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Early Successional Habitat

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Light discing enhances early successional habitat with negligible erosion (PDF, 68.3KB)


Discing has been widely accepted as an important tool in creating early successional habitat for bobwhite quail, but conservationists had concerns about soil erosion. A study in Missouri by Mississippi State University concluded erosion was negligible with proper techniques, including timing and rotation.
Conclusion: Rotational strip discing enhances habitat for bobwhite quail and can be done with minimal erosive effect.

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Technical Note Biology 190-34 Fish and Wildlife Leaflet, Bird Use of Reforestation Sites:  Influence of Location and Vertical Structure

More butterfly species are found in wide buffer strips.  Iowa State University butterfly specialists looked at 49 filter strips, with widths varying from 60 to 550 Researchers found that habitat-sensitive butterflies, like the great spangled fritillary, liked wider buffer strips and preferred native grasses with forbs.

Conclusion: Butterfly use of buffers is consistent with bird use---even narrow buffers are used by common butterflies, but wider buffers with native grasses and forbs bring more diversity.