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Fire in California's Ecosystems$
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Neil Sugihara

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246058

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246058.001.0001

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Fire and Animal Interactions

Fire and Animal Interactions

(p.118) chapter 7 Fire and Animal Interactions
Fire in California's Ecosystems

Kevin E. Shaffer

William F. Laudenslaye

University of California Press

This chapter investigates how fire affects animals that inhabit different habitats, terrestrial and aquatic animal populations and communities, and animal habitat structure, composition, and function. The temporal, spatial, and magnitude attributes of a fire all influence animals and their habitat. Many surface fauna try to escape fire by sequestering themselves inside or under surface features. Seasonality of fire and fire return interval can have a dramatic effect on reproductive viability. Reproduction and survival of animal species with extended breeding and foraging seasons may be significantly affected by a long fire season. The kinds of interactions that can occur between fire and ecosystem and possible ramifications at the broader ecological levels are elaborated. Many animal populations and communities in California have adapted and persist in a fire-prone environment. Fire affects a myriad of animals both directly and indirectly through effects on their habitats.

Keywords:   fire, fauna, California, habitats, reproduction, survival, breeding, foraging

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