Distribution and relative abundance of forest birds in relation to burn severity in southeastern Arizona

  • Published source details Kirkpatrick C., Conway C.J. & Jones P.B. (2006) Distribution and relative abundance of forest birds in relation to burn severity in southeastern Arizona. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 70.


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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 2000 in pine and mixed forests in eight ‘Sky Island’ mountain ranges in Arizona, USA (Kirkpatrick et al. 2006), found that the distributions of 11 of 65 species of birds were affected by burning: 73% of species were positively associated with burned areas and showed stronger associations with severe rather than less severe burns.  Strong positive associations with severe fires were apparent for western wood-pewee Contopus sordidulus and house wren Troglodytes aedon, but negative associations were found for warbling vireo Vireo gilvus and red-breasted nuthatch Sitta canadensis.


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