Short-Term Response Of Bird Communities To Restoration Treatments Conducted At Woodland Sites

by Steve Knick, Steve Hanser, and Matthias Leu
This is a follow-up to an article describing the SageSTEP bird work in Issue 17, pp. 4-5.
Songbirds are often used as indicators of change in vegetation communities. Most songbirds have a high visibility and their numbers are relatively easy to estimate from surveys of calls by singing males during the breeding season. Any change in number of birds or species counted on these surveys then can provide evidence that habitats differ among locations or that the environmental template has changed either due to a long-term trend or a short-term response to a management treatments.

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