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Individual study: Effects of burning on breeding bird species richness and abundance in aspen Populus forest within Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, USA

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Dieni J.S. & Anderson S.H. (1999) Effects of recent burning on breeding bird community structure in aspen forests. Journal of Field Ornithology, 70, 491-503

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Use prescribed burning on deciduous forests Bird Conservation

A paired site comparison study in 1994-1995 in Bridger-Teton National Forest Wyoming, USA (Dieni & Anderson 1999), found no difference in average bird species richness in burned compared to unburned forest sites. There were significantly higher relative abundances of mountain bluebird Sialia currucoides and pine siskin Carduelis pinus in burned than unburned sites. Six areas of trembling aspen Populus tremuloides-dominated forest (38-407 ha) were burned during 1988-1993 and paired with similar-sized unburned areas for comparison.