The Birds of Sugarcreek, an Ohio Nature Reserve

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dc.creator Noss, Reed Frederick en_US 2006-07-07T01:55:07Z 2006-07-07T01:55:07Z 1981-01 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Ohio Journal of Science. v81, n1 (January, 1981), 29-40 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-0950 en_US
dc.description Author Institution: Graduate Program in Ecology, University of Tennessee en_US
dc.description.abstract During the breeding and postbreeding seasons of 1978, the avifauna of the internally heterogeneous Sugarcreek Reserve in southwestern Ohio was censused to discern trends in species composition and richness. With 61 species of breeding birds, Sugarcreek Reserve contains a richer avifauna than comparable temperate areas for which diversity values have been reported in the literature. This high bird species richness results from high internal habitat heterogeneity and edge effects, the comparatively large size of the study area (228 ha), and the recent insularization and concomitant supersaturation of the reserve as surrounding habitat became unsuitable for many species. The observed bird species composition indicates a disturbed community. Future management of Sugarcreek Reserve should emphasize preservation of extinction-prone species assemblages rather than high habitat and species diversity per se. en_US
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dc.title The Birds of Sugarcreek, an Ohio Nature Reserve en_US