Home range and survival characteristics of male Bachman's sparrows in an old-growth forest managed with breeding season burns

  • Published source details Cox J.A. & Jones C.D. (2007) Home range and survival characteristics of male Bachman's sparrows in an old-growth forest managed with breeding season burns. Journal of Field Ornithology, 78, 263-269.


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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A controlled cross-over study over four breeding seasons (2003-2006) in old-growth longleaf pine forest at Wade Tract, Georgia, USA (Cox & Jones 2007), found no significant effect of breeding season prescribed burns on the territory size or site fidelity of male Bachman's sparrows. Approximately half (40 ha) of the study area was burned each year, with the unburned half burned the following year. On average, sparrow territories that were burned (1.9 ha) were similar in size from those that were not (2.1 ha). The proportion of ringed males observed after a prescribed burn was similar in burned (73%) and unburned (77%) areas.


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