Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Edited by Christine Ann Ribic and Frank Richard Thompson III

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780520273139
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520954090 | DOI:
Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

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Concern about declining populations of bird species that breed in the grasslands and other habitats of North America has spurred extensive research on factors that may affect their reproductive success. Understanding the causes of nest failure and reduced productivity is critical for the development of conservation strategies to sustain or increase bird populations. Since the mid-1990s, advances in miniature video cameras and recording equipment have provided researchers with improved tools for monitoring active nests and for studying the behavior and ecology of nesting birds. This volume highlights information gained from such research on a variety of avian taxa in several different ecosystems. The use of video surveillance systems has provided important insights into poorly understood aspects of breeding-bird biology, including hatching, fledging, diurnal and nocturnal activity, nest-predator identification, predator-prey interactions, and cause-specific rates of nest loss. Contributions in this volume offer fresh perspectives for bird conservation and management as well as for theoretical issues not well studied in many bird species.

Keywords: behavior; bird conservation; camera; monitor; nest predator; nesting; video; surveillance

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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