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Quantifying avian habitat use in forests using track-platesAuthor(s): Kailen A. Mooney
Source: Journal of Field Ornithology. 73(4): 392-398.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionI constructed track-plates resembling short pine branches and attached them to pairs of neighboring pine trees distributed over a 1000-ha area in the Colorado Front Range. I checked track-plates after four and eight days between 24-31 August 2000 and scored each for the presence or absence of tracks. Half of all track plates were marked within four days. I found a positive correlation between scores of paired trees, indicating that track-plating accurately reflected the relative abundance of birds among habitat patches. A power analysis showed that to test for a 15% difference in bird visitation among habitats with a power of 0.75 required a sample size of 25 trees.
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CitationMooney, Kailen A. 2002. Quantifying avian habitat use in forests using track-plates. Journal of Field Ornithology. 73(4): 392-398.
KeywordsParus, ponderosa pine, relative abundance, Sitta
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