Provision of nest boxes for ancient murrelets Synthliboramphus antiquus at Reef Island, British Columbia, Canada
Published source details
Gaston A. (1996) A nest box for ancient murrelets. Colonial Waterbirds, 19, 116-120
Published source details Gaston A. (1996) A nest box for ancient murrelets. Colonial Waterbirds, 19, 116-120
This study is summarised as evidence for the following.
Provide artificial nesting sites for burrow-nesting seabirdsAction Link
Provide artificial nesting sites for burrow-nesting seabirds
A replicated study in 1986-95 on an island in British Columbia, Canada (Gaston 1996), found that ancient murrelets Synthliboramphus antiquus used artificial nest boxes installed in May 1986, but that it took several years for them to regularly use them (7-14% of 26 nest boxes occupied in 1987-9, with eggs laid in only a single burrow each year vs. 67% of 21 boxes occupied in 1995, at least seven rearing young). Nest boxes were 40 x 40 x 13 cm and buried 100-150 m from the sea, within an area used by approximately 5,000 ancient murrelets