Effects of oil and gas development on density and reproductive success of grassland birds.


Native grasslands in Alberta provide important breeding habitat for many grassland birds, including species at risk.  However, conservation agencies are concerned that the quantity and quality of remaining grasslands in southeastern Alberta may currently be threatened by expansion of energy development. The Antelope Creek Habitat Development Area (ACHDA) is composed largely of native grassland and is co-operatively managed for the success of ranching and wildlife, while meeting the needs of the oil and gas industry. My objective is to determine the degree to which oil and gas development influences density and reproduction of grassland birds. To achieve this objective I plan to assess how bird density and reproductive success vary with distance from wells, compressor stations, and roads. Information from this initiative will assist in the refinement of Antelope Creek Ranch land management strategies and provincial and federal policies with respect to set-back distances and best management practices associated with energy development. 

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Mark Brigham


Sarah Ludlow


Antelope Creek Habitat Development Area


Resources and environmental management


Fisheries and wildlife


University of Regina



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