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Leach's Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa)
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Articles on Leach's Storm Petrel
  • Wilhelm, S.I., Mailhiot, J., Arany, J., Chardin, J.W., Robertson, G.J. & Ryan, P.C. (2015) "Update and trends of three important seabird populations in the western North Atlantic using a geographic information system approach" Marine Ornithology 43(2):211-222
  • Buxton, R.T. & Jones, I.L. (2012) "An experimental study of social attraction in two species of Storm-Petrel by acoustic and olfactory cues" Condor 114(4):733-743
    [notes] Many birds, notably colonial nesting seabirds, use public information (the visual, auditory, and olfactory presence of breeding conspecifics) when selecting nesting habitat. When colonies are extirpated, social cues that indicate nesting sites' quality are lost. In the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, storm-petrel populations were destroyed by introduced arctic foxes (Alopex lagopus) and have been slow to return after the foxes' eradication. We tested various social-attraction techniques as a method to encourage recolonization of Leach's (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels (O. furcata) in Ulva Cove at Amatignak, a former fox-farming island. We tested attraction to playback of each species' calls by broadcasting them in various patterns adjacent to a mist net and attraction to their odors with a T-maze design. We combined these two cues to test whether birds were more likely to enter and inhabit artificial burrows depending on playback and odor treatment. Both species of storm-petrel were attracted strongly to playback of conspecific calls and somewhat to playback of heterospecific calls; Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels were attracted to conspecific odor and entered more artificial burrows when we combined odor and playback cues. We discuss the implications of these results, including the development of protocols to encourage restoration of seabird colonies in the Aleutian Islands after eradication of introduced foxes and Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus). Keywords: artificial burrows, island restoration, odor, playback, social attraction, storm-petrel, T-maze
  • Slater, L. & Byrd, G.V. (2009) "Status, trends, and patterns of covariation of breeding seabirds at St Lazaria Island, Southeast Alaska, 19942006" Journal of Biogeography 36(3):465-475
  • Byrd, G.V., Renner, H.M., & Renner, M. (2005) "Distribution patterns and population trends of breeding seabirds in the Aleutian Islands" Fisheries Oceanography 14(s1):139-159
  • Mitchell, P.I., Newton S.F., Ratcliffe, N. & Dunn T.E. (2004) "Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland" T. & A.D. Poyser, London
    Page at Bloomsbury Publishing
    • Mitchell, P.I. (2004) "Leach's Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa)" in Mitchell, P.I. et al. (2004)
  • Hoefer, C.J. (2000) "Marine bird attraction to thermal fronts in the California Current System" The Condor, 102(2):423-427
  • Paine, R.T., Wootton, J.T. & Boersma, P.D. (1990) "Direct and Indirect Effects of Peregrine Falcon Predation on Seabird Abundance" The Auk 107(1):1-9


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