During spring and early summer, shrub- and herbaceous-level vegetation provides nesting and foraging habitat for many shrub-habitat birds. We examine relationships among arthropod biomass and abundance, foliage leaf surface area and weight, vegetation ground cover, soil characteristics, relative humidity, and temperature to evaluate what factors may influence arthropod food resources for birds.
Conner, R.N., D. Saenz, and D. B. Burt. 2006. Relationships among arthropods, herbaceous-shrub layer vegetation, and soil in an early succession pine stand. Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society 39:3-7.