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Gamebirds and Nest Cameras: Present and Future

Susan N. Ellis-Felege and John P. Carroll

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520273139.003.0003
Gamebirds and Nest Cameras: Present and Future

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Gamebirds, including species of Anseriformes and Galliformes, display a wide array of unique life-history traits.Nesting activities of game birds are of particular interest to determine production rates, identify predators, understand nest attentiveness, and monitor other nesting behaviors that can assist management of these species.Historically, researchers have used a variety of means to assess these parameters, but direct documentation has generally been difficult or impossible.Recently, camera systems have been used to monitor nest activities.Although most camera studies suffer from small sample sizes, they have demonstrated biases of using signs at nests for identifying predators and the prevalence of multiple predation events and partial clutch loss.Advances in camera technology offer fresh opportunities to address game-bird management needs.

Keywords: Anseriformes; camera; Galliformes; game birds; nesting; predation

Chapter.  6390 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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