Campus Units

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2019

Journal or Book Title

Wildlife Society Bulletin

DOI

10.1002/wsb.962

Abstract

We conducted a designed experiment to test whether having a thermal‐imaging camera available affected researchers’ nest detection rates when searching for bird nests in cropland and grassland habitat in an agricultural landscape of Iowa, USA, in 2016. With known active nests present, naïve observers searched for nests with and without a thermal imager available. We did not find a difference in detection probabilities, although only a large difference would have been detectable with our sample size. Extraneous heat signatures from reflected solar radiation and dense vegetation were key factors limiting the usefulness of thermal imagers for locating nests.

Comments

This article is published as Stephenson, Matthew D., Lisa A. Schulte, and Robert W. Klaver. "Quantifying Thermal‐Imager Effectiveness for Detecting Bird Nests on Farms." Wildlife Society Bulletin. doi: 10.1002/wsb.962.

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Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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