Conservation Evidence strives to be as useful to conservationists as possible. Please take our survey to help the team improve our resource.

Providing evidence to improve practice

Individual study: Passerine nesting success along edge habitat created by selective logging in Trail of Tears, Illinois, USA

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


This study is summarised as evidence for the intervention(s) shown on the right. The icon shows which synopsis it is relevant to.

Use selective harvesting/logging instead of clearcutting Bird Conservation

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.