|Temporal variation in abundance of Peromyscus leucopus in wooded habitats of eastern Kansas
|Year of Publication
|Kaufman, DW, Kaufman, GA, Finck, EJ
|The American Midland Naturalist
White-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) were sampled during spring, summer and autumn on the Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, Kansas, from autumn 1981 to spring 1988. Abundance was greater in gallery forest than in wooded outcrop habitat, although temporal patterns of abundance were similar with highs in 1981-1982 and 1985-1986. Standard deviations (SD) of the common logarithm of abundance were ≤ 0.32 for each of four sites in spring, summer and autumn, except for one forest site in spring. Our SD values were similar to those reported for other populations of P. leucopus. Abundance of P. leucopus was related to its abundance in the previous season (spring abundance vs. that in previous autumn, summer abundance vs. that in previous spring and autumn abundance vs. that in previous summer), seed production by woody vegetation and precipitation, but the factors that had a major influence on abundance of P. leucopus varied among spring, summer and autumn populations. Ambient temperature was unrelated to abundance of P. leucopus during each of the 3 seasons studied.