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Title: Doveweeds (Croton spp.) : Section 7.4.2, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual
Authors: Environmental Impact Research Program (U.S.)
Marcy, Larry E.
Martin, Chester O.
Keywords: Doveweeds
Plant materials
Habitat development
Habitat improvement
Wildlife foods
Mourning doves
Zenaida macroura
Upland game birds
Habitat manipulation
Wildlife cover
Bobwhite quail
Colinus virginianus
Environmental management
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; EL-86-24.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: A plant materials report on doveweeds (Croton spp.) is provided as Section 7.4.2 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist the Corps District or project biologist in the selection, cultivation, and management of suitable plant materials for wildlife and habitat development programs. Major topics covered include description, distribution, habitat requirements, wildlife value, establishment, and maintenance. The crotons, commonly referred to as doveweeds, include several species known to be important food plants for upland game birds. Diagnostic features of the genus Croton are described, and growth and habitat characteristics are given for six species that are of value to wildlife. Regional and seasonal variation in use by wildlife is described, with emphasis on use by the mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) and northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus). Guidelines are provided for establishing, cultivating, and maintaining stands of doveweeds on project lands.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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