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Traditional Floodplain Forest Restoration May Decrease Bird Diversity

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April 5, 2002
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There may be a problem with lower Mississippi floodplain forests that have been replanted with common oaks. While the idea was that nature would do the rest, some types of trees may not recover on their own -- and new research suggests that this lower tree diversity may lead to lower bird diversity.

There may be a problem with lower Mississippi floodplain forests that have been replanted with common oaks. While the idea was that nature would do the rest, some types of trees may not recover on their own -- and new research suggests that this lower tree diversity may lead to lower bird diversity. "Birds tended to prefer uncommon tree species -- one bird, the yellow-throated warbler, was a virtual specialist on bald cypress," says Aaron Gabbe, who did this work while at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is now at the University of California at Santa Cruz. This work is presented by Gabbe and two co-authors in the April issue of Conservation Biology.


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