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A land manager's guide to conserving habitat for forest birds in ...

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“Conservation is a

“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” Aldo Leopold Photo: Al Woodliffe Funding for this publication was generously provided by: • Environment Canada: – Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species At Risk – Interdepartmental Recovery Fund • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources: – Species at Risk Stewardship Fund – Southern Science and Information Section • Eastern Ontario Model Forest Authors: Dawn Burke, Ken Elliott, Karla Falk, and Teresa Piraino Artwork: Peter Burke Acknowledgements: We would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the following people: Laurie Dool for layout and design, Lyn Thompson for graphics and editing, Trent University staff for administrative assistance, Melissa Strauss and Julia Phillips for writing assistance, our reviewers for ensuring we were on the right track: Jon McCracken — Bird Studies Canada, Erica Nol — Trent University, Brian Batchelor — OMNR Southern Science and Information, Michael Rosen — Tree Canada, and John Enright — Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. We would also like to extend our thanks to Al Woodliffe, Mark Peck, Greg Lavaty, Lucas Foerster, Brad Woodworth, Doug Tozer, Harold Lee, Scott Gillingwater, Bob McBroom, Scott Reid, Terry Schwan, Jarrid Spice, Kyle Aldinger, Mark Marek, and the Algonquin Park Museum for generously donating their photographs for use in this guide. Without this kind offer we would not have been able to produce such a visually appealing document. Finally, we would like to thank all the public and private land owners who have allowed us to work in their forests for the past 10 years. It is through this benevolent support that we have been able to develop an Ontario-based understanding of the relationships between birds, woodlands, and their management. Cover Foreground Rose-breasted Grosbeak — Photo: Jayne Gulbrand Cover Background Photo: Al Woodliffe

A land manager’s guide to conserving habitat for forest birds in southern Ontario CONTENTS PREFACE...........................................................................1 INTRODUCTION..............................................................3 FORESTS OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO ..........................11 FOREST BIRDS IN ONTARIO........................................15 THE FRAGMENTED FOREST .......................................25 FOREST HARVESTING ..................................................35 HARVESTING EFFECTS ON BIRDS .............................49 GUIDELINES FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF FOREST BIRD DIVERSITY ..........61 WHERE TO BEGIN.........................................................77 SUMMARY ......................................................................83 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES...........................................85 BIBLIOGRAPHY..............................................................86 BIRDS OF CONCERN....................................................88 GLOSSARY OF TERMS..................................................89 BIRD SPECIES ACCOUNTS ..........................................99 Photo: OMNR

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