Effect of burn season on winter bird communities in managed pine forest at Fort Benning Military Reservation, Georgia, USA

  • Published source details King T.G., Howell M.A., Chapman B.R., Miller K.V. & Schorr R.A. (1998) Comparisons of wintering bird communities in mature pine stands managed by prescribed burning. The Wilson Bulletin, 110, 570-574


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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A replicated study in mid-December 1995 to mid-February 1996 at a mixed pine forest at Fort Benning Military Reservation, Georgia, USA (King et al. 1998), found no significant differences between wintering bird abundances or community composition in nine plots burned during the growing season (April-August ) of 1994, compared to nine plots burned during the dormant season (January-March). A total of 48 species were recorded (during point count censuses): 41 in growing-season burn plots and 41 in dormant-season burn plots (34 common to both). On average, 27 species were recorded in a growing-season burn plot and 25 in a dormant-season burn plot. Abundance of individual species was similar between plot types.


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