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Macroinvertebrate abundance, water chemistry, and wetland characteristics affect use of wetlands by avian species in Maine

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A.R. Hanson, J.J. Kerekes

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Abstract

Our objective was to determine use by avian species (e.g., piscivores, marsh birds, waterfowl, selected passerines) of 29 wetlands in areas with low (<200 ueq 1-1) acid-neutralizing capacity (ANC) in southeastern Maine. We documented bird, pair, and brood use during 1982?1984 and in 1982 we sampled 10 wetlands with a sweep net to collect invertebrates. We related mean numbers of invertebrates per wetland to water chemistry, basin characteristics, and avian use of different wetland types. Shallow, beaver (Castor canadensis)-created wetlands with the highest phosphorus levels and abundant and varied macrophyte assemblages supported greater densities of macroinvertebrates and numbers of duck broods (88.3% of all broods) in contrast to deep, glacial type wetlands with sparse vegetation and lower invertebrate densities that supported fewer broods (11.7%). Low pH may have affected some acid-intolerant invertebrate taxa (i.e., Ephemeroptera), but high mean numbers of Insecta per wetland were recorded from wetlands with a pH of 5.51. Other Classes and Orders of invertebrates were more abundant on wetlands with pH > 5.51. All years combined use of wetlands by broods was greater on wetlands with pH < 5.51 (77.4%) in contrast to wetlands with pH > 5.51 that supported 21.8% of the broods. High mean brood density was associated with mean number of Insecta per wetland. For lentic wetlands created by beaver, those habitats contained vegetative structure and nutrients necessary to provide cover to support invertebrate populations that are prey of omnivore and insectivore species. The fishless status of a few wetlands may have affected use by some waterfowl species and obligate piscivores.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Macroinvertebrate abundance, water chemistry, and wetland characteristics affect use of wetlands by avian species in Maine
Series number:
567
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Limnology and Aquatic Birds
First page:
143
Last page:
167