The influence of food availability and habitat structure on nest site selection of the Acadian flycatcher (empidonax virescens)

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The influence of food availability and habitat structure on nest site selection of the Acadian flycatcher (empidonax virescens)

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dc.contributor.author Adair, Robert T. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-31T14:19:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-31T14:19:14Z
dc.date.created 2001 en_US
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier.other b18960078 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jupiter.ysu.edu/record=b1896007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1989/6271
dc.description vi, 63 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Food availability and habitat characteristics were examined in the vicinity of Acadian Flycatcher nests within a late-successional, Beech-Maple forest during the summer of 1999 at the Ravenna Training and Logistics Site in Portage County, Ohio. Flight interception (window) traps were placed at nest sites, non-nest sites, and upland sites to monitor the distribution of arthropods. Specimens were collected on a weekly basis, counted, sized and identified to family. Habitat characteristics were also measured at nest sites and non-nest sites. For all arthropods combined, the quantity and quality ofinsects was significantly higher in riparian habitats in comparison to upland habitats, and was higher at nest sites than at non-nest sites, although not significantly. Ofthe 19 most abundant taxonomic groups of arthropods, Halictidae (Halictid bees), Apidae (bumblebees), Conopidae (thickheaded flies), Araneae (spiders), and Phoridae (scuttle flies) exhibited significantly greater mean abundances at nest sites than at upland sites. These results suggest that the distribution ofinsects in the forest plot I studied is not random. A higher abundance of Diptera and Hymenoptera, may enhance the quality ofhabitat for Acadian Flycatchers. Nest sites tended to have a lower tree density, with subsequently less coverage of leaflitter than non-nest sites. This allowed for an open air space surrounding the nest. An open space surrounding the nest facilitates aggressive nest monitoring and defense behavior, which is common in flycatchers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Youngstown State University. Dept. of Biology. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Robert T. Adair. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Master's Theses no. 0721 en_US
dc.subject.classification Master's Theses no. 0721 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Acadian flycatcher--Food. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Acadian flycatcher--Effect of habitat modification on. en_US
dc.title The influence of food availability and habitat structure on nest site selection of the Acadian flycatcher (empidonax virescens) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.note Thesis (M.S.)--Youngstown State University, 2001. en_US
dc.description.note Includes bibliographical references (leaves 53-58). en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 50277353 en_US

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