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Environmental Monitoring

Molloy College

2002

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An Examination Of Predatory Pressures On Piping Plovers Nesting At Breezy Point, New York, John Tanacredi Ph.D., Brook Lauro Dec 2002

An Examination Of Predatory Pressures On Piping Plovers Nesting At Breezy Point, New York, John Tanacredi Ph.D., Brook Lauro

Faculty Works: CERCOM

This study examines predatory threats to Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) nesting at Breezy Point, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York. Several methods used include: 1) an evaluation of reproductive success data with documentation of predation to eggs and chicks, 2) predator surveys, and 3) an artificial nest study. The range of breeding pairs nesting from 1988-1996 was 11-19, with an average of 15.8 (SE ± 0.79) pairs/season. The average number of eggs hatched and chicks fledged per year for pairs was 2.2 ± 0.23 and 0.8 ± 0.16 respectively. Reasons for egg losses often went undetected ...