Knowledge Gained from Video-Monitoring Grassland Passerine Nests

Pamela J. Pietz, Diane A. Granfors and Christine A. Ribic

in Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780520273139
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520954090 | DOI:
Knowledge Gained from Video-Monitoring Grassland Passerine Nests

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In the mid-1990s, researchers began usingminiature cameras to videotape activities at cryptic passerine nests in grasslands.In subsequent years, use of these video surveillance systems spread dramatically, leading to major strides in our knowledge of nest predation and nesting ecology of many species.Studies using video nest surveillance have helped overturn or substantiate many long-standing assumptions and have provided insights on a wide range of topics.Using examples from grasslands, we highlight the accumulated knowledge about activities at nests documented with video; we also discuss implications of this knowledge for our understanding of avian ecology.Like all tools, video nest surveillance has potential limitations, and users must take precautions to minimize possible sources of bias in data collection and interpretation.

Keywords: camera; grassland; nest predation; nest surveillance; nesting ecology; passerine; video

Chapter.  11200 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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