Breeding bird assemblages inhabiting riparian buffer strips in Newfoundland, Canada

  • Published source details Whitaker D.M. & Montevecchi W.A. (1999) Breeding bird assemblages inhabiting riparian buffer strips in Newfoundland, Canada. Journal of Wildlife Management, 63, 167-179.


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Provide or retain un-harvested buffer strips

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide or retain un-harvested buffer strips

    A replicated, controlled paired sites study from June-July in 1994-5 in 16 pairs of forested buffer strips (20-50 m) and undisturbed riparian coastal forest in Newfoundland, Canada (4), found that bird abundance was higher in the buffer strips (average of 10.5 individuals/transect for buffer strips vs. 7.9 for control sites),  total species richness was similar (7.2 species/transect in buffers vs. 6.2 in controls) but that three of six specialist forest species were absent. Abundance of forest generalist, interior forest, and riparian species were similar between buffers and controls and did not increase in wider buffers. Buffer strips were adjacent to 3-5 year-old clear-cuts (> 10 ha) and were typically > 300 m long.

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