Keeping it clean : bird bath hygiene in urban and rural areas

Cleary, Grainne P, Coleman, Bill R, Davis, Adrian, Jones, Darryl N, Miller, Kelly K and Parsons, Holly 2016, Keeping it clean : bird bath hygiene in urban and rural areas, Journal of urban ecology, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1093/jue/juw005.

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Title Keeping it clean : bird bath hygiene in urban and rural areas
Author(s) Cleary, Grainne P
Coleman, Bill R
Davis, Adrian
Jones, Darryl N
Miller, Kelly KORCID iD for Miller, Kelly K
Parsons, Holly
Journal name Journal of urban ecology
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016-08
ISSN 2058-5543
Keyword(s) Australia
citizen science
seasonal effect
Summary In a dry continent like Australia where the provision of water in bird baths is a common and popular practice, very little is known about it. We describe the use of different types of bird baths and how these were maintained by residents (n = 1,728 respondents). The most commonly monitored bird baths were pedestal/elevated baths (>80%). Participants refilled bird baths more frequently in summer compared with winter (water changed once a day: winter respondents, 37.5%; summer respondents, 53.8%). Bird baths were also cleaned regularly (‘Yes I do’: 26.4%; winter respondents, 23.1%; summer respondents; ‘I do but not every time’, 55.6% winter respondents, 58.6% summer respondents). Overall our study indicates good hygiene practices for the maintenance of bird baths, which may help prevent the spread of avian diseases; and that residents are providing water seemingly based on the perceived need for water by birds.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/jue/juw005
Field of Research 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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