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Journal Article

Status of Playas in the Southern Great Plains

Fred S. Guthery and Fred C. Bryant
Wildlife Society Bulletin (1973-2006)
Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter, 1982), pp. 309-317
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3781199
Page Count: 9
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Status of Playas in the Southern Great Plains
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Abstract

An estimated 12.6% of at least 25,390 playas in the Southern Great Plains provided habitat of moderate to high value to ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) or wintering waterfowl in August 1980. A larger percentage of modified playas provided quality habitat, largely because modified playas were 20 times more likely to receive irrigation tail water than unmodified playas. Seventy-four percent of playas with moderate to high habitat value were clustered in 20% of a 52-county area. Management should focus on large (>4 ha) playas.

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