Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité. Mais tu ne dois pas l'oublier, dit le renard. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.
Le Petit Prince, chap. 21

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Domestic dogs as nest predators of shorebirds in NE Brazil

Diniz, C. G., de Morais Magalhães, N. G., Diniz, D. G., Pereira, P. D. C., Paulo, D. C., Renato, F., Sherry, D.F. & do Pará, T. Domestic Dogs as Nest Predators of Wilson’s plover (Charadrius wilsonia) in Northeastern Brazil.

Although Wilson´s plovers (Charadrius wilsonia) are migratory, a resident population breeds in coastal northeastern Brazil and there population trend is described as decreasing by the IUCN Red List. Domestic dogs are a major predator of Wilson’s plover nests on an island in northeastern Brazil where dogs are kept to guard fishing equipment. Local fishermen, however, are motivated to protect the nests of shorebirds and when shown video recordings documenting nest predation acted quickly to remove dogs. We found that providing local residents with evidence about the causes of nest predation could play an effective role in protecting bird populations. 

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