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Patterns of artificial nest depredation in a large floodplain forest

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

We used artificial bird nests to examine the relative effects of local habitat features and the surrounding landscape on the probability of songbird nest depredation in floodplain forests of the Upper Mississippi River. We found that the probability of depredation increased with size of floodplain forest plots. In small plots, the probability of depredation tended to increase away from the forest edge. Small patches of floodplain forest within a large river system can provide valuable nesting habitat for songbirds. We suggest that depredation pressure may be lower due to isolation effects. The probability of nest depredation increased with increasing canopy cover surrounding the nest tree and decreasing cover around the nest. Managers seeking to discourage nest predators in floodplain forests should consider managing for habitats that supply dense cover for nest concealment and an open tree canopy.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Patterns of artificial nest depredation in a large floodplain forest
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
64
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description:
pp. 576-583
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
576
Last page:
583
Number of Pages:
8