Spatial heterogeneity in predator activity, nest survivorship,and nest-site selection in two forest thrushes

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) Science Article 6

abstract

The ability of prey to find and use predator-free space has far-reaching consequences for their persistence and interactions with their predators. We tested whether nest survivorship of the ground-nesting veery (Catharus fuscescens) and shrub-nesting wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) was related to the local absence of a major nest predator, the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus).

Kenneth A. Schmidt et al, Oecologia (2006) 148: 22-29

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