SREL Reprint #2786

 

 

 

Avian response to forest management and military training activities at Fort Benning, Georgia

Lisa Duncan, John Dilustro, and Beverly Collins

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, P.O. Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802

Abstract: Evaluating intensity and effects of land use disturbance is difficult, especially in sites with multiple land use. We conducted point counts to determine if abundance of bird species could be used to assess military training and forestry management practices at Fort Benning, Georgia. We evaluated heavy and light use sites in the 1st growing season after prescribed fire and in the 3rd growing season postfire. Results focus on species common to early successional habitats and pine-grasslands and on forest species and habitat generalists. In the 3rd growing season postfire, Indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea) and northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) were more abundant in recently burned heavy use sites than in light use sites. Conversely, red-eyed vireos (Vireo olivaceus) were more abundant in light use sites in the 3rd growing season post-fire than in recently burned, heavy use sites. Further study could help determine if these species are indicators of disturbance.

SREL Reprint #2786

Duncan, L., J. Dilustro, and B. Collins. 2004. Avian response to forest management and military training activities at Fort Benning, Georgia. Georgia Journal of Science 62:95-103.

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