publication . Article . Other literature type . 2008

Tamarix as Habitat for Birds: Implications for Riparian Restoration in the Southwestern United States

Eben Paxton;
Open Access
  • Published: 29 Feb 2008
Abstract
Exotic vegetation has become a major habitat component in many ecosystems around the world, sometimes dramatically changing the vegetation community structure and composition. In the southwestern United States, riparian ecosystems are undergoing major changes in part due to the establishment and spread of the exotic Tamarix (saltcedar, tamarisk). There are concerns about the suitability of Tamarix as habitat for birds. Although Tamarix habitats tend to support fewer species and individuals than native habitats, Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas data and Birds of North America accounts show that 49 species use Tamarix as breeding habitat. Importantly, the relative use ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Nature and Landscape Conservation
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