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A New Method for Wireless Video Monitoring of Bird Nests

David I. King, Richard M. DeGraaf, Paul J. Champlin and Tracey B. Champlin
Wildlife Society Bulletin (1973-2006)
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 2001), pp. 349-353
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3784019
Page Count: 5
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A New Method for Wireless Video Monitoring of Bird Nests
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Abstract

Video monitoring of active bird nests is gaining popularity among researchers because it eliminates many of the biases associated with reliance on incidental observations of predation events or use of artificial nests, but the expense of video systems may be prohibitive. Also, the range and efficiency of current video monitoring systems may be limited by the need to deploy video transmission cables, thereby increasing human disturbance and possibly affecting the behavior of nest predators. We describe a wireless video nest monitoring system that is much cheaper than currently available systems, can transmit up to 200 m in forest and 600 m in open habitats, and may reduce the influence of human disturbance on nest predator behavior.

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