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Reproductive success of the interior least tern (Sterna antillarum) in relation to hydrology on the Lower Mississippi River

River Research and Applications

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https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.634

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Abstract

The annual hydrograph of large rivers, including flood pulses and low-flow periods, is believed to play a primary role in the productivity of biota associated with these ecosystems. We investigated the relationship between river hydrology and Interior least tern (Sterna antillarum) reproductive success on the Lower Mississippi River from April to July 1986-1993. The number of fledglings produced per adult pair was negatively correlated with July mean (r= -0.95, p = 0.0004) and July maximum river elevation (r= -0.97, p = 0.0001), but no other aspect of river hydrology were related to tern reproduction. Low-water elevations in July may benefit least tern reproductive success by increasing sand island area or the area of shallow-water habitat that surrounds islands. Loss of deep-water habitats in conjunction with an increase in shallow habitat during stage decreases may concentrate fish prey in shallow-water habitats and backwater areas, thereby increasing food availability during chick-rearing. Copyright ?? 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Reproductive success of the interior least tern (Sterna antillarum) in relation to hydrology on the Lower Mississippi River
Series title:
River Research and Applications
DOI:
10.1002/rra.634
Volume:
18
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley
Description:
9 p.
First page:
97
Last page:
105
Country:
United States
Other Geospatial:
Lowe Mississippi River