Avian communities and vegetation composition in longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) restoration stands in the Upper Coastal Plain of Georgia
Gates, Brian Jamaal
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I determined baseline bird communities and vegetation composition in newly established longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) Conservation Priority Area and Bobwhite Quail Initiative (BQI) stands in the Upper Coastal Plain of Georgia in late spring/early summer 2001-2002. I used distance sampling to estimate bird density and occupancy models to estimate bird presence-absence and species richness. I also measured vegetation characteristics including vegetation height, % cover, and plant species present in the longleaf pine stands. Finally, I investigated the effects of vegetation characteristics and BQI management on bird densities and occupancy. I found that birds associated with grassland and shrub/scrub habitat were present in these stands, but were generally low at densities. Additionally, BQI management did not seem to positively affect bird abundance and occupancy. Relative bird species richness was generally high and increased the second year. These results suggest that CPA and BQI lands provide bird habitat, but management efforts need to be modified to maximize benefits of the CPA and BQI.