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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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Attendance Patterns and Survival of Western Meadowlark Nests

Attendance Patterns and Survival of Western Meadowlark Nests

(p.61) Chapter Five Attendance Patterns and Survival of Western Meadowlark Nests
Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Larkin A. Powell

Matthew D. Giovanni

Scott Groepper

Mitchell L. Reineke

Walter H. Schacht

University of California Press

Biologists have linked nest attendance and nestling feeding rates to nest predation risk, and advances in video nest monitoring allow continuous data collection to provide this information. We documented attendance patterns at western meadowlark nests, identified nest predators, and assessed the effects of our camera system on nest survival in the Nebraska Sandhills.Meadowlark females were absent, as a proportion of time, 0.24 during the day and 0.04 during the night throughout incubation, and 0.66 and 0.13, respectively, during the nestling stage. We found no evidence of negative effects of nest cameras on estimates of daily nest survival. The attendance patterns we observed may contribute to temporal trends observed in daily nest survival of grassland birds.

Keywords:   attendance, nest absence, survival, nest predators, western meadowlark

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