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The use of decoys to attract Least Terns (Sterna antillarum) to abandoned colony sites in New Jersey

Colonial Waterbirds
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Abstract

The number of Least Tern colony sites in New Jersey has declined in recent years. Decoys were used at two recently abandoned Least Tern colony sites in New Jersey to encourage nesting. The sites were chosen because of their apparent suitability as colony sites and the relative ease of protecting them from human disturbance and predators. Least Terns were observed flying over and landing at both sites, although nesting occurred at only one site. The effect of decoys was statically significant at the colony site used for nesting. At this site, 44.5% of the landings occurred in the plot containing decoys and only 10.6% o the landings were in the control plot. Nesting was initiated among the decoys. These results indicate that decoys can be used to attract Least Terns to abandoned colony sites and may be useful for managing Least Terns and other colonial nesting birds.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The use of decoys to attract Least Terns (Sterna antillarum) to abandoned colony sites in New Jersey
Series title Colonial Waterbirds
Volume 7
Year Published 1984
Language English
Publisher Colonial Waterbirds Group
Publisher location Saskatoon
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Colonial Waterbirds
First page 134
Last page 138
Country United States
State New Jersey
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