SREL Reprint #0394




Bird Diversity and Thermal Stress in a Cypress Swamp

Donald O. Straney, Linda A. Briese, and Michael H. Smith



Thermal effluents increase the variances but decrease the means of diversity and evenness estimates for bird species in a cypress swamp.  Changes in species composition indicate that nonaquatic birds show a direct response to thermally induced changes in the structural elements of the habitat.  Woodpeckers take advantage of standing dead trees for food and shelter in thermally affected and post-thermal recovery areas; passerines are most affected by the amount of canopy and ground cover.


SREL Reprint #0394

Straney, D.O., L.A. Briese, and M.H. Smith. 1974. Bird diversity and thermal stress in a cypress swamp. p. 572-578. In Thermal Ecology, edited by J.W. Gibbons and R.R. Sharitz. CONF 730505. Atomic Energy Commission.

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