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

journal contribution
posted on 2015-08-14, 00:00 authored by H K Glover, Patrick GuayPatrick Guay, Mike WestonMike Weston
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.

History

Journal

Wetlands ecology and management

Volume

23

Issue

4

Pagination

775 - 778

Publisher

Springer

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0923-4861

eISSN

1572-9834

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Springer