Responses of plant and bird communities to prescribed burning in tallgrass prairies

  • Published source details Van Dyke F., Schmeling J.D., Starkenburg S., Yoo S.H. & Stewart P.W. (2007) Responses of plant and bird communities to prescribed burning in tallgrass prairies. Biodiversity and Conservation, 16, 827-839.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Use prescribed burning on grasslands

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Bird Conservation
  1. Use prescribed burning on grasslands

    A replicated, randomized, controlled study in May-July 1995-1997 in tallgrass prairie at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa, USA (van Dyke et al. 2007), found that overall, bird species richness and diversity did not vary between burned patches (3-9.3 ha) of prairie and unburned controls (9-12 species/plot in five burned plots vs. 7-10 species on five controls).


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