Up the creek with a paddle; avian flight distances from canoes versus walkers

Glover, Hayley K., Guay, Patrick-Jean and Weston, Michael 2015, Up the creek with a paddle; avian flight distances from canoes versus walkers, Wetlands ecology and management, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 775-778, doi: 10.1007/s11273-015-9411-9.

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Title Up the creek with a paddle; avian flight distances from canoes versus walkers
Author(s) Glover, Hayley K.
Guay, Patrick-Jean
Weston, MichaelORCID iD for Weston, Michael orcid.org/0000-0002-8717-0410
Journal name Wetlands ecology and management
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 775
End page 778
Total pages 4
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-08-14
ISSN 0923-4861
1572-9834
Keyword(s) Alert distance
Buffers
Disturbance
Escape
Flight initiation distance
Flush
Watercraft
Summary Disturbance of birds by human activities is increasing and is of conservation concern. Little is known of the flight initiation distances (FID) of birds to recreational canoeing, although this activity is common and can occur in wetland areas inaccessible to vehicle or pedestrian traffic. We compared the FID evoked by a walker with that evoked by a canoe for 13 birds in wetlands in north–western Queensland. Canoes evoked shorter FIDs compared with walkers (means ± 95 % confidence intervals; 32.9 ± 7.6 m and 47.5 ± 7.4 m, respectively). These data could be used to establish buffers or codes of conduct for canoeists in wetlands in arid northern Australia, especially when water levels are low.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11273-015-9411-9
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 960807 Fresh
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070208

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