IN THIS ISSUE...
RESEARCH & LAND MANAGEMENT
- Game Bird Seminar/Fall Field Day
- Carolina Field Day at Heatherstone Farm
- Experimental Wiregrass Plots Remapped
- Red-cockaded Woodpeckers on Dixie Plantation
- Hurricane Michael Impacts Woodyard Hammock
- Bobwhites in the Eye of the Storm
Fall 2018 | Vol 11 | No 4
Hurricane Michael made landfall at 12:30 PM, Wednesday, October 10, near Mexico Beach, Florida with sustained winds of 155 mph. It entered Georgia as a Category 4 storm, and quickly headed to the northeast causing catastrophic damage to timber stands as far north as Albany, Georgia.
While the devastating effects of hurricanes headline the news and social media, from wind-torn towns and cities to flooded interstates and washed out roadways, their impacts on wildlife, and bobwhite in particular, are frequently part of the conversation during or following such events. Numerous studies have shown that birds have an uncanny “sixth sense” for detecting storm events well in advance—as much as 5–7 days—of approaching storms.
When Dr. William Platt established a long-term study of the Woodyard Hammock old-growth beech-magnolia forest on Tall Timbers in 1978, he had hurricanes in mind. He was interested in how tropical storms would contribute to perpetuation of this ancient forest by knocking over or snapping some of the canopy trees and thereby letting light into treefall gaps, where the next generation of trees would compete for light as they grow.