Breeding productivity of Bachman's sparrows in fire-managed longleaf pine forests

  • Published source details Tucker J.W. Jr., Robinson W.D. & Grand J.B. (2006) Breeding productivity of Bachman's sparrows in fire-managed longleaf pine forests. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (formerly The Wilson Bulletin), 118, 131-137.


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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A replicated experiment in 1999-2001 in 13 longleaf pine forest plots within Conecuh National Forest, Alabama, USA (Tucker et al. 2006), found that a significantly lower proportion of Bachman's sparrow territories in compartments burned four years previously (20% of 20) successfully produced young than those in compartments burned less than three years previously (52% of 50). In addition, a higher proportion of male sparrows remained unpaired in compartments burned four years previously compared to those in more recently burned plots (50% of 20 males in plots burned four years before remain unpaired vs. 28% of 50 in more recently burned areas). There was no significant difference between growing or dormant season burn plots. Daily survival rates were similar in compartments burned 4-years previously (93%) and those burned more recently (94%), and those burned during the growing or dormant season (89% and 95% respectively).


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