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Comparing the seasonal survival of resident and migratory oystercatchers: carry-over effects of habitat quality and weather conditions

Duriez, O.P.M. and Ens, B.J. and Choquet, R. and Pradel, R. and Klaassen, M.R.J. (2012) Comparing the seasonal survival of resident and migratory oystercatchers: carry-over effects of habitat quality and weather conditions. Oikos, 121, 862-873. ISSN 0030-1299.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20326.x

Abstract

Events happening in one season can affect life-history traits at (the) subsequent season(s) by carry-over effects. Wintering conditions are known to affect breeding success, but few studies have investigated carry-over effects on survival. The Eurasian oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus is a coastal wader with sedentary populations at temperate sites and migratory populations in northern breeding grounds of Europe. We pooled continental European ringing-recovery datasets from 1975 to 2000 to estimate winter and summer survival rates of migrant and resident populations and to investigate long-term effects of winter habitat changes. During mild climatic periods, adults of both migratory and resident populations exhibited survival rates 2% lower in summer than in winter. Severe winters reduced survival rates (down to 25% reduction) and were often followed by a decline in survival during the following summer, via short-term carry-over effects. Habitat changes in the Dutch wintering grounds caused a reduction in food stocks, leading to reduced survival rates, particularly in young birds. Therefore, wintering habitat changes resulted in long-term (>10 years) 8.7 and 9.4% decrease in adult annual survival of migrant and resident populations respectively. Studying the impact of carry-over effects is crucial for understanding the life history of migratory birds and the development of conservation measures.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:12395
Deposited On:22 Jun 2012 09:25
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