a review. Tall Timbers Research, Inc., Miscellaneous Publ. No. 8.

Root, T. 1988. Atlas of wintering North American birds: An analysis of Christmas Bird Count data. Univ. Chicago Press.

Shriver, W. G., P. D. Vickery and S. A. Hedges. 1996. Effects of summer burns on Florida Grasshopper Sparrows. Fla. Field Nat. 24:68-73.

Smith, D. J. and C. R. Smith. 1992. Henslow’s Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow: a comparison of habitat use in Finger Lakes National Forest, New York. Bird Obs. (Massachusetts) 20:187-194.

Zimmerman, J. L. 1988. Breeding season habitat selection by Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) in Kansas. Wilson Bulletin 100:17-24.

Zimmerman, J. L. 1992. Density-independent factors affecting the avian diversity of the tallgrass prairie community. Wilson Bulletin 104:85-94.


Since temperate grasslands depend on fire to maintain a healthy ecosystem, for more information on fire ecology and the effects on wildlife, try the Tall Timbers web site: http://www.talltimbers.org


For Additional Information write to:

Project Prairie Birds Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
or send a message to: nature@tpwd.state.tx.us

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