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Managing Suburban Forest Fragments for Birds

WithChandler S. Robbins

This chapter addresses primarily ways of making a patch of woods more attractive to a greater variety of birds; but whatever management enhances a diversity of birdlife assures that other wildlife will also find it attractive. Most natural woodlands have a good variety of plants that are adapted to the climate and soils of the particular area. Frequently, humans have made dramatic changes over the years that tend to reduce biotic diversity. In mature, eastern deciduous woodland there are several layers of vegetation, each with its distinctive bird population. Area sensitivities vary from species to species, and are also influenced by the regional landscape, especially the isolation of the woods and the total amount of woodland in the vicinity. Wooded corridors are important to birds as well as to terrestrial wildlife because they permit easy and safe movement from one feeding area to another or safe passage during migration.