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Diet and Nesting Habitat of Wading Birds in a Shallow, Eutrophic Lake

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2018
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Avian reproductive success varies depending on environmental conditions, degree of predation, location, and food availability. I examined food availability and nesting habitat of wading birds in South Florida. Evaluating prey availability and prey used by two small heron species demonstrated the ability for small herons to maintain consistent diets through fluctuating environmental conditions, within and across different wetland types. Small herons may be able to cope with environmental changes by altering foraging locations and strategies. Regarding nesting habitat, man-made sites may provide habitat comparable to natural sites, at least in the short-term. The nest’s position can influence its susceptibility to increased temperatures and predators, particularly for. Climatic conditions such as rainfall can also impact nesting success by altering foraging conditions and fish behavior. Understanding the effects of hydrologic regimes on biota can have practical applications since ecosystems around the world share similar problems with competing demands for resources, and there is a concern for how use can affect the quality of the resource.
Title: Diet and Nesting Habitat of Wading Birds in a Shallow, Eutrophic Lake.
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Name(s): May, Jenna C., author
Gawlik, Dale E., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Department of Biological Sciences
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2018
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 94 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Avian reproductive success varies depending on environmental conditions, degree of predation, location, and food availability. I examined food availability and nesting habitat of wading birds in South Florida. Evaluating prey availability and prey used by two small heron species demonstrated the ability for small herons to maintain consistent diets through fluctuating environmental conditions, within and across different wetland types. Small herons may be able to cope with environmental changes by altering foraging locations and strategies. Regarding nesting habitat, man-made sites may provide habitat comparable to natural sites, at least in the short-term. The nest’s position can influence its susceptibility to increased temperatures and predators, particularly for. Climatic conditions such as rainfall can also impact nesting success by altering foraging conditions and fish behavior. Understanding the effects of hydrologic regimes on biota can have practical applications since ecosystems around the world share similar problems with competing demands for resources, and there is a concern for how use can affect the quality of the resource.
Identifier: FA00013087 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2018.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Wading birds.
Herons--Ecology.
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.)
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Sublocation: Digital Library
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