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Selection of fire-created snags at two spatial scales by cavity-nesting birds

Author(s): Victoria A. Saab, Ree Brannon, Jonathan G. Dudley, Larry Donohoo, Dave Vanderzanden, Vicky Johnson, Henry Lachowski
Year Published: 2002

We examined the use of snag stands by seven species of cavity-nesting birds from 1994-1998. Selection of snags was studied in logged and unlogged burned forests at two spatial scales: microhabitat (local vegetation characteristics) and landscape (composition and patterning of surrounding vegetation types). We modeled nest occurrence at the landscape scale by using Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery. At both spatial scales, we observed a continuum in habitat use with the extremes represented by black-backed and Lewis's woodpeckers. A range of habitat conditions characteristic of black-backed and Lewis's woodpeckers would likely incorporate habitat features necessary for nest occurrence of other members in the cavity nesting bird community.

Citation: Saab, Victoria A.; Brannon, R.; Dudley, Jonathan G.; Donohoo, L.; Vanderzanden, D.; Johnson, V.; Lachowski, H. 2002. Selection of fire-created snags at two spatial scales by cavity-nesting birds. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-181. Albany, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. p. 835-848.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Wildlife, Fire & Wildlife, Birds, Cavity-nesters, Management Approaches
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11198
FRAMES RCS number: 6180
Record updated: Mar 14, 2018