Protect nest trees before burning
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Rare species, or those restricted to small areas, may suffer population declines if fires damage nests or kill chicks. Protecting nest trees may help reduce this negative effect. We found no studies describing the effects of nest tree protection on bird populations but (Williams et al. 2006) found that protected nest trees in a longleaf pine Pinus palustris forest in Florida, USA, had significantly lower mortality than unprotected trees.
Williams, B.W., Moser, E.B., Hiers, J.K., Gault, K. & Thurber, D.K. (2006) Protecting red-cockaded woodpecker cavity trees predisposed to fire-induced mortality. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 70, 702–707.