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Individual study: The effect of burning saltmarsh grassland on vegetation structure and bird communities at Mar Chiquita Biosphere Reserve, Chaco, Argentina

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Isacch J.P., Holz S., Ricci L. & Martinez M.M. (2004) Post-fire vegetation change and bird use of a salt marsh in coastal Argentina. Wetlands, 24, 235-243


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Use prescribed burning on coastal habitats Bird Conservation

A controlled study on salt marsh at Mar Chiquita Biosphere Reserve, Chaco, Argentina (Isacch et al. 2004), found that during 12 months after prescribed burns, specialist grassland birds reliant on taller grassland were absent, whilst common widespread species remained. A 200 ha spring burn in September 1995 encompassed Spartina spp. marsh and Juncus spp. marsh and although Juncus marsh recovered pre-burn vegetation structure within a year, Spartina marsh had not recovered to its original condition (the vegetation was still short). The bird community and relative abundances of bird species using Juncus marsh a year after burning were similar to that in unburned areas, but bay-capped wren-spinetail Spartonoica maluroides was present within burned areas at lower abundance than unburned habitat.