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Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds$
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Christine Ann Ribic and Frank Richard Thompson III

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273139

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273139.001.0001

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Knowledge Gained from Video-Monitoring Grassland Passerine Nests

Knowledge Gained from Video-Monitoring Grassland Passerine Nests

(p.3) Chapter One Knowledge Gained from Video-Monitoring Grassland Passerine Nests
Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Pamela J. Pietz

Diane A. Granfors

Christine A. Ribic

University of California Press

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

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