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Cavities in trees around spring seeps in the maple-beech-birch forest typeAuthor(s): Andrew B. Carey; William M. Healy
Source: Res. Pap. NE-480. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionWe examined 913 trees of 15 species in the vicinity of eight spring seeps in a second-growth maple-beech-birch forest. We found that 18 percent of the trees had large dead limbs that indicated top rot. We found 37 cavities in 27 trees (3.0 percent). However, only seven cavities were being used by wildlife in September and mice (Peromyscus sp.) used these as dens. The low density of cavities was not sufficient to maintain "fair" populations of cavity-nesting birds, and cutting trees to improve the seeps for wildlife would have little overall effect on cavity-using wildlife.
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CitationCarey, Andrew B.; Healy, William M. 1981. Cavities in trees around spring seeps in the maple-beech-birch forest type. Res. Pap. NE-480. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7p.
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