Plan for Today (2/25/11). Weekly meteorologist Derek Jones Lecture: Fire effects on wildlife, intro. Guest lecture, Louise Venne- fire effects on wading birds in the Everglades Lab: Burn at ACMF?. Wildlife and Fire . Fire Ecology and Management, 2011 An introduction
Fire Ecology and Management, 2011
Adapted from Deborah Kennard
Most animal species respond predictably to the passage of fire, although the responses vary among species. Some flee, seek refuge, or rescue young. Other species are attracted to burning areas (forage during fires or feed on charcoal and ash after fires).
Photo by JeffHenry, courtesy of National Park Service.
Bison foraging and resting near burning area, Yellowstone National Park.
Scientists observed NO large mammals fleeing the fires, and most appeared “indifferent” even to crowning fires
Photo by Jim Peaco, courtesy of National Park Service.
Bison grazing in area converted by stand-replacing fire from shrub-dominated to forb- and grass-dominated cover.
Burned hillslope with high consumption of litter and organic matter resulting from the Buffalo Creek Fire which burned 4,690 hectaresin May 1996 in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado.Photo by John A. Moody
After the Cerro Grande Fire near Los Alamos, NM, channels draining burned areas have zones of erosion & deposition. The peeled bark indicates the highest level of water and debris during a flash flood. The view is downstream and the blue backpack is about 1 meter tall. Photo by John A. Moody