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Keyword: pinyon-juniper woodland

Pinyon jays: Orchardists of the Great Basin’s woodlands

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 01, 2016
Over the past century, many pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Great Basin have expanded their range and increased their stand densities. These changes in structure and extent have effects on both the species that use the woodlands and to species whose habitat is being encroached by them. We observed and described where pinyon jays prefer to cache seeds in order to gain an understanding on how and where expansion and infill is likely to occur and to what extent jays are facilitating these processes.

Variation in ant populations with elevation, tree cover, and fire in a pinyon-juniper-dominated watershed

Publications Posted on: March 14, 2008
Climate change and fire suppression have facilitated expansion of pinyon-juniper woodlands into sagebrush- steppe ecosystems of the Great Basin, USA, resulting in a loss of biological diversity.