Clifton J. Whitehead

Controlled Burning Studies In Old Fields

A split-plot design was used to determine the effects of controlled burning at various seasons on vegetative communities in old fields on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area. Analysis of variance indicated no differences in the frequencies of grasses, legumes, and forbes resulting from September, December, March and May burns. Split-plot analysis of variance of frequencies of legumes, grasses, and forbes and frequency differences between burned and control plots indicated that benefits to bobwhite quail (colinus virginianas) (decreases in grasses and increases in legumes and forbes)...

The Effects Of Dog Harassment On Relocated White·tailed Deer

A telemetric study on the effects of dog harassment on released white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was conducted at the Buffalo Springs Research Center in eastern Tennessee from May 1973 to July 1977. Thirteen female deer, 2 fawns and II adults, were released. Five deer died either directly or indirectly because of dog harassment. Three experimentally controlled dog chases involving a single chase dog averaged 2.5 km in 21 minutes. Two chases, involving both "control" and free-running dogs, averaged 5.6 km in 42 minutes. One chase involving only free-running dogs covered 1.9 km in...

Artificial Propagation Of The Giant Canada Goose In Tennessee

A total of 107} giant Canada geese (Bran/a canadensis maxima) was artificially propagated and flighted from the Buffalo Springs Research Center during 7 breeding seasons. Annual production increased from less than 50 goslings during the first 2 years to O\\er }OO goslings in the final year. The progressive increases in success were attributed to recogni/ing and accommodating for behavioral characteristics of the species and through the use of sterile technique throughout the procedure.