We sought to investigate marsh bird occupancy and abundance across a wide range of representative wetlands types, hydrologic regimes, management practices, and former disturbance regimes in Illinois. We hypothesized that characteristics of wetlands that were actively and passively managed for waterfowl would be positively correlated with marsh bird occupancy and abundance in Illinois during the migration and breeding seasons. Our specific objectives were to: 1) compare marsh bird use of wetland impoundments managed for waterfowl across a continuum of management intensities and strategies to predict how impoundment management actions can increase use by both groups; 2) compare marsh bird use of restored and natural wetlands; and 3) determine characteristics of wetlands and the surrounding landscape that influence marsh bird use of restored wetlands. Our results are important to understanding spatiotemporal, hydrological, and vegetative conditions suitable for multi-species management of wetlands. Moreover, our research provided information regarding the effectiveness of conservation actions, particularly wetland restoration in meeting conservation priorities for migrating birds.
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