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Individual study: Responses of plant and bird communities to prescribed burning in recreated tallgrass prairie fragments at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa, USA

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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


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Use prescribed burning on grasslands Bird Conservation

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).