Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Birds were censused in six different habitats in north-central Russell County, Kansas, from 22 February 1975 to 15 February 1976. Objectives of the study were to determine and compare, for the different habitats: 1) the species present and their relative numbers; 2) species diversity; and 3) relative frequency of occurrence. A total of 14,911 birds of 105 species was observed during 52 census trips taken throughout the year. The Black-capped Chickadee (Parus atricapillus) was the most common of all species observed, and the Tree Sparrow (Spizella aborea) was the most abundant. The greatest species diversity occurred during summer and the lowest was during winter. A habitat along a tributary stream exhibited the greatest annual species diversity, whereas a savannah exhibited the lowest annual species diversity. The greatest relative density of birds was during winter and the lowest was during summer. The tributary stream habitat contained the highest annual relative density of birds, whereas the savannah habitat possessed the lowest relative density of birds throughout the year.


G. W. Tomanek

Date of Award

Fall 1980

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1980 Steven Paul Anschutz


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