publication . Article . 2002

Breeding bird assemblages of hurricane-created gaps and adjacent closed canopy forest in the southern Appalachians

Cathryn H. Greenberg; J. Drew Lanham;
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  • Published: 25 Jul 2002 Journal: Forest Ecology and Management, volume 154, pages 251-260 (issn: 0378-1127, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Abstract We studied breeding bird assemblages in forest gaps created in 1995 by Hurricane Opal at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest in Asheville, NC. We hypothesized that forest gaps and adjacent closed-canopy forest would differ in bird density, richness, diversity, and relative abundances of some species. To test this hypothesis we censused breeding bird assemblages for 2 years in 12 gaps (0.1–1.2 ha) and 12 adjacent closed canopy controls using strip transects. Gaps had more coarse woody debris, shrub cover, brushpiles, and pit and mound microtopography than controls. Canopy cover was lower in gaps than controls, but remained high ( 69.4 ± 2.1% versus 89.6 ±...
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free text keywords: Forestry, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Nature and Landscape Conservation, Geography, Biodiversity, Experimental forest, Ecology, Species diversity, Species richness, Habitat, Nest, Coarse woody debris, Shrub, ved/biology.organism_classification_rank.species, ved/biology
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