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Author(s):Gordon, David H.; Jones, Stephen G.; Phillips, Gary M.
Author Affiliation:Gordon: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Carolina Coastal Ecosystems Program, Charleston, South Carolina; Jones: Department of Aquaculture, Fisheries, & Wildlife, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; and Phillips: Branch Institute for Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Clemson University, Georgetown, South Carolina
Title:Golf courses and bird communities in the South Atlantic Coastal Plain
Source:USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online. Vol. 2, No. 16, August 15 2003, p. [1-11].
# of Pages:11
Publishing Information:Far Hills, NJ: United States Golf Association, Green Section
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf courses in the environment; Aves; Habitat improvement; Golf course construction; Urban forestry; Woodland landscapes; Wildlife
Abstract/Contents:"Although golf course construction significantly alters the natural wildlife habitat matrix, in many cases the post-construction complex of remnant, disturbance, and introduced habitat patches can provide valuable habitat for avian species including neotropical migrant land birds. Researchers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Clemson University sampled 24 golf courses that ranged in habitat alteration (e.g. disturbance of native vegetation) during the summer months of 2000 and 2001 to assess the value of golf courses to the breeding bird community of coastal South Carolina. The majority of birds (46.5%) associated with less developed landscapes (i.e. golf courses with less habitat disturbance) were woodland breeding species, while urban breeding species were found primarily on golf courses in which the majority of native vegetation had either been removed or replaced with ornamental vegetation, or contained a high level of human disturbance including residential and non-residential structures. Breeding bird species richness and neotropical bird richness were negatively related to landscape alteration and were greatly influenced by the amount of forested area within golf courses. Habitat improvements within golf courses for breeding bird species are possible by increasing the amount of forested area, particularly forested wetlands, pine forests, and pine-hardwood mixed forests, and creating scrub-shrub patches in the places of non-essential turf areas."
See Also:Other Reports from this USGA research project: 1998-52-160
Note:Includes map, "Study site location along northern coast of South Carolina" p. 2
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Reprint appears in Golf Course Management, Vol. 72, No. 7, July 2004, page 95-99
Reprint appears in USGA Green Section Record, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2004, page 19-24
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Geographic Terms:South Carolina
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Gordon, D. H., S. G. Jones, and G. M. Phillips. 2003. Golf courses and bird communities in the South Atlantic Coastal Plain. USGA Turfgrass Environ. Res. Online. 2(16):p. [1-11].
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