The Effect of Fire on Woody Plant Selection by Nesting Nongame Birds
CitationRenwald, J. D. (1978). The effect of fire on woody plant selection by nesting nongame birds. Journal of Range Management, 31(6), 467-468.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractSelection of woody plants by nesting nongame birds was investigated in burns of several different ages in a honey mesquite-tobosagrass community in central Texas. Lotebush and honey mesquite were the most important plants used with nesting activity recorded in 30.3% of all lotebushes inspected. The average volume of 97 occupied lotebushes was 1.6m3. Above-ground age of the smallest plants used averaged 6.1 years. The majority (68.6%) of the lotebushes counted in density plots were resprouts following fires and only 3.0 plants/ha were actually available as nest sites.