Influence of prescribed fire on winter abundance of Bachman's sparrow

  • Published source details Cox J.A. & Jones C.D. (2009) Influence of prescribed fire on winter abundance of Bachman's sparrow. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (formerly The Wilson Bulletin), 121, 359-365.


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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A replicated controlled trial in November-January 2005-2008 in longleaf pine plantations in Pebble Hill and Arcadia, Georgia, USA (Cox & Jones 2009), found that there were more Bachman's sparrows in burned plots (10-60 ha), compared to unburned plots (0.6 birds/count vs. 0.3). Approximately 50% of habitat was burned each May with individual blocks burned every second year. Sparrow numbers were positively correlated with percentage bare ground cover, and negatively so with numbers of low woody shrubs, grass cover and grass height.


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