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Are boreal birds resilient to forest fragmentation? An experimental study of short-term community responsesDownload
Abstract: We studied the effect of habitat fragmentation on the richness, diversity, turnover, and abundance of bleeding bird communities in old, boreal mixed-wood forest by creating isolated and connected forest fragments of 1, 10, 40, and 100 ha. Connected fragments were linked by 100 m wide...
Composition and structure of spider assemblages in layers of the mixedwood boreal forest after variable retention harvestDownload
Natural disturbances are important drivers of ecosystem change in the boreal forest and new approaches to sustainable forest management draw on natural disturbance patterns as a template for harvesting. The main premise for such approach is that species have evolved and adapted to stand-replacing...
Abstract. Building or maintaining corridors in fragmented landscapes may be an important method to conserve gap-sensitive species that avoid crossing gaps in forest cover. We tested the effectiveness of corridors by examining the changes in abundance of boreal birds pre- and post-logging in...
Fire history, landscape biodiversity and indicators for sustainable management of the boreal mixedwood forestDownload
I examined the response of invertebrate assemblages to the forest mosaic established by past fire events, and tested the performance of trees as biodiversity surrogates in accurately reflecting relationships between fire history and invertebrate assemblages. Over 80 % of the studied landscape...
Abstract: Forestry and other activities are increasing in the boreal mixedwood of Alberta, with a concomitant decrease in older forest. The Barred Owl (Strix varia) is an old-growth indicator species in some jurisdictions in North America. Hence, we radio-tagged Barred Owls in boreal mixedwood in...