Natural and mechanical techniques have been used to produce and improve the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) habitat, but not many studies have used aeration as a disturbance treatment. Majority of this research is based on aeration and prescribed burning treatments on norther bobwhite breeding habitat in South Texas. The objectives of this study were to 1) compare the effects of disturbance treatments on the vegetation community, 2) compare the effects of disturbance treatments on the insect community, and 3) determine which disturbance treatment(s) provided ideal brooding habitat for breeding hens and chicks. Aeration only, burn only, and aeration plus burn treatments provided the best nesting and brooding habitat by increasing food selection and nesting sites. Aeration only and the control plots produced ideal insect communities within the bobwhite habitat during 2009 (dry year) while burn only and aeration plus burn treatments produced the best insect populations in 2010 (wet year).
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