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Light attraction in endangered procellariiform birds: Reduction by shielding upward radiation

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Abstract

Autumnal attraction to man-made lighting causes heavy mortality in fledgling Hawaiian seabirds: Newell's shearwater (Puffinus auricularis newelli), dark-rumped petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia sandwichensis), and band-rumpted storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro). These threatened, endangered and rare species (respectively) approach and circle lights on their first flight from mountain nesting colonies on the island of Kauai to the sea. Lights of the largest resort were shielded to prevent upward radiation on alternate nights during 2 fledgling seasons. Shielding decreased attraction by nearly 40%. Most attraction occurred 1-4 h after sunset. Full moon dramatically decreased attraction, a phenomenon that has both theoretical and management implications.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Light attraction in endangered procellariiform birds: Reduction by shielding upward radiation
Series title:
Auk
Volume
102
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1985
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
377-383
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
377
Last page:
383
Number of Pages:
7