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Waterfowl and wading bird use of potholes at the Potters Marsh Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project Upper Mississippi River, Pool 13

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Remedial measures have been used by the Environmental Management Program (EMP) to restore and enhance aquatic habitat at a variety of locations on the Upper Mississippi River System. While habitat modeling indicates a significant gain in habitat utility for riverine species, field verification of direct use of the newly created habitat by targeted organisms is rarely done. This project attempted to quantify waterfowl and wading bird use at a series of potholes created at Potters Marsh in Upper Mississippi River, Pool 13. Waterfowl consistently used the potholes during March July 1996, with nearly 80% of the use during the spring migration. Nesting and brooding activity in the vicinity of the potholes was minimal during 1996, possibly [...]

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Gent, R.

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Reprinted by U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Management Technical Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin

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