Management practices directed at recovery of red-cockaded woodpeckers Picoides borealis does not always provide suitable habitat for Bachman's sparrow Aimophila aestivalis, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, USA

  • Published source details Hill G.E., Holler N.R., Tucker J.W. & Plentovich S. (1998) Enhancing Bachman's sparrow habitat via management of red-cockaded woodpeckers. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 62, 347-354


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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 study in 2004-2005 in open pine forests at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, USA (Hill et al. 1998), found that eight of 21 plots managed intensively for red-cockaded woodpeckers contained Bachman's sparrows. Management was mainly prescribed burning but included some midstorey clearing. Some areas with woody midstory vegetation and lacking dense ground cover were unsuitable for breeding sparrows. A burn rotation of 3-5 years (burning early in the growing season) appeared best to encourage the dense grassy understory and sparse midstory preferred by Bachman's sparrows for nesting, whilst not decreasing habitat suitability for red-cockaded woodpeckers.


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