Ecological factors affecting response of dark-eyed juncos to prescribed burning

  • Published source details Sperry J.H., George T.L. & Zack S. (2008) Ecological factors affecting response of dark-eyed juncos to prescribed burning. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (formerly The Wilson Bulletin), 120, 131-138.


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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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Bird Conservation
  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A replicated controlled trial in 2001-2003 in pine-dominated forests in Klamath National Forest, California, USA (Sperry et al. 2008), found that the average number of dark-eyed juncos, the number of territories, nest survival and nestling weights and sizes were all similar between five 40 ha plots which were burned in autumn 2001 and unburned plots (8-17 birds, 3-6 territories and 95-97% survival for burned plots vs. 8-18 birds, 3-5 territories and 95-96%). Juncos were surveyed in 2002 and 2003. All ten plots had small trees removed in 1998-2000.


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