New PDF release: Bird Census Techniques

By Colin J. Bibby, Neil D. Burgess, David A. Hill, Simon Mustoe

ISBN-10: 0120958309

ISBN-13: 9780120958306

During this ebook there are whole chapters dedicated to the main normal poultry counting recommendations, and makes an attempt to amalgamate different counting methodologies into significant teams have been made. Examples of using equipment are supplied anywhere attainable and the relative worth of varied methods for answering particular questions can also be addressed.

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  • Provides a concise consultant to numerous census thoughts and their possibilities and pitfalls

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It is often critical in analysis to know whether a multiple observation was a party of juveniles. Were two different birds nearby the male and female of a pair, or were they of the same sex and thus presumably near a territory boundary? The most useful point to concentrate on is the location of individuals of the same species that can be seen or heard simultaneously. A key feature of analysis is the assumption that territory boundaries fall between such records. For uniformly distributed species, it is difficult to analyse results without such simultaneous registrations.

Bias due to weather. 12 In wet or windy weather, birds may be less active and skulk out of sight. Calls are harder to hear against the noise of the wind or rain. The observer finds it difficult to concentrate on keeping warm and dry as well as counting birds. Bird Census Techniques In this example, the error causing imprecision arose from the fact that we surveyed only a small part of the total area in question and the birds were not perfectly uniformly distributed. This might have been by chance, history of their settlement or because the habitat was not as perfectly uniform as tacitly assumed.

Fowler and Cohen (1986) provide an introduction with examples drawn from the bird world. If the variation in density from one small plot to another is little to do with the census method, then it is a property of the circumstances being studied. Nothing can be done to alter this fact apart from making the plots bigger, which is equivalent to taking more samples and averaging them. T h e correct response is not to put all the effort into one huge plot and get a single answer but to count several smaller plots.

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