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Zenzal, T. J., F. R. Moore, R. H. Diehl, M. P. Ward, and J. L. Deppe. 2018. Migratory hummingbirds make their own rules: The decision to resume migration along a barrier. Animal Behavior

Kelly, J. K., S. Chiavacci, T. J. Benson, and M. P. Ward. 2018. Who’s in the neighborhood? Conspecific and heterospecific responses to perceived density for breeding habitat selection. Ethology

Schofield, L. N., J. L. Deppe, R. H. Diehl, M. P. Ward, R. T. Bolus, T. J. Zenzal, J. Smolinsky, and F. R. Moore. 2018. Occurrence of quiescence in free-ranging migratory songbirds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72: 36.

Buxton, V. L., M. P. Ward, and J. H. Sperry. 2018. Evaluation of conspecific attraction as a management tool across several species of anurans. Diversity 10: 6.

Wilcoxen, C. A., M. P. Ward, and J. W. Walk. 2018. Use of cover crops fields by migratory and resident birds in the Midwest. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 252: 42-50. (PDF)


Stodola, K. W. and M. P. Ward. 2017. The emergent properties of conspecific attraction can limit a species’ ability to track environmental change. American Naturalist 189: 726-733. (PDF)

Jones, T. M., J. D. Brawn, and M. P. Ward. 2017. Post-fledgling habitat use in the dickcissel. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119: 497-504(PDF)

Kelly, J. K., and M. P. Ward. 2017. Do songbirds attend to song categories when selecting breeding habitats? A case study with a wood warbler. Behaviour. 154: 1123-1144. 7:14280.(PDF)

Bolus, R., R. H. Diehl, F. Moore, J. L. Deppe, M. P. Ward, J. Smolinsky, and T. J. Zenzal. 2017. Swainson’s thrushes do not show strong wind selectivity prior to crossing the Gulf of Mexico. Scientific Reports 7:14280.(PDF)

Anich, N. M. and M. P. Ward. 2017. Using audio playback to expand the geographic breeding range of an endangered species. Diversity and Distribution 23: 1499-1508. (PDF)

Dorak, B. E., M. P. Ward, M. W. Eichholz, B. E. Washburn, T. P. Lyons, and H. M. Hagy. 2017. Survival and habitat selection of Canada geese during autumn and winter in metropolitan Chicago, USA. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119: 787-799. (PDF)

Buxton, V. L., M. P. Ward, and J. H. Sperry. 2017. Frog breeding pond selection in response to predators and conspecific cues. Ethology 123: 397-404. (PDF)

Celis-Murillo A., W. Schelsky, T. J. Benson, M. I. M. Louder, and M. P. Ward. 2017. Patterns, correlates, and paternity consequences of extraterritorial foray behavior in the field sparrow (Spizella pusilla): an automated telemetry approach. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 48: 439-447. (PDF)

Jones, C., K. W. Stodola, J. Coombs, M. P. Ward, and R. Cooper. 2017. Responses of a habitat specialist and a migratory habitat generalist to fragmentation in southern pine savannas. Journal of Wildlife Management 81: 347-355. (PDF)

Berry, W. B., R. L. Schooley, and M. P. Ward. 2017. Landscape context affects use of restored grasslands by mammals in a dynamic agroecosystem. American Midland Naturalist 177: 165-182. (PDF)

Jones, T. M., M. P. Ward, and J. D. Brawn. 2017. Variation in nestling body condition and wing development predict cause-specific mortality in fledgling dickcissels. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 439-447.(PDF)


Celis-Murillo, A., T. J. Benson, R. Sosa-Lopez, and M. P. Ward. 2016. Nocturnal songs in a diurnal passerine: Attracting mates or repelling intruders? Animal Behaviour 118: 105-114. (PDF)


Matthews, J. W., D. Skultety, B. Zercher, M. P. Ward, and T. J. Benson. 2016. Field verification of original and updated national wetland inventory maps in three metropolitan areas in Illinois, USA. Wetlands 36: 1155-1165.(PDF)


DeGregorio B. A., P. J. Weatherhead, M. P. Ward, and J. H. Sperry. 2016. Do seasonal patterns of rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus) and racer (Coluber constrictor) activity predict avian nest predation? Ecology and Evolution 6: 2034-2043. (PDF)


Celis-Murillo, A, K. W. Stodola, B. Pappdopoli, J. M. Burton, and M. P. Ward. 2016. Seasonal and daily patterns of nocturnal singing in the Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla). Journal of Ornithology 3: 853-860. (PDF)

Mackay, A. J., E. J. Muturi, M. P. Ward, and B. F. Allan. 2016. A cascade of ecological consequences for West Nile virus transmission when aquatic macrophytes invade anthropogenic stormwater habitats. Ecological Applications 26: 219-232. (PDF)

Zhang, V. Y., A. Celis-Murillo, and M. P. Ward. 2016. Conveying information with one song type: Changes in the dawn song of Field Sparrows (Spizella pusilla) with different female breeding stages. Bioasoustics 25: 19-28. (PDF)


Deppe, J. L., M. P. Ward, R. H. Diehl, A. Celis-Murillo, R. Bolus, T. J. Zenzal, F. Moore, J. Smolinsky, L. Schofield, D. Enstrom, E. Paxton, G. Bohrer, T. J. Benson, T. Beveroth, D. Delaney, and W. Cochran. 2016. Fat, weather, and date affect migratory songbird’s departure decisions, routes, and time it takes to cross the Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: E6331-E6338. (PDF)

Jessop, J., G. Spyreas, G. Pociask, T. J. Benson, M. P. Ward, A. D. Kent, and J. W. Matthews. 2015. Tradeoffs among ecosystem services in restored wetlands. Biological Conservation 191: 341-348. (PDF)

Louder, M. I. M., M. P. Ward, W. M. Schelsky. M. E. Hauber, and J. P. Hoover. 2015. Out on their own: A test of adult-assisted dispersal in fledgling brood parasites reveals solitary departures from hosts. Animal Behaviour 110: 29-37. (PDF)

DeGregorio, B. A., J. H. Sperry, M. P. Ward and P. J. Weatherhead. 2015. Wait Until Dark? Daily Activity Patterns and Nest Predation by Snakes. Ethology 12: 1225-1234. (PDF)

Andrews, J. E., J. D. Brawn, and M. P. Ward. 2015. When to use social cues: Conspecific attraction at newly created grasslands. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 117: 297-305. (PDF)

Chiavacci, S., M.P. Ward, and T.J. Benson. 2015 Why fledge early in the day? Examining the role of predation risk in shaping fledgling behavior. Behavioral Ecology 26: 593-600. (PDF)

Buxton, V.L., J. H. Sperry, and M. P. Ward. 2015. Use of chorus sounds for location of breeding habitat in two species of anuran amphibians. Behavioral Ecology 26: 1111-1118. (PDF)


Hagy, H.M., A.P. Yetter, K.W. Stodola, M.M. Horath, C.S. Hine, M.P. Ward, T.J. Benson, R.V. Smith, and J.A. Stafford. 2014. Stopover duration of Mallards during autumn in the Illinois River valley. Journal of Wildlife Management 78: 747-752. (PDF)

Stodola, K.W., B. O’Neil, M. Alessi, J. Deppe, T. Dallas, T. Beveroth, T.J. Benson, and M.P. Ward. 2014. Stopover ecology of American golden-plovers (Pluvialis dominica) in Midwestern agricultural fields. Condor 116: 162-172. (PDF)

Ward, M.P., M. Alessi, T.J. Benson, and S.J. Chiavacci. 2014. The active nightlife of diurnal birds: extra-territorial forays and nocturnal activity patterns. Animal Behaviour 88: 175-184.(PDF)

VanBeek, K.R., J.D. Brawn, and M.P. Ward. 2014. Does no-till soybean farming provide any benefits for birds? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 185: 59-64.(PDF)


Mulligan, M.P., R.L. Schooley, and M.P. Ward. 2013. Effects of connectivity and regional dynamics on restoration of small mammal communities in Midwestern grasslands. Restoration Ecology 21: 678-685. (PDF)


Ward, M.P., J.H. Sperry, and P.J. Weatherhead. 2013 Evaluation of automated radio telemetry for quantifying movements and home ranges of snakes. Journal of Herpetology 47: 337-345. (PDF)

Lampman, R.L., N.M. Krasavin, M.P. Ward, T.A. Beveroth, E.R. Wheeler, B.W. Alto, and R. J. Novak. 2013. Vector, host and arbovirus interactions for West Nile virus in east central Illinois. American Journal of Mosquito Control Association 29: 108-122. (PDF)

Benson, T.J., S. Chiavacci, and M.P. Ward. 2013. Patch size and edge proximity are useful predictors of brood parasitism but not nest survival of grassland birds in eastern North America. Ecological Applications 23: 879–887. (PDF)

Sperry, J.H., M.P. Ward, and P.J. Weatherhead. 2013. Effects of temperature, moon phase, and prey on nocturnal activity of ratsnakes. Journal of Herpetology 47: 105-111 (PDF)


Benson, T.J, M.P. Ward, R.L. Lampman, A. Raim, and P.J. Weatherhead. 2012 Implications of spatial patterns of roosting and movements of American robins for West Nile Virus transmission. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases 12: 877-885. (PDF)

Celis-Murillo, A., J.L. Deppe, and M.P. Ward. 2012. Effectiveness and utility of acoustic recordings for surveying tropical birds. Journal of Field Ornithology 83: 166–179. (PDF)


Ward, M.P., B. Semel, C. Jablonski, C. Deutsch, V. Giammaria, S. Miller, and B. McGuire. 2011. The positive and negative consequences of using conspecific attraction in management: a case study with endangered colonial waterbirds. Waterbirds 34: 476-480. (PDF)

Roberts, L.A., B. Molano-Flores, M.P. Ward, and D.C. Elbert. 2011. Insect emergence variation in northern Illinois wetlands used by the Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus). Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 104: 85-91. (PDF)

Ward, M.P. and A. Raim. 2011. The fly-and-social foraging hypothesis for diurnal migration: why American crows migrate during the day. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology65 : 1411-1418. (PDF)


Ward, M.P., C. Jablonski, B. Semel, and D. Soucek. 2010. The Biological Pathway and effect of PCBs on common terns in Lake Michigan. Ecotoxicology 19: 1513-1522. (PDF)

Ward, M.P., B. Semel, and J. Herkert. 2010. Long-term declines of wetland-dependent birds in a rapidly developing landscape. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 3287-3300. (PDF)

Bartlett, J.A., M.P. Ward, S.J. Landsman, and J.M. Epifanio. 2010. Are male bluegill faithful to nest sites or colonies? Journal of Fish Biology 77: 890-906. (PDF)

Alessi, M.G., T.J. Benson, and M.P. Ward. 2010. Nocturnal social cues attract migrating yellow-breasted chats. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122: 780-783. (PDF)

Ward, M.P., T. Beveroth, R. Lampman, A. Raim, D. Enstrom, and R. Novak. 2010. Field-based estimates of avian mortality from West Nile virus infection. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases 10 :909-913. (PDF)

McCusker, C.E., M.P. Ward, and J.D. Brawn. 2010. Seasonal responses of avian communities to invasive bush honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.). Biological Invasions 12: 2459-2470. (PDF)

Owen, J.C., F.R. Moore, A.J. Williams, M.P. Ward, T.A. Beveroth, E A. Miller, L.C. Wilson, V.J. Morley, R.N. Abbey-Lee, B.A. Veeneman, B. DeRussy, M. McWhorter, and M.C. Garvin. 2010. Test of recrudescence hypothesis for overwintering of West Nile virus in gray catbirds. Journal of Medical Entomology 47: 451-457. (PDF)

Ahlering, M.A., D. Arlt, M.G. Betts, R.J. Fletcher, Jr., J.J. Nocera, and M.P. Ward. 2010. Research needs for understanding conspecific attraction to better manage and conserve birds. Condor 112: 252-264. (PDF)

Ward, M.P., T.J. Benson, B. Semel, and J. Herkert. 2010. The Use of Social Cues in Habitat Selection by Wetland Birds. Condor 112: 245-251. (PDF)


Jacob, B., R. Lampman, M.P. Ward, J. Muturi, J. Morris, A. Caamano, and R. Novak. 2009. Geospatial variability in the egg raft distribution and abundance of Culex pipiens and Culex restuans in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. TRES: International Journal of Remote Sensing 30: 2005-2019. (PDF)

Alessi, M.G., A. Raim, T.A. Beveroth, M.N. Barron, and M.P. Ward. 2009. Use of heat-shrink tubing to attach radio transmitters to bird retrices. North American Bird Bander 34: 1-6.


Horn, J.A., M.P. Ward, M.G. Alessi, T.A. Danner, and R.J. Novak. 2007. Observations of a northern cardinal nest reused by a gray catbird in the same season. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119: 761-763.


Ward, M.P., A. Raim, S. Yaremych, and R. Novak. 2006. Does the roosting behavior of birds affect the transmission dynamics of West Nile virus? American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 75: 350-355. (PDF)

Beveroth, T., M.P. Ward, R. Lampman, A. Ringia, and R. Novak. 2006. The changes in seroprevalence of West Nile virus across Illinois in free ranging birds from 2001-2004. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 74: 174-179. (PDF)


Ward, M.P. and P. Weatherhead. 2005. Sex-specific differences in site fidelity and the cost of dispersal in yellow-headed blackbirds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 108-114. (PDF)

Ward, M.P. 2005. Habitat selection by dispersing yellow-headed blackbirds: evidence of prospecting and the use of public information. Oecologia 145: 1432-1939. (PDF)

Ward, M.P. 2005. The role of immigration in the decline of an isolated migratory bird population. Conservation Biology 19: 1528-1536. (PDF)


Schlossberg, S. and M.P. Ward. 2004. Using conspecific attraction to conserve endangered birds. Endangered Species Update 21: 132-138. (DOC)

Ward, M.P. and S. Schlossberg. 2004. Conspecific attraction and the conservation of territorial songbirds. Conservation Biology 18: 519-525. (PDF)

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