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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Effects of fire on bird populations in mixed-grass prairie
Year: 1997
Author(s): Johnson, D. H.
Source Title: Ecology and conservation of Great Plains vertebrates
Source Type: Book
pages: 181-206
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: This chapter describes the impacts of fire on birds in the mixed-grass prairie, particularly research conducted in North Dakota. The response of killdeer, marbled godwit,upland sandpiper, willet, eastern kingbird, willow flycatcher, sedge wren, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, bobolink, western meadowlark, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, savannah sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, and Baird’s sparrow is discussed. Overall, the birds responded to fire in three ways. The first group responded positively to fire; these birds usually preferred open areas with short vegetation. A second group used habitats that needed some protection from fire. The third group avoided recently burned areas but preferred habitats that had little wood vegetation.
Publisher: Springer, NY
Editor(s): F. L. Knopf