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Individual study: Effects of prescribed burning on bird species richness and abundance in mature pine forest within Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA

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White D.H., Chapman B.R., Brunjes J.H., Raftovich R.V. Jr. & Seginak J.T. (1999) Abundance and reproduction of songbirds in burned and unburned pine forests of the Georgia Piedmont. Journal of Field Ornithology, 70, 414-424

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Use prescribed burning on pine forests Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 1993-1995 in loblolly pine Pinus taeda-dominated forest in Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA (White et al. 1999), found that red-cockaded woodpeckers were found in 18 rotationally burned plots (each >100 ha) but not in six unburned plots. Average species richness was similar for burned and unburned plots (42 vs. 41 species) and all other species were found in both plot types. Of 29 species that showed significant differences in abundance between burned and unburned areas, 22 were more abundant in burned plots and seven were more abundant in unburned plots. During 1994-1995, 224 nests of 20 species were found in burned plots; only nine nests (six species) were found in unburned plots.