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Individual study: Effects of prescribed burning of mixed-oak forest on the nest-site selection and nesting success of wood thrush Hylocichla mustelina at Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest and Wayne National Forest, Ohio, USA

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Artman V.L. & Downhower J.F. (2003) Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) nesting ecology in relation to prescribed burning of mixed-oak forest in Ohio. The Auk, 120, 874-882


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Use prescribed burning on deciduous forests Bird Conservation

A replicated controlled study in 1995-1999 at four mixed-oak Quecus spp. forest sites in Ohio, USA (Artman & Downhower 2003), found there were no significant differences in wood thrush Hylocichla mustelina nest survival rates in burned plots (of 20-35 ha), compared to unburned ones. Within burn plots, nests were situated more frequently in areas subject to low or moderate burn intensity and less so high intensity areas. Nest concealment (i.e. percentage overhead and side cover) was similar in burned and unburned plots but nests were located significantly higher, and in taller and larger-stemmed trees and shrubs in burned than unburned areas.