Night surveys and smell, a mixed method to detect colonies of storm petrel Hydrobates pelagicus.

Bruno Massa, Cecilia Soldatini, Yuri V. Albores-Barajas, Pietro Lo Cascio

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Abstract

Storm-petrels usually breed in sites difficult to access, making it hard to estimate the number of individuals in a colony or eventhe presence of a colony. After several years of study in the main colony and diurnal surveys to other caves of the island, we planned anextensive night survey for identifying previously unknown colonies. In the breeding season of 2011 we found 5 new colonies of storm petrels(Hydrobates pelagicus) at Marettimo island, increasing the estimation of the population on this island to approximately 3000 breedingpairs. We propose the use of mixed methods to locate new colonies, as they can be found by the characteristic smell of storm petrels, butunder windy conditions it would be difficult. It is therefore very important to use night surveys to observe night activity by the individuals
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)95-96
Numero di pagine2
RivistaAvocetta
Volume36
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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