Data set includes estimates of vegetation structure and composition collected during monthly sampling events on Konza Prairie watersheds and on the nearby Rannell’s Preserve. Vegetation data were collected from three randomly-selected locations were chosen randomly on each watershed; two from outside the 10-ha plot (see project abstract) and one inside the plot. We sampled vegetation on each watershed once a month, during May, June, and July. Additional vegetation data were collected from Grasshopper Sparrow nest sites within ~3 days of nests failing. We used 5 sets of Daubenmire frame measures to determine percent cover of major plant functional groups (at the center of the plot and 5 m from center at the 4 cardinal directions). We estimated visual obstruction by placing a Robel Pole in the middle, and 5 m from the middle of the plot in each of the 4 cardinal directions. For each pole placement, we stood 4 m away with eye 1 m above the ground in each of 4 directions, and counting the highest 5-cm segment not completely obscured by vegetation. At nests, we also estimated the slope and aspect in the center of each plot.
Location of Sampling Stations: Konza watersheds and nearby Rannell’s Preserve.Frequency of Sampling: ~Monthly.
Codes Used:Observers:ADT Alaina ThomasAJH Alex HenryAMC Amanda CharpinelASS Amie SommersBJR Breyana RamseyCES Chelsea SinkCRW Caitie WeichmannDDH Destiney HettDJS Dylan SmithEJW Emily WilliamsHN Hunter NedlandJMG Jackie GehrtJMS Joseph SchmidtJN Jessica NyguyenLTA Lauren AngermeyerMLG Michaela GustafsonSKW Sarah WinnickiSVR Suzy Replogle Curnutt Veg Plot Location:Center Center of pointN North of pointE East of pointS South of pointW West of point
For additional metadata information see: http://lter.konza.ksu.edu/sites/default/files/DC.pdfFor additional methods information see: http://lter.konza.ksu.edu/sites/default/files/MM.pdf