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Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273092

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273092.001.0001

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Who Feeds the Birds? A Comparison Across Regions

Who Feeds the Birds? A Comparison Across Regions

(p.267) Chapter Seventeen Who Feeds the Birds? A Comparison Across Regions
Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation

Christopher A. Lepczyk

Paige S. Warren

Louis Machabée

Ann P. Kinzig

Angela G. Mertig

University of California Press

Humans often engage in activities on their property that influence avian population dynamics and ecological processes. Yet we know little about the spatial or temporal distribution of these human resource subsidies or the factors that motivate people to engage in them. We assessed how people participate in three activities that influence birds in parallel studies in southeastern Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona (USA). In both regions, a large proportion of respondents fed birds and planted vegetation to attract birds, while fewer allowed cats outdoors. Striking differences between the regions came in the levels of engagement, with Michigan respondents much more likely to feed birds. Altogether, our findings highlight how human activities at local scales may alter ecological processes at larger scales.

Keywords:   bird feeding, breeding bird survey, human dimensions, landowners, rural-to-urban gradients, social surveys, socioeconomic

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