Journal article

Habitat. use at fire edges: Does animal activity follow temporal patterns of habitat change?

Kate Parkins, Amy Scott, Julian Di Stefano, Matthew Swan, Holly Sitters, Alan York

FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Edges are ecologically important environmental features that have been well researched in agricultural and urban landscapes. However, little work has been conducted in flammable ecosystems where spatially and temporally dynamic fire edges are expected to influence animal activity patterns, particularly for animals reliant on vegetation for cover, foraging or nesting. We quantified the response of ground-dwelling mammals to fire edges and sought to determine whether animal activity mirrored temporal changes in regenerating understorey vegetation. We used a space-for-time substitution sampling design and selected a series of 26 treatment sites burnt by prescribed fire, where time since fire ra..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This contribution forms part of a project funded by the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP). K.P. was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship, the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment and the Albert Shimmins Fund.