SREL Reprint #0394

 

 

 

Bird Diversity and Thermal Stress in a Cypress Swamp

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

 

Abstract

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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