Master's Theses

Department

Biology

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Abstract

During the nesting seasons of 1982 and 1983, a comprehensive, statewide survey was conducted to determine locations of nesting colonies of selected species of herons and the number of breeding birds present at each colony. Species include were the black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticroax), yellow-crowned night heron (Nycticorax violaceus), little blue heron (Egretta thula) cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), great egret (Casmerodius albus), and the white-faced ibis (Plegadis chihi). Eleven active nesting colonies were located and observed in eight counties in Kansas in 1982. In 1983, two additional colonies were located and three colonies active in 1982 were abandoned, yielding a total of ten active colonies in eight counties in the state at the present time.

Advisor

Charles A. Ely

Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Rights

© 1984 Guy W. Ernsting

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