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MONITORING WADING BIRD COLONIES USING ACOUSTIC SAMPLING AND REGIONAL SHIFTS IN WADING BIRD NEST ABUNDANCES IN A PULSED WETLAND SYSTEM

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2021
Abstract/Description:
Wetland loss and degradation have led to the development of restoration programs worldwide, many of which monitor wading bird populations as indicators of wetland quality. Therefore, efficient, standardized monitoring is integral to restoration progress. I tested the use of passive acoustic monitoring to estimate nest abundances and provisioning rates in wading bird colonies and examined regional nesting dynamics in the Florida Everglades, where a long monitoring record enables analysis of nesting patterns relative to hydrologic changes. I found that call rates can serve as indices of colony nest abundances and begging call rate and timing are indicative of provisioning events. Nesting dynamics suggested that resource availability is asynchronous between regions of the Everglades, but the degree of asynchrony varies with species. The conclusions of this study will facilitate the long-term monitoring of wading bird nesting trends, which are important measures of wetland restoration in Florida and worldwide.
Title: MONITORING WADING BIRD COLONIES USING ACOUSTIC SAMPLING AND REGIONAL SHIFTS IN WADING BIRD NEST ABUNDANCES IN A PULSED WETLAND SYSTEM.
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Name(s): Larson, Rachel C., author
Gawlik, Dale E. , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Biological Sciences
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2021
Date Issued: 2021
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 128 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Wetland loss and degradation have led to the development of restoration programs worldwide, many of which monitor wading bird populations as indicators of wetland quality. Therefore, efficient, standardized monitoring is integral to restoration progress. I tested the use of passive acoustic monitoring to estimate nest abundances and provisioning rates in wading bird colonies and examined regional nesting dynamics in the Florida Everglades, where a long monitoring record enables analysis of nesting patterns relative to hydrologic changes. I found that call rates can serve as indices of colony nest abundances and begging call rate and timing are indicative of provisioning events. Nesting dynamics suggested that resource availability is asynchronous between regions of the Everglades, but the degree of asynchrony varies with species. The conclusions of this study will facilitate the long-term monitoring of wading bird nesting trends, which are important measures of wetland restoration in Florida and worldwide.
Identifier: FA00013771 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2021.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Wetland restoration
Wading birds
Everglades (Fla.)
Acoustics
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