Bird populations and vegetation characteristics in managed and old-growth forests, northeastern Oregon.

Robert W Mannan, E. C. Meslow

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The abundance of large snags in old-growth forests was probably responsible, in part, for the relatively high numbers of red-breasted nuthatches Sitta canadensis and most other hole-nesting birds observed in this habitat. Large trees were indirectly important to hole-nesting birds because they provided a source of large snags. Grand fir Abies grandis trees were used by Townsend's warblers Dendroica townsendi and golden-crowned kinglets Regulus satrapa when foraging and nesting. The abundance of these 2 bird species in old-growth forests is attributed to the presence of this understory tree component. Species of birds that were more abundant in managed forests than in old-growth forests appeared to be attracted to the open structure of the managed stands. The effects are discussed of replacing old-growth forests with managed forests in bird species in NE Oregon.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1238
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology

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