Thirty years of post-fire succession in a southern boreal forest bird community.
Abstract: Birds and vegetation were surveyed in a 9 ha plot in spring 1976 in a 73 y-old jack pine (Pinus banksiana)--black spruce (Picea mariana) forest in northeastern Minnesota. A 1368 ha wildfire burned across the area that autumn. The plot was resurveyed in 1977 and periodically through 2006. Before the fire, birds with the highest importance values were Blackburuian Warbler (Dendroicafusca), Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus), Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) and Bay-breasted Warbler (D. castanea). Within 7 y following the fire, canopy tree cover decreased to near zero as fire-damaged trees died. Afterwards, the canopy began increasing, reaching 53% cover by 30 y. Shrub cover, 8% before the fire, peaked at over 70% two decades after fire, primarily as a result of dense jack pine and black spruce regeneration, and then decreased to 58% 30 y after fire. The total number of bird species using the area doubled the first year following the fire while the number of bird species with discernable territories decreased 40%. Thereafter, territorial species began increasing and 30 y after the fire the number exceeded the pre-fire richness by 60%. Overall, density of bird territories decreased nearly three-fold the first 3 y after the fire, but by year 30, was over 56% greater than in the pre-burn mature pine forest. Loss of canopy was related to a reduction in warbler and vireo diversity while increases in woody debris and near-ground vegetation were related to an increase in ground-brush foragers such as White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) and Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina). Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) populations increased briefly as trees died, and for five years following fire there was an increase in woodpeckers and secondary cavity nesting species. At 7 to 10 y after fire, White-throated Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia), Chestnut-sided Warbler (D. pensylvanica), Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla) and Mourning Warbler (Oporornis philadelphia) dominated. White-throated Sparrow continued to be the most important bird species through the first two decades, followed by Magnolia Warbler and Red-eyed Vireo. Thirty years after fire, the dominant birds were Nashville Warbler and Ovenbird, followed distantly by Veery (Catharus fuscescens) Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus), Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) and Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia). Overall, bird species using the area after 30 y remained over 70% higher than in the mature forest before the fire.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Bird populations (Research)
Plant communities (Research)
Plant-animal interactions (Research)
Forest fires (United States)
Forest fires (Influence)
Biological diversity (Research)
Population biology (Research)
Authors: Haney, Alan
Apfelbaum, Steven
Burris, John M.
Pub Date: 04/01/2008
Publication: Name: The American Midland Naturalist Publisher: University of Notre Dame, Department of Biological Sciences Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences; Earth sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 University of Notre Dame, Department of Biological Sciences ISSN: 0003-0031
Issue: Date: April, 2008 Source Volume: 159 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 178535218

In Jun. 1976, as part of a long-term study of post-fire bird community development, we established a permanent plot in a 73 y-old jack pine (Pinus banksiana)--black spruce (Picea mariana) forest in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeast Minnesota. We chose this cover type and age class because it was one of the most abundant upland community types in the wilderness (Grigal and Ohmann, 1975; Heinselman, 1996) where disturbance from logging or development was absent. In late Aug. 1976, lightning ignited a wildfire that burned 1368 ha including the study area which was located along an upland ridge near the center of the burned area. The plot was reestablished and surveyed in Jun. 1977 (Apfelbaum and Haney, 1981) and again in 1979, 1983, 1995, 2001, 2002 and 2006. Historically, the primary natural disturbance of this area was fire, with return intervals for stand-replacing fire on uplands every 40-100 y (Telfer, 2000). Fires were typically large, averaged 4000 ha (Frelich, 2002) and commonly resulted in a stand replacement by jack pine and black spruce with various amounts of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) (Ohmann and Ream, 1971; Johnson, 1992; Heinsetman, 1996).

Frequency and severity of disturbances such as fire are a major influence on floristic composition, structure, and ecological functions (Pickett and White, 1985; Frelich, 2002). Virtually all aspects of avian habitat are influenced by the type, frequency, severity and intensity of disturbance (Hutto, 1995; Brawn et al., 2001). Disturbance by wildfire typically increases diversity of bird communities (Anglestam, 1998; Niemi et al., 1998; Brawn et al., 2001), although not necessarily by increasing alpha diversity, that is, variation within habitats (Herrando et al., 2003). Landscape patchiness generally is increased because of the irregular way fire interacts with edaphic variation (Denslow, 1985). Although many studies have examined response of bird communities to fire (Bock and Lynch, 1970; Bock et al., 1978; Fox, 1983; Apfelbaum and Haney, 1986; Raphael et al., 1987; Hutto, 1995; Saab and Powell, 2005), few have had the opportunity to compare pre- and post-fire data or followed the same fire disturbance for more than 25 y. In this study, we examine the successional development of the bird community over the 30 y following the stand-replacing fire and compare those changes to the avian community in the mature jack pine-black spruce forest that was present on the same plot in 1976 and on an unburned replicate plot 4 km away.


Our study was conducted in the Superior National Forest along the south-central edge of the boreal forest (Fig. 1). The stand in which our study was conducted originated from a 1903 fire. This age was determined from increment cores taken from dominant jack pines (Miron Heinselman, pers. comm.). Using hand-held compasses and tape, we established a 5 x 5 grid with each cell being 50 x 50 m. We marked each 50 m intersection with flagging (Fig. 2). Birds were surveyed from dawn to mid-morning during the last week of May through the first two weeks of Jun. with one to two experienced birders slowly walking grid lines, triangulating and recording locations of all birds seen or heard inside the grid area, as well as within 25 m of the outside of the grid. The total area covered, including the 25 m buffer, was 9 ha. Censuses ranged from 4 to 8 person-hours, averaging 6 person-hours each and were conducted only on days without significant wind and rain. An inventory involved five censuses usually spaced over 2 or more weeks. Locations for each species during the five censuses plus additional observations were compiled on summary sheets with territories being delineated from clusters of registrations, and other evidence, such as active nests, or adults carrying food or fecal sacs. Particular attention was given to locations of pair-behavior and conflicts between males. Birds were considered transient unless a species was recorded during at least three of the five surveys in the same approximate location. Transient birds, those recorded less than three times in the same location, were tallied as visitors (V) if in the plot, or peripheral (P) if outside of it.

Upon completion of the surveys, we estimated breeding density using the delineated territories and the percent area occupied by each territorial species within the plot. Numbers of territorial species were used to calculate the Shannon-Weiner index of diversity (H') for the breeding community. Using Kendeigh's (1970) energetic estimates, we also calculated the existence energy of each species in the community. Using the sum of relative cover, relative density, and relative energy consumption, we then calculated relative importance values for each territorial species, compiling the data by species and guild using Bock and Lynch's (1970) guild designations.


Vegetation was sampled in 8-12 randomly chosen grid cells with variation in number stemming from increased rigor in methodology. Sampling was conducted along transects that bisected selected cells. We initially used prism estimates of basal area of woody vegetation, but beginning in 1983, 50 m line intercept was used to estimate cover of trees (stems >5 cm dbh) and shrubs (stems <5 cm dbh and >1 m tall). Ground-layer cover (<1 m tall) was estimated in five 1 [m.sup.2] circular quadrats centered at 5, 15, 25, 35 and 45 m with cover for each taxa being averaged across each transect. To reflect vegetation diversity related to overlap of species, we summed average cover of taxa to obtain total ground layer cover. Within each ground-layer quadrat, we also estimated percent cover of fine litter (<5 cm diam) and coarse litter (>5 cm diam), percent rock or soil and percent bryophyte and lichen cover.


To provide a comparison for evaluating stability of the bird community composition and structure in a similar forest without fire disturbance, in 1983 we established an unburned replicate plot 4 km southeast of the study site. This replicate was in the same cover type and was established following a stand-replacement fire in 1903, the same year as our study plot (pers. comm., Miron Heinselman). We resurveyed it in 1998, but its usefulness as a replicate for this study was terminated by a severe disturbance during a regional windstorm in 1999.


Based on air photo interpretation, the unburned forest had a total tree cover of approximately 75%, consisting of 48% evergreen trees and 28% deciduous, mostly aspen (Table 1). Aspen tended to be concentrated in draws, whereas slopes and ridges were a mix of jack pine with some black spruce. Direct estimates of shrub and small tree cover averaged 8% and consisted mostly of willow and alder in small, isolated wet pockets. The sum of the average cover for ground-layer plants was 23% while bryophytes covered 61% of the ground. Exposed rock and soil was <1%. These data compare well with the vegetation parameters from the replicate site (Table 1).

The first spring after fire, many trees still retained live foliage resulting in a canopy cover of 48%. Shrub cover was essentially eliminated whereas the combined total cover of ground layer vegetation increased to 63%. Fringed bindweed (Polygonum cilinode), which was not present before the fire, covered nearly 18% of the ground the first year after fire and 14% 3 y afterwards. Ground-layer vegetation continued to increase with a total of 175% 3 y after fire before declining to a low of 7% cover 30 y after fire; about the same cover as in the unburned forest (Table 1).

Shrub cover, which rapidly increased with the growth of dense jack pine and black spruce seedlings as well as aspen spouts, peaked 19 y after fire at 73%. Bryophyte cover continued to increase, approaching 50% by the 30th year. Tree cover exceeded 50% with composition approximately the same as before the fire (Table 1).

The dominant bird species before fire, based on relative importance value (Table 2) were Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca), Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus), Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) and Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea). Of these species, only the Blackburnian Warbler returned and retained dominance the year following fire. This species was joined the first year after fire by relatively important populations of Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis), Yellow-rumped Warbler (D. coronata) and White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). Neither Dark-eyed Juncos nor White-throated Sparrows were recorded in or near the plot prior to fire. Ovenbirds, Red-eyed Vireos and Bay-breasted Warblers, dominant before the fire, were recorded only as visitors afterwards. Three years after fire, the only species from the mature forest that remained were Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula), both of which increased in number. White-throated Sparrows were dominant, followed in importance by Chipping Sparrows (Spizella passerina), Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Dark-eyed Juncos.

Seven years after fire, White-throated Sparrows continued to dominate. Secondary dominants included Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica), Magnolia Warbler (D. magnolia), Mourning Warbler (Oporornis philadelphia) and Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla), all of which typically nest and forage on or near the ground. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, present before and for several years after fire, were no longer present. Nineteen years after fire, White-throated Sparrows were still dominant, though much less so than at seven years following fire and only slightly exceeded Magnolia Warblers in importance. Secondary dominants 19 y after fire included Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler, and Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus). Red-eyed Vireo, Least Flycatchers (Epidonax minimus), Yellow-bellied Flycatchers (Empidonax flaviventris) and Veerys (Catharus fuscescens) were present for the first time since the fire. During the following 11 y, White-throated Sparrows continued to decline with concomitant increases in evenness among associated species, including Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia), Veery, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler and Nashville Warbler.

Richness of breeding species with discernable territories dropped from ten in the unburned plot to seven the first year and six the third year before increasing to 16 by 30 y after the fire (Table 3). Species diversity (H') exhibited the same pattern (Table 3). Visiting species, in contrast, increased from four in the unburned forest to 16 the first year after fire, peaked at 19 in the third year and then declined to eight species 30 y following fire. Total richness, the combination of territorial and transient species, remained constant during the 30 y following the fire ranging from 22 to 25. This was in sharp contrast to the combined 14 species recorded before the disturbance.

The four-fold increase in visiting species immediately after fire was mainly the result of the appearance of birds that prefer disturbed habitats such as American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and American Robin (Turdus migratorius), but it also included the arrival of specialists such as the Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) and secondary cavity nesters such as the Tree Swallow. Moreover, several persistent species present in the mature forest such as the Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, returned during the first years after the fire. Visitors to the recently burned forest also included species present in the unburned forest that returned but did not establish territories immediately after fire, such as Ovenbirds.

Breeding bird density, based on identified territories, decreased from 22.5 territories per 6.25 ha (144 per 40 ha) in the mature forest to 8.75 (56 per 40 ha) the first year after fire and 7.75 the third year (Table 3). After the third year, there was a gradual increase in breeding bird density to over 35 territories, 30 y after fire.

Compared to the unburned forest, we found that the total existence energy of territorial species decreased to about half of pre-burn levels the first 3 y after the fire, but by 7 y was 25% higher and increased through the 30th year (Table 3). Average existence energy per bird was lowest in the mature forest and highest during the first seven years after fire, although differences were not great. These differences parallel bird weight and result from greater abundance of ground-brush foraging species that, on average, are heavier than birds foraging in the canopy.

Tree-foliage searchers, which represented over two-thirds of the total importance of birds in the unburned forest, decreased by about half the first year after fire but still remained the most important guild mainly as a result of the continuing use of surviving trees in the burned forest by Blackburnian Warblers (Table 2). The prominence of Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrows and Swainson's Thrushes did, however, greatly increase the relative importance of ground-brush foragers. Nearly all trees on and around the plot with living foliage the first year after the fire, were dead by the third year. At that time, ground-brush foragers completely dominated, representing two-thirds the importance value of the territorial birds. By 7 y, ground-brush foragers represented over 80% of the importance and 33 of the 38 territories on the plot. Timber gleaners and flycatchers were also increasingly important after the first 3 y with the relative importance of both guilds peaking in the 19th and 23rd year communities. In contrast, we began to record timber drillers such as the Black-backed Woodpecker, less often.


The need for long-term post-disturbance studies is widely recognized (Brawn et al., 2001) and are even more valuable when based on pre-disturbance data. This study resulted from a serendipitous opportunity to examine avian community development on the same plot before and after a stand-replacing fire in a mature forest. Fire is, arguably, the most important disturbance in this region and the cover type of the unburned forest was the most common upland type, having originated from a previous fire. Our plot size, 9 ha with the 25 m buffer, was very close to that used by Bock and Lynch (1970) and their successors (Bock et al., 1978; Raphael et al., 1987) who compared birds after fire to those in a nearby, unburned control in the Sierra Nevada. The heterogeneous diversity of landform in the area we were working necessitated keeping our plot somewhat smaller to avoid including dissimilar habitats, especially black spruce bogs or open peat bogs. Because these observations were based on a relatively small, single plot, we felt it was important to find a reference stand outside the burn for comparison and were able to find an unburned replicate in the same age class and cover type 4 km away. Although the breeding bird data were similar, there was a much higher number of non-territorial, or transient, species on the replicate plot (Table 3). One of the most striking effects of fire on the overall structure of the bird community was the four-fold increase in non-territorial species, a response that persisted through at least the first 26 y (Table 3). The number of non-territorial species on the undisturbed replicate plot were comparable. We believe this unexpected similarity may have resulted from a nearby clear-cut, and if so, that suggests that the 25 m buffer we used was inadequate to separate very dissimilar habitats.

Like many others, (Bock and Lynch, 1970; Apfelbaum and Haney, 1986; Hutto, 1995; Helle and Neimi, 1996; Hobson and Schieck, 1999; Imbeau et al., 1999; Drapeau et al., 2000; Schieck and Hobson, 2000; Hannon and Drapeau, 2005), we found that tree-foliage searchers were the dominant guild in the mature forest and, following fire, these species soon are largely replaced by ground-brush foragers, woodpeckers and secondary cavity nesters with a concomitant increase in non-territorial species. Most Corvids and Picoids have territories much larger than we could detect with our 9 ha study plot. These, therefore, are recorded as non-territorial when, in fact, many may have been foraging within territories. Thus, our breeding bird density and related estimates, including diversity, are conservative.

The increase in ground-brush foragers, including transients, is consistent with the shifts in vegetation structure (Table 1). Live tree canopy cover was gone by 7 y following fire and ground cover increased by an order of magnitude. The ground layer decreased after the first decade giving way to small tree and shrub cover which increased nearly ten-fold. In addition to elimination of the canopy and increase in shrub and ground layer vegetation following the fire, there were important specific habitat changes. For example, fringed bindweed (Polygonum cilinode) , an annual herb that dominated the ground the first year or two after the fire, is an important food for ruffed grouse (Apfelbaum and Haney, 1984) and probably several other seed-eating species in mid- to late-summer. Ground-brush foragers reached peak dominance while tree-foliage searchers reached their lowest numbers 7 y after the fire. Tree-foliage searchers remained half as important as before the fire for three decades afterwards even when the canopy had recovered to over 50% cover.

Consistent with findings of Bock and Lynch (1970) and Fox (1982), we found that density of territorial species was only 42% the first year after fire compared to the pre-fire forest, and 34% the third year. Density then increased through 30 y. This differs from Hutto (1995), who reported similar territorial density on burned and unburned plots the first 2 y after fire in the northern Rocky Mountains. Intermediate stages of succession, 19 to 30 y in our data, had consistently higher breeding diversity than either the younger or older stands. Although the 30-y old forest had the highest territorial richness of species, density, biomass and existence energy, we expect that these parameters will soon begin a decline toward the levels in the pre-burn forest. This expectation is based both on the fact that density and richness were positively linked (P < 0.01) ([r.sup.2] = .801) as well as on our earlier findings in a wide range of post-fire habitats (Apfelbaum and Haney, 1986) which demonstrated the same.

Richness of territorial species dropped by over 30% immediately following fire and did not recover to pre-fire levels for nearly a decade. The decrease in territorial species, however, was more than offset by the increase in non-territorial species, which included generalists such as American Robin and American Crow that are more common in disturbed areas, and fire-dependent species such as the Black-backed Woodpecker (Nappi et al., 2003). Bock and Lynch (1970) reported similar differences. Like Bock and Lynch (1970), we also found that the average size of birds using the plot after fire was greater. Existence energy (Kendeigh, 1970) is closely related to the size of birds, but provides another metric for comparison of bird communities. Total number of territorial birds, total biomass, and total existence energy all increased about four-fold from the first year after fire to the 30th year, which was roughly twice as high as those metrics in the avian community in the unburned forest.

The reason richness, diversity and existence energy of the territorial population reaches a peak during intermediate stages of succession likely is related to increased vertical and spatial diversity of the vegetation structure (MacArthur and MacArthur, 1961; Erdelen, 1984; Schieck et al., 1995). Our observations are similar to the changes in vegetation following fire reported by Morissette et al. (2002). Foliage height diversity is lowest as the jack pine-black spruce forest first reaches maturity at about 60 y. After the first 20 to 30 y following fire, ground-layer vegetation and shrub layers are nearly absent on upland sites in larger burn scars until 100+ y when jack pine and aspen begin to give way to spruce and fir (Apfelbaum and Haney, 1986). The open understory and relatively dense canopy are unfavorable to most ground-nesting and foraging species. Moreover, the trees that did not survive during the self-thinning period have largely died and decayed before surviving trees reach maturity, so snags and cavities are uncommon, and remaining trees are all about the same size.

In contrast to territorial species, total richness of bird species using the habitat remained nearly constant during the 30 y after fire, and was more than 150% of the total richness of the mature forest, an observation also noted by Hutto (1995). The initial reduction in territorial species was more than offset by increased numbers of non-territorial species. These included species that had territories in the undisturbed forest and which returned after fire, but did not establish territories, a carry-over phenomenon we have observed after severe wind disturbance (Burris and Haney, 2005).

Much has been written about specialization within bird communities, but most emphasis is on diet and foraging strategies (Recher, 2004). Small passerines generally nest and forage in the same habitat and presumably habitat selection represents some optimization between reproductive success and foraging opportunities. Predictions of where species might occur depend on understanding habitat preferences (MacArthur and MacArthur, 1961). Highest overall avian diversity, in our study, was in early successional stages where generalists, or birds less particular about habitat, overlapped the specialists that are more restricted to heavier ground cover. As the forest approached maturity, generalists and ground-brush specialists decreased and canopy specialists dominated.

Results from this study clearly demonstrate the role of disturbance in maintaining ecosystem diversity especially over time. Of the 60 species recorded on our plot during this study, only 14 occurred in the mature forest before fire. The others were recorded after the fire during the first 30 y of succession. Not only did fire create opportunities for nonspecialists during the first few years after the disturbance, it also provided opportunities for some specialized species. In contrast, some species that responded negatively to fire in the short term, profited by habitat conditions created during later succession. Although less direct, these late-successional species are as disturbance dependent as those that responded shortly after the fire. By taking a longer-term look, the dynamic relationship between diversity, habitat, and disturbance is better illuminated.

Acknowledgments.--We are indebted to dozens of people who assisted us in the field. Among them, John Graham also offered valuable suggestions during the preparation of the manuscript. Others who were especially helpful with fieldwork include Rob Dunlavey, Erin Ernst, Anne Graham, Emil Haney, Emily Lain, Rebecca Power, Nancy Stevenson, Charles Sheviak and John Thomton. Suggestions by Gerald Niemi and an anonymous reviewer improved the manuscript.




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TABLE 1.--Summary of habitat variables (% cover) on the study plot
over 30 y following a stand-replacing fire compared to vegetation
before the fire (73 y-old forest) and on an unburned replicate
plot sampled during the same period. "ND" indicates that no data
was available for that particular year

                              Age (since stand-replacing fire)


Habitat variable             1       3        7    19   25   30

ground-layer                 63     175       75   34   12   7
bryophyte                    ND      23       22   43   55   46
fine litter                  ND      ND       ND   34   64   37
coarse litter                ND      ND       ND   25   29   15
litter (fine and coarse
  litter combined)           ND      ND       40   ND   ND   ND
mineral                      ND      ND        8    4    2    5
evergreen shrub              ND      ND       <1   63   57   52
deciduous shrub              ND      ND        0   22   26   11
shrub                        ND      ND       <1   73   70   58
evergreen tree               ND      ND        0    4   46   36
deciduous tree               ND      ND        0    1   13   21
tree                         48      20 (a)    0    6   55   53

                          Age (since stand-replacing fire)

                              Pre-Burn     Replicate

Habitat variable                 73        80     95

ground-layer                     23         7     16
bryophyte                        61        76     78
fine litter                      ND        ND     49
coarse litter                    ND        ND     18
litter (fine and coarse
  litter combined)               39        32     ND
mineral                           3        <1      4
evergreen shrub                   8        12      7
deciduous shrub                   3        12      5
shrub                             8        22     11
evergreen tree                   47 (a)    70     53
deciduous tree                   28 (a)    15     22
tree                             75        77     64

(a) Values given were estimated from aerial photography

TABLE 2.--Bird species importance values during 30 y of post-fire
succession following a stand-replacing fire compared to birds in
the unburned plot and control plot sampled during the same period.
Importance value is the sum of relative numbers, relative cover,
and relative existence energy (maximum value = 300). Birds plotted,
but not considered territorial, were recorded as visitors (V)
while birds recorded in the 25 m buffer area, but not inside the
plot, were recorded as peripherals (P). Foraging guilds follow
those of Bock and Lynch (1970)

Guild and species         Binomial

  Eastern wood pewee      Contopus sordidulus
  Least flycatcher        Empidonax minimus
  Olive-sided flycatcher  Contopus cooperi
  Tree swallow            Tachydneta bicolor
  Yellow-bellied          Empidonax
    flycatcher              flaviventris
Tree-foliage searchers
  American redstart       Setophaga ruticilla
  Bay-breasted warbler    Dendroica castanea
  Blackburnian warbler    Dendroica fusca
  Black-capped            Poecile atricapilla
  Black-throated blue     Dendroica
    warbler                 caerulescens
  Blue-headed vireo       Vireo solitarius
  Boreal chickadee        Poecile hudsonica
  Canada warbler          Wilsonia canadensis
  Cape may warbler        Dendroica tigrina
  Cedar waxwing           Bombyucilla cedrorum
  Golden-crowned          Regulus satrapa
  Nashville warbler       Vermivora mficapilla
  Philadelphia vireo      Vireo philadelphicus
  Pine siskin
  Red-eyed vireo          Vireo olivaceus
  Ruby-crowned            Regulus calendula
  Yellow-rumped           Dendroica coronata
Timber gleaners
  Black-and-white         Mniotilta varia
  Brown creeper           Certhia americana
  Red-breasted            Sitta canadensis
Timber drillers
  Black-backed            Picoides arcticus
  Downy woodpecker        Picoides pubescens

  Hairy woodpecker        Picoides villosus
  Northern flicker        Colaptes auratus
Ground-brush foragers
  American crow           Corvus
  American robin          Turdus migratonus
  Blue jay                Cyanocitta cristata
  Chestnut-sided          Dendroica
    warbler                 pensylvanica
  Chipping sparrow        Spizella passerina
  Common grackle          Quiscalus quiscula
  Common raven            Corvus corax
  Common snipe            Gallinago gallinago
  Common yellow-          Geothlypis trichas
  Dark-eyed junco         Junco hyemalis
  European starling       Sturnus vulgaris
  Evening grosbeak        Coccothraustes
  Gray-cheeked thrush     Catharus minimus
  Gray jay                Perisoreus canadensis
  Hermit thrush           Catharsis guttatus
  Magnolia warbler        Dendroica magnolia
  Mourning warbler        Oporornis
  Ovenbird                Seiurus aurocapillus
  Purple finch            Carpodacus
  Red-winged              Agelaius phoeniceus
  Ruffed grouse           Bonasa umbellus
  Song sparrow            Melospiza melodia
  Spruce grouse           Falcipennis
  Swainson's thrush       Catharus ustulatus
  Swamp sparrow           Melospiza georgiana
  Tennessee warbler       Vermivora peregrina
  Veery                   Catharus fuscescens
  White-throated          Zonotrichia albicollis
  Winter wren             Troglodytes
  Yellow warbler          Dendroica petechia
  Cooper's hawk           Accipiter cooperii
  Merlin                  Falco columbarius

                                Age (since stand-replacing fire)


Guild and species           1      3      7     19    22     23     30

Flycatchers                 0      0     17    35.4  30.7   36.2   27.4
  Eastern wood pewee                      V
  Least flycatcher                        V    19.1  30.7          23.3
  Olive-sided flycatcher    V            17                   V
  Tree swallow              V      V
  Yellow-bellied                               16.3         36.2    4.1
Tree-foliage searchers    161.9  97.5   22.8   91.4  100.6  111.4  84.8
  American redstart                            5.9                   V
  Bay-breasted warbler      V
  Blackburnian warbler    81.9     V      V    20.3    V             P
  Black-capped                   17.8                  V     8.6    3.3
  Black-throated blue                                  V
  Blue-headed vireo         V                                        V
  Boreal chickadee        17.6                         V
  Canada warbler                          V          15.7    3.9
  Cape may warbler
  Cedar waxwing                                 V             V      V
  Golden-crowned                                                   16.4
  Nashville warbler                V    22.8   31.2   43    22.4   43.4
  Philadelphia vireo                                                2.9
  Pine siskin
  Red-eyed vireo            V             V     34   24.5   17.7   19.1
  Ruby-crowned             5.8   25.9           V                   8.6
  Yellow-rumped           56.6   53.8     V     V    17.6   58.8   21.3

Timber gleaners             0      0      9    5.4   43.4   25.9   23.2
  Black-and-white                              5.4   43.4   25.9   23.2
  Brown creeper             V             9
  Red-breasted                                         V             V
Timber drillers             0      0      0     0      0      0      0
  Black-backed              V      V      V
  Downy woodpecker                                            V

  Hairy woodpecker                                                   V
  Northern flicker          V             V                   V
Ground-brush foragers      138   202.5   251   168    125   126.5   165
  American crow                    V            V             V

  American robin            V      V            V             V
  Blue jay                  V                          V      V      V
  Chestnut-sided                        38.1    V
  Chipping sparrow               69.9     V
  Common grackle            V      V
  Common raven                                                       P
  Common snipe                            V
  Common yellow-
  Dark-eyed junco         63.4   28.6
  European starling         V
  Evening grosbeak                 V                   V      V

  Gray-cheeked thrush       V
  Gray jay                  V      V      V     V      V      V      V
  Hermit thrush                    V            V             V      P
  Magnolia warbler                 V    32.4   43.1  23.7   26.6   13.2
  Mourning warbler                      25.8

  Ovenbird                  V                        37.8   23.1   33.5
  Purple finch              V      V            V                    V

  Red-winged                       V
  Ruffed grouse                    V                   V
  Song sparrow                     V
  Spruce grouse

  Swainson's thrush       22.2     V            30    23    15.2   25.9
  Swamp sparrow                         11.9
  Tennessee warbler                            4.8
  Veery                                        13.2  14.3   35.1   33.6
  White-throated          52.4    104    133   58.3  20.5   11.4   16.2
  Winter wren                      V     9.5   18.4   5.7     V     12

  Yellow warbler                          V            V    15.1
Raptors                     0      0      0     0      0      0      0
  Cooper's hawk                    V
  Merlin                                               V

                            Age (since stand-replacing fire)

                                 Burn        Replicate

Guild and species                 73        80        98

Flycatchers                        0       12.4      11.4
  Eastern wood pewee
  Least flycatcher                         12.4      11.4
  Olive-sided flycatcher
  Tree swallow
Tree-foliage searchers            212      253.   6  199.2
  American redstart
  Bay-breasted warbler           29.6       51       31.9
  Blackburnian warbler           82.8      112.   7  70.3
  Black-capped                              4.6
  Black-throated blue
  Blue-headed vireo              11.5        V         V
  Boreal chickadee               26.3                 3.6
  Canada warbler                            3.4
  Cape may warbler                                   23.9
  Cedar waxwing                                        V
  Golden-crowned                             V       45.6
  Nashville warbler                        11.7       36
  Philadelphia vireo
  Pine siskin                              19.1
  Red-eyed vireo                 33.3        V         V
  Ruby-crowned                    18        34        6.4
  Yellow-rumped                  10.9      22.5      17.6
Timber gleaners                  20.2       8.4       17
  Brown creeper                   9.8       8.4
  Red-breasted                   10.4                 17
Timber drillers                    0         0         0
  Downy woodpecker

  Hairy woodpecker
  Northern flicker                                     V
Ground-brush foragers            67.3      25.6      72.3
  American crow

  American robin
  Blue jay                                   V         V
  Chestnut-sided                                       V
  Chipping sparrow                         13.9      14.6
  Common grackle
  Common raven                               V         V
  Common snipe
  Common yellow-                                       V
  Dark-eyed junco
  European starling
  Evening grosbeak                                     V

  Gray-cheeked thrush
  Gray jay                         V         V
  Hermit thrush                    V
  Magnolia warbler                           V
  Mourning warbler

  Ovenbird                       67.3
  Purple finch                               V

  Ruffed grouse
  Song sparrow
  Spruce grouse                    V         V

  Swainson's thrush                                    V
  Swamp sparrow                                      15.9
  Tennessee warbler                         6.2        V
  White-throated                                      5.8
  Winter wren                      V

  Yellow warbler
Raptors                            0         0         0
  Cooper's hawk

TABLE 3. Summary of bird community variables during 30 y of succession
following a stand-replacing fire compared to the bird community before
the fire (73 y-old forest) and on an unburned control plot sampled
during the same period at age 80 and 95

                                   Age (since stand-replacing fire)


Community variable                 1       3        7      19       25

Number territorial birds          17.5    15.5    48      47      54
Total avian biomass              282.8   247.8   846.3   758     805.6
Mean biomass/bird                 16.2    16      17.6    16.1    14.9
Tot. existence energy (kcal)     243     214     704     648     713
Mean existence energy/bird        13.9    13.8    14.7    13.8    13.2
Years since fire                   1       3       7      19      25
Territories/ 6.25 ha               8.75    7.75   24      23.5    27
Territories/10 ha                 14      12.4    38.4    37.6    43.2
Territorial species (richness)     7       6       9      13      12
Total Cover (all species)         68      81     170     130     174
Total Energy                     243     214     704     648     713
Transient species (richness)      16      19      13       9      11
Total species (richness)          23      25      22      22      23
H'                                 1.68    1.65    1.8     2.36    2.34
J'                                 0.87    0.92    0.82    0.92    0.94

                                   Age (since stand-replacing fire)

                                   Post-Burn      Burn     Replicate

Community variable                26       30     73      80       95

Number territorial birds          65      70.5    45      54      48
Total avian biomass              989.5  1090.7   588.6   546.6   468
Mean biomass/bird                 15.2    15.5    13.1    10.1     9.75
Tot. existence energy (kcal)     869     930     550     568     486
Mean existence energy/bird        13.4    13.2    12.2    10.5    10.1
Years since fire                  26      30      73      80      98
Territories/ 6.25 ha              32.5    35.25   22.5    27      24
Territories/10 ha                 52      56.4    36      43.2    38.4
Territorial species (richness)    13      16      10      12      13
Total Cover (all species)        173     205      95     132      71
Total Energy                     869     930     550     568     486
Transient species (richness)      12       8       4      10      12
Total species (richness)          25      24      14      22      25
H'                                 2.38    2.59    2.06    1.9     2.19
J'                                 0.93    0.93    0.89    0.76    0.85
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