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Individual study: Spring burning reduces bird nest numbers in the summer of the same year (but not thereafter) within Conservation Reserve Program fields planted with native grasses in the Flint Hills of Kansas, USA

Published source details

Robel R.J., Hughes J.P., Hull S.D., Kemp K.E. & Klute D.S. (1998) Spring burning: resulting avian abundance and nesting in Kansas CRP. Journal of Range Management, 51, 132-138


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Use prescribed burning on grasslands Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 1992-1995 in native grass-sown Conservation Reserve Program fields in Riley County, Kansas, USA (Robel et al. 1998), found significantly lower bird nesting density in fields with spring (mid-April-May) burning in the year of the burn, compared to control fields (27 of 399 nests found were on burned fields vs. 372 on controls). Nest success was 22% on burned and 34% on unburned fields. Average bird abundance on burned fields (year of burn) was6 birds/km of transect vs. 9/km on unburned fields. Species richness was similar (12-21 burned vs. 10-19 unburned).