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The Use of Decoys to Attract Least Terns (Sterna antillarum) to Abandoned Colony Sites in New Jersey

Natasha B. Kotliar and Joanna Burger
Colonial Waterbirds
Vol. 7 (1984), pp. 134-138
Published by: Waterbird Society
DOI: 10.2307/1521092
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1521092
Page Count: 5
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The Use of Decoys to Attract Least Terns (Sterna antillarum) to Abandoned Colony Sites in New Jersey
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Abstract

The number of Least Tern colony sites in New Jersey has declined in recent years. Decoys were used at two recently abandoned Least Tern colony sites in New Jersey to encourage nesting. The sites were chosen because of their apparent suitability as colony sites and the relative ease of protecting them from human disturbance and predators. Least Terns were observed flying over and landing at both sites, although nesting occurred at only one site. The effect of decoys was statistically significant at the colony site used for nesting. At this site, 44.5% of the landings occurred in the plot containing decoys and only 10.6% of the landings were in the control plot. Nesting was initiated among the decoys. These results indicate that decoys can be used to attract Least Terns to abandoned colony sites and may be useful for managing Least Terns and other colonial nesting birds.

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