Effects of Recreational Use of Shorelines on Breeding Bird Populations

Metadata Updated: December 11, 2019

The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of recreational use of land and water on the breeding bird assemblages of shoreline communities. The avian component of the community was selected for analysis because it represents a portion of the biological environment which (a) is particularly attractive to many users of recreational areas, (b) is often conspicuous and thus vulnerable to human activity, and (c) is sensitive to the changes in vegetation structure and other habitat variables which may result from development of cottage property. Field studies were conducted at six lakes in southern Ontario to investigate the effects on breeding bird populations of the disturbance caused by recreational use of shorelines. The degree of land development observed created extensive edge habitat but had only moderate effects on other vegetation characteristics. Although disturbed areas had significantly more birds, they tended to have lower species diversity than more natural areas. Species richness remained fairly constant in both disturbed and isolated study areas whereas species evenness was significantly lower in the former. The species composition of bird populations in study areas was also affected by disturbance. Nesting success of Common Loons (Gavia immer) and Eastern Kingbirds (Tyrannus tyrannus) was lower in disturbed areas.

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Metadata Created Date December 11, 2019
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Brent Frakes
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Data First Published 1976-07-01
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