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    Author(s): J. Matthew Buffington; John C. Kilgo; Robert A. Sargent; Karl V. Miller; Brian R. Chapman
    Date: 2000
    Source: Ecological Engineering 15 (2000) S115-S120
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    We evaluated the effects of revegetation techniques on breeding bird communities in a bottomland hardwood forest impacted by thermal effluent. In 1993, sections of the Pen Branch bottomland on the Savannah River Site, South Carolina, were herbicide-treated (glyphosate), burned, and planted; other sections were planted only while others were unaltered and served as controls. Few differences in the avian community occurred at 1 and 2 years post-treatment among treatments. Plots that were herbicide-treated, burned, and planted had greater species richness in 1994 and abundance in 1995 than sections that were planted only (P < 0.05). Bird species composition differed slightly among treatments and White-eyed Vireos (Vireo griseus), Common Yellowthroats(Geothylpis trichas), Indigo Buntings (Passerina cyanea), and Red-winged Blackbirds (Ageluius phoeniceus) were the most abundant species in the corridor. Revegetation techniques used to restore this thermally-impacted bottomland had little effect on the avian communities 1 and 2 years post-treatment.

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    Buffington, J. Matthew; Kilgo, John C.; Sargent, Robert A.; Miller, Karl V.; Chapman, Brian R. 2000. Effects of restoration techniques on breeding birds in a thermally-impacted bottomland hardwood forest. Ecological Engineering 15 (2000) S115-S120

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