Fire effects on animal populations
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): L. Jack Lyon; Mark H. Huff; Edmund S. Telfer; David Scott Schreiner; Jane Kapler Smith
Editor(s): Jane Kapler Smith
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • amphibians
  • Bos bison
  • catastrophic fires
  • cavity nesting birds
  • cavity trees
  • coniferous forests
  • cover
  • fire dependent species
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire suppression
  • Florida
  • forbs
  • forest management
  • fragmentation
  • Gopherus polyphemus
  • grasses
  • grasslands
  • habitat
  • habits and behavior
  • invasive species
  • invertebrates
  • litter
  • mammals
  • nesting
  • nesting cover
  • nongame birds
  • old growth forest
  • Osceola National Forest
  • Picoides borealis
  • pine forests
  • Pinus echinata
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus taeda
  • population density
  • post-fire recovery
  • prairie
  • reptiles
  • SFP - Southern Fire Portal
  • shrubs
  • small mammals
  • snags
  • succession
  • surface fires
  • thinning
  • threatened and endangered species
  • understory vegetation
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
  • wildlife food habits
  • wildlife habitat management
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FRAMES Record Number: 1778
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20820
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: A13:88RMRS-42 v.1 and
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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The literature describing animals’ behavioral responses to fire, discussed in chapter 3, is limited. Furthermore, short-term responses do not provide insights about the vigor or sustainability of the species in an area. Studies of animal populations and communities are more helpful in providing such insights. Most research regarding fire effects on fauna focuses on the population level, reporting changes in abundance and reproductive success of particular species following fire. Population changes are the net result of the behavioral and short-term responses discussed in chapter 3, plus longer term responses (years to decades).

Online Link(s):
Lyon, L. Jack; Huff, Mark H.; Telfer, Edmund S.; Schreiner, David Scott; Smith, Jane Kapler. 2000. Fire effects on animal populations. Pages 25-34 In: Smith, Jane Kapler (Ed.). Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on fauna. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-42-vol 1. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.