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Tamarisk in riparian woodlands: A bird’s eye view

January 1, 2013

This chapter presents a “bird's eye” view of tamarisk and examines some issues surrounding the management of tamarisk in riparian woodlands. The focus on birds is based on the fact that they are a relatively well-studied group that can provide important insights into the role of tamarisk in riparian ecosystems. Because the decline of native riparian habitat occurred concurrently with the spread of tamarisk, this invasive species has been portrayed as a key factor in the reduction of riparian breeding bird numbers. The chapter begins with an overview of the early perceptions and realities of why and how birds use tamarisk before turning to a discussion of the history of tamarisk control and its effects on birds. It then considers some of the changing perspectives about the management of tamarisk and riparian habitats in western North America.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title Tamarisk in riparian woodlands: A bird’s eye view
DOI 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.003.0011
Authors Mark K. Sogge, Eben H. Paxton, Charles van Riper
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70157245
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southwest Biological Science Center; Contaminant Biology Program