Prescribed fire effects on wintering, bark-foraging birds in northern Arizona

  • Published source details Pope T.L., Block W.M. & Beier P. (2009) Prescribed fire effects on wintering, bark-foraging birds in northern Arizona. Journal of Wildlife Management, 73, 695-700.


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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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Bird Conservation
  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A paired, controlled study in the winters of 2004-2006 in ponderosa pine woodlands in Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Arizona, USA (Pope et al. 2006), found that hairy woodpecker Picoides villosus densities were higher in burned plots than controls (11 birds/100 ha in burned plots vs. 2 in controls). Pygmy nuthatch (45 in burn units; 40 in controls) and white-breasted nuthatch Sitta carolinensis (10 and 12) densities were similar between treatments. Activity of bark beetles (potential bird food) was greater in burn units (10% of trees having signs of beetles vs. 5% of controls). Burns took place in autumn 2003 (Coconino) and autumn 2003 and spring 2004 (Kaibab).


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