Spring Precipitation and Fluctuations in Attwater's Prairie-Chicken Numbers: Hypotheses Revisited Academic Article uri icon


  • Two related hypotheses argue that greater than normal precipitation during May alone or spring (March-June) leads to decreased Tympanuchus cupido attwateri breeding success whereas less than normal precipitation during these periods leads to increased breeding success. Neither hypothesis is supported by available data. Alternative hypotheses that May or spring flooding, the date in May when maximum precipitation occurs, or precipitation variability among spring months drives spring breeding numbers were not supported either. Breeding success in spring can drive proportional changes in breeding numbers the following spring. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Wildlife Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Peterson, M. J., & Silvy, N. J.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Peterson, Markus J||Silvy, Nova J

publication date

  • April 1994