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Individual study: Prescribed burning appears not to enhance sage grouse Centrocercus urophasianus brood-rearing habitat in xeric sagebrush, Big Desert, Idaho, USA

Published source details

Fischer R.A., Reese K.P. & Connelly J.W. (1996) An investigation on fire effects within xeric sage grouse brood habitat. Journal of Range Management, 49, 194-198


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Use prescribed burning on shrublands Bird Conservation

A controlled before-and-after study in May-August 1989 in Wyoming big sagebrush Artemisia tridentata wyomingensis and threetip sagebrush A. tripartita scrub in Big Desert, Idaho, USA (Fischer et al. 1996), found that relative abundances of greater sage grouse Centrocercus urophasianus were similar between a burned and unburned area before and after burning. Abundances of Hymenoptera species (an important part in grouse diets) were significantly lower in the burned area two and three years after burning.