A recent study revealed hotspots of rare and distinct tree species and evaluated conservation success in protected and non-protected areas.
Florida yew. Photo by Richard Carter, Valdosta State University, Bugwood.org.
In addition to changes in forest habitat that would affect flycatchers, warmer temperatures are likely to increase nest predation, especially by snakes.
Amphibians and reptiles tend to be most active during the spring and summer, when it’s warmer. A recent study compared how they respond to prescribed fires conducted during the growing season – when vegetation is actively growing – versus those in dormant season months.
The sustainability of ecosystem services provided by family forests also depends on the characteristics of bordering lands.