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Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Christine Ann Ribic and Frank Richard Thompson III


Concern about declining populations of bird species that breed in the grasslands and other habitats of North America has spurred extensive research on factors that may affect their reproductive success. Understanding the causes of nest failure and reduced productivity is critical for the development of conservation strategies to sustain or increase bird populations. Since the mid-1990s, advances in miniature video cameras and recording equipment have provided researchers with improved tools for monitoring active nests and for studying the behavior and ecology of nesting birds. This volume high ... More

Keywords: behavior, bird conservation, camera, monitor, nest predator, nesting, video, surveillance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273139
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Ann Ribic, editor

Frank Richard Thompson III, editor

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Part One Synthesis/Overview

Chapter One Knowledge Gained from Video-Monitoring Grassland Passerine Nests

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

Chapter Two Conservation Implications When the Nest Predators Are Known

Frank R. Thompson III, and Christine A. Ribic

Chapter Three Gamebirds and Nest Cameras: Present and Future

Susan N. Ellis-Felege and John P. Carroll

Part Two Breeding Behavior

Chapter Four Hatching and Fledging Times from Grassland Passerine Nests

Pamela J. Pietz, Diane A. Granfors, and Todd A. Grant

Chapter Five Attendance Patterns and Survival of Western Meadowlark Nests

Larkin A. Powell, Matthew D. Giovanni, Scott Groepper, Mitchell L. Reineke, and Walter H. Schacht

Chapter Six Sprague's Pipit Incubation Behavior

Stephen K. Davis and Teslin G. Holmes

Chapter Seven Patterns of Incubation Behavior in Northern Bobwhites

Jonathan S. Burnam, Gretchen Turner, Susan N. Ellis-Felege, William E. Palmer, D. Clay Sisson, and John P. Carroll

Chapter Eight The Influence of Weather on Shorebird Incubation

Paul A. Smith, Sarah A. Dauncey, H. Grant Gilchrist, and Mark R. Forbes

Chapter Nine Nocturnal Activity of Nesting Shrubland and Grassland Passerines

Christy M. Slay, Kevin S. Ellison, Christine A. Ribic, Kimberly G. Smith, and Carolyn M. Schmitz

Part Three Behavioral Responses to Predation/Predator Identification

Chapter Ten Bird Productivity and Nest Predation in Agricultural Grasslands

Christine A. Ribic, Michael J. Guzy, Travis J. Anderson, David W. Sample, and Jamie L. Nack

Chapter Eleven Predatory Identity Can Explain Nest Predation Patterns

Jennifer L. Reidy and Frank R. Thompson III

Chapter Twelve Nest Defense

Kevin S. Ellison and Christine A. Ribic

Chapter Thirteen Partial Depredations on Northern Bobwhite Nests

Susan N. Ellis-Felege, Anne Miller, Jonathan S. Burnam, Shane D. Wellendorf, D. Clay Sisson, William E. Palmer and John P. Carroll

Chapter Fourteen Identification of Sprague's Pipit Nest Predators

Stephen K. Davis, Stephanie L. Jones, Kimberly M. Dohms, and Teslin G. Holmes

Part Four Technology

Chapter Fifteen Development of Camera Technology for Monitoring Nests

W. Andrew Cox, M. Shane Pruett, Thomas J. Benson, Scott J. Chiavacci, and Frank R. Thompson III