Vegetation and Birds of the El Edén Ecological Reserve, Quintana Roo, México

Angelica María Hernández Ramírez

Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Río Conchos 5915
Col. san Miguel
Puebla Pue. 72570 México
tel: (22) 292410
fax: (22) 45-2969

José María Ramos Prado

Universidad de las Américas, Puebla
Depto. de Química y Biología
Sta. Catarina Martir
Cholula Pue. 72820 México
tel: (22) 29-24-10
fax: (22) 29-20-66


Jerónimo García Guzman

Universidad de las Américas, Puebla
Depto. de Química y Biología

From July 10th to August 10th, 1995, the vegetation and some bird species were sampled at El Edén field station. The aim was to relate the composition and structure of vegetation with the spatial distribution of the bird community during this period of time. Bird populations were sampled by transects and vegetation with quadrants.

Tropical dry forest height is about 9 to 11 m, and 5 to 11 m for the savanna, basal area values were 17.05 m2/ha and 7.7 m2/ha respectively. Most bird species belong to fragmented habitats, richness and diversity (Shannon index) were higher in the savanna.

They differ in composition and in their spatial and temporal niches, showing their ecological and ethiological differences. Since stability of bird communities depend on its habitat, it is important to characterize vegetation, its changes and the consequences of these changes on bird communities. It is important to continue this pilot study through the coordinated effort with other researchers by setting a system of permanent plots to monitor not just the vegetation and bird communities, but also other ecological groups.

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