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Effects of Controlled Burns on Breeding Bird Species and Density in Myles Standish SF

Principal Investigator(s):

Trevor Lloyd-Evans

Institution:

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Project Term:

2009 - 2010

Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF) and adjacent natural areas comprise one of the three largest remaining Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida)/Scrub Oak (Quercus ilicifolia) ecosystems in the world, providing essential habitat to many species of rare and threatened plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. In particular, MSSF provides core breeding habitat for three bird species which are rapidly declining in New England – Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor), Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) and Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythropthalmus) – as well as for many other vulnerable animals and plants such as the well known Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferous), Barrens Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia) and Broom Crowberry (Corema conradii).

Project Report: Effects of Controlled Burns on Breeding Bird Species and Density in Myles Standish SF

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