Black Cap Vireo Habitat Restoration
On and off the past 12 years, Natural Texas has worked on a Preserve for Black Cap Vireos.
The prescription was to remove small cedars to promote forage
for Vireos and leaving the larger ones to provide nesting material. The small cedars to be removed were close to mature stands of Shummard Oaks.
The treatment for these shummard oaks were to cut 60% of large trees down and topping smaller understory shummards one foot off the ground. These smaller topped shummards plus young small shummards grow to be 6 to 8 foot tall and inches apart. The inches apart make it a secure shelter for nesting site for a small bird to navigate to its nest while preventing cats, foxes, hawks etc from following. The combination treatments provide forage and shelter for a bird in need of habitat.
About Carl Brockman
An Austin native, Carl Brockman is passionate about preserving the natural landscape of Texas. Carl is an ISA Certified Arborist, formally trained in prescribed burn management and in wildland firefighting, educated in wildlife management, and has more than twenty years experience helping landowners realize their properties’ potential. Through Carl’s experience and vision, Natural Texas has the ability to increase the productivity of your land, as well as its value.