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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Effects of cedar removal on wintering avian communities in the Texas Post Oak savanna
Year: 2002
Author(s): Hines, R. E.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 142
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Abstract: During the winters of 1998-2000, a comparative study was conducted in a post oak savannah to determine preferred habitats of wintering birds. A census of birds was conducted along 16 permanent transects placed across two sections of the Pat Mayse Wildlife Management Area in northeastern Texas in order to determine the effect of eastern red cedar removal as part of an ongoing savannah restoration project. Along these transects, eight separate habitat types typifying various stages of succession in a post oak savannah were evaluated for responses of both resident and migratory birds wintering on the site. Of the eight habitat types the cedar clump habitat and cedar cedar thicket habitat ranked low for preferred habitats. Preferred habitats were heavy brush followed by hardwood clumps. While eastern red cedar is considered a nuisance invasive species, there was concern that cedar may provide important winter habitat (thermal, etc). This study indicates elimination of eastern red cedar will not impact wintering avian communities, providing that other more preferred habitats are available.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall