Optimizing burn regimes to maintain snags for savanna birds in Minnesota
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief / Bulletin
Author(s): Kathleen M. Quigley
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

  • birds
  • breeding birds
  • fire frequency
  • fire regime
  • Minnesota
  • oak savanna
  • optimization
  • savannas
  • snags
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Record Last Modified: May 13, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 61207


[from the text] Loss of fire-dependent habitat, like oak savannas, is associated with a decline in bird species that depend on these important habitats. Fire-sensitive trees that are killed by prescribed burns in savannas become standing dead trees (snags) on the landscape which provide habitat for bird nesting and territorial and mating displays. However, the response of snag abundance to fire and subsequent role of snags in providing habitat for specialist birds has not been investigated. Davis and Miller (2018) investigated relationships among fire, snag abun-dance, and breeding bird populations in an oak savanna in Minnesota from 1995 – 2017.

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Quigley, Kathleen. 2019. Optimizing burn regimes to maintain snags for savanna birds in Minnesota. Research Brief for Resource Managers RB-19-3. Lake States Fire Science Consortium. 2 p.