Influence of fire on Bachman's sparrow, an endemic North American songbird

  • Published source details Grand J.B., Robinson W.D. & Tucker W. (2004) Influence of fire on Bachman's sparrow, an endemic North American songbird. Journal of Wildlife Management, 68, 1114-1123.


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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A replicated study in 1999-2000 in longleaf pine forest at Conecuh National Forest Alabama, and Blackwater River State Forest, Florida, USA (Grand et al. 2004), found that Bachman's sparrow density was greater in forest patches during the first three years after burning (compared to four or more years). Density did not differ between stands burned during the growing season (April-September) or dormant season (October-March). More sparrows occurred in areas of denser, taller grass, regardless of burn season. As tree canopy cover increased, grass cover decreased. Fire suppression or burning at intervals of more than 4-5 years, resulted in a greatly reduced grass/herbaceous understorey.


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