Knowledge gained from video-monitoring grassland passerine nests

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Edited by: Christine A. RibicFrank R. Thompson III, and Pamela J. Pietz


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In the mid-1990s, researchers began using miniature cameras to videotape activities at cryptic passerine nests in grasslands.In subsequent years, use of these video surveillance systems spread dramatically, leading to major strides in our knowledge of nest predation and nesting ecology of many species.Studies using video nest surveillance have helped overturn or substantiate many long-standing assumptions and have provided insights on a wide range of topics.Using examples from grasslands, we highlight the accumulated knowledge about activities at nests documented with video; we also discuss implications of this knowledge for our understanding of avian ecology.Like all tools, video nest surveillance has potential limitations, and users must take precautions to minimize possible sources of bias in data collection and interpretation.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Knowledge gained from video-monitoring grassland passerine nests
Chapter 1
ISBN 9780520273139
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
Publisher location Berkley, CA
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 22 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds
First page 1
Last page 22
State Minnesota, North Dakota
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N