Vegetation and Avian Response to Prescribed Fire on Glade Habitats in the Missouri Ozarks.
Due to fire suppression and land use changes, Missouri glade habitats have undergone long-term declines in area and function leading to consequent declines in many bird species that rely on these habitats. We examined breeding bird species composition and vegetation community composition on three glade sites undergoing restoration with prescribed fire and compared them to three unbumed glade sites and three unbumed forest sites. Although we documented subtle changes in vegetation characteristics in response to prescribed fire, important structural characteristics, such as canopy cover (>55% at all study sites) and grass cover (
Comer, C.E., A.L. Bell, B.P. Oswald, W.C. Conway, and D. B. Burt. 2010. Vegetation and avian response to prescribed fire on glade habitats in the Missouri Ozarks. American Midland Naturalist 165(1): 91-104.