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    Author(s): Richard D. Greer; Robert C. Whitmore
    Date: 1991
    Source: In: Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Twery, Mark J.; Smith, Shirley I., eds. Proceedings, U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency gypsy moth research review 1990; East Windsor, CT. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-146. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 133.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The impact of forest thinning, as an alternative gypsy moth management technique, on insectivorous birds and small mammals is being investigated in the West Virginia University Forest. The effects of thinning on predation of gypsy moth larvae and pupae by vertebrates are also being examined. Pre-thinning studies were conducted during the spring, summer, and fall of 1989 in 8 control stands and in 8 stands scheduled to be thinned during the winter of 1989-1990. Insectivorous birds were spot-mapped, and small mammals were pitfall and snap trapped to estimate abundance per stand. Mast traps were erected to estimate seed production per stand.

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    Greer, Richard D.; Whitmore, Robert C. 1991. Effects of gypsy moth-oriented silvicultural treatments on vertebrate predator communities. In: Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Twery, Mark J.; Smith, Shirley I., eds. Proceedings, U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency gypsy moth research review 1990; East Windsor, CT. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-146. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 133.

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