Cruise ships as a source of avian mortality during fall migration

Wilson Journal of Ornithology



Avian mortality during fall migration has been studied at many anthropogenic structures, most of which share the common feature of bright lighting. An additional, unstudied source of avian mortality during fall migration is recreational cruise ships that are brightly lit throughout the night. I documented a single mortality event of eight Common Yellowthroats (Geothlypis trichas) on one ship during part of one night in fall 2003, but suggest this is a more wide-spread phenomenon. The advertised number of ship-nights for 50 cruise ships in the Caribbean Sea during fall migration in 2003 was 2,981. This may pose a significant, additional, anthropogenic source of mortality that warrants further investigation, particularly because impacts could be minimized if this source of avian mortality is recognized. ?? 2011 by the Wilson Ornithological Society.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Cruise ships as a source of avian mortality during fall migration
Series title Wilson Journal of Ornithology
DOI 10.1676/09-168.1
Volume 123
Issue 1
Year Published 2011
Language English
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Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Wilson Journal of Ornithology
First page 176
Last page 178
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