Effects of human disturbance on reproductive success in the black skimmer.

C. Safina, J. Burger

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Rynchops niger, nesting in six subcolonies within a tern colony were subjected to either daily or weekly nest checks. Many prelaying adults left subcolonies that were disturbed daily and settled in relatively undisturbed subcolonies; some pairs in these areas deserted nests early in incubation. Nest density, late nesting, hatching success and fledging success were inversely correlated with disturbance. In consequence of disturbance, a few chicks ate younger conspecifics. Low fences placed around groups of nests depressed fledging in areas disturbed weekly, but enhanced it in subcolonies disturbed daily.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-171
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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