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Individual study: Evaluating nest supplementation as a recovery strategy for the endangered rodents of the Florida Keys

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Cove M.V., Simons T.R., Gardner B., Maurer A.S. & O'Connell A.F. (2017) Evaluating nest supplementation as a recovery strategy for the endangered rodents of the Florida Keys. Restoration Ecology, 25, 253-260


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Provide artificial refuges/breeding sites Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A study in 2004–2013 in a forest reserve in Florida, USA (Cove et al. 2017) found that Key Largo woodrats Neotoma floridana smalli and Key Largo cotton mice Peromyscus gossypinus allapaticola used artificial nest structures. Out of 284 artificial nests, Key Largo woodrats were detected at 65 (23%) and Key Largo cotton mice at 175 (62%). Between 2004 and 2013, over 760 artificial nest structures for woodrats and cotton mice were built in the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Artificial nest structures ranged from boulders and rubble piles to recycled jet-ski structures, cinder blocks with PVC pipes, tin, and natural materials, and 1–2 m segments of plastic culvert pipes cut in half longitudinally and covered in natural materials. In April–May 2013, two hundred and eighty-four artificial nests were monitored using camera traps. One camera trap was set 0.5–3.0 m away from each nest. Cameras recorded for 5–6 nights/nest.

(Summarised by Ricardo Rocha)