Avian nesting success in a selectively harvested north temperate deciduous forest

  • Published source details Robinson S.K. & Robinson W.D. (2001) Avian nesting success in a selectively harvested north temperate deciduous forest. Conservation Biology, 15, 1763-1771.


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Use selective harvesting/logging instead of clearcutting

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  1. Use selective harvesting/logging instead of clearcutting

    In deciduous forest in Illinois, USA, a replicated study in 1990-1991 (Robinson & Robinson 2001) found that parasitism by brown-headed cowbirds Molothrus ater was significantly higher on Acadian flycatchers and Kentucky warbler Oporornis formosus in recently selectively-harvested compartments, compared to compartments 10-15 years post-harvest; and compartments uncut for at least 40 years. Parasitism on wood thrush Hylocichla mustelina and northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis was unaffected by cutting and no species had consistently greater nest losses attributable to predation in cut than uncut forests.


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