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Individual study: Forest management for red-cockaded woodpecker Picoides borealis has little effect on wood thrush Hylocichla mustelina movements and habitat use in Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA

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Lang J.D., Powell L.A., Krementzet D.G. & Conroy M.J. (2002) Wood thrush movements and habitat use: effects of forest management for red-cockaded woodpeckers. The Auk, 119, 109-124

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Thin trees within forests Bird Conservation

A controlled before-and-after study in 1993-1996 in loblolly pine Pinus taeda forests in Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA (Lang et al. 2002), found that habitat management for red-cockaded woodpecker (largely prescribed burning and thinning) had little effect on wood thrushes. This study is discussed in detail in ‘Use prescribed burning – pine forests’.


Use prescribed burning on pine forests Bird Conservation

At Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA (Lang et al. 2002), a controlled before-and-after study found that wood thrush habitat use ands movements in loblolly pine stands were very similar in stands managed for red-cockaded woodpeckers and control stands. Management consisted of thinning forests and prescribed burning, mostly on small scales, in stands up to 50 ha. Juvenile and adult thrushes were monitored by radio-tracking in two breeding seasons before management (1993-1994) and two after (1995-1996) on an experimental compartment, and for four years on a control (1993-1996).