Research from Bon Portage Island

Refereed publications

Bicknell AWJ, Knight ME, Bilton D, Reid JB, Burke, Votier SC, 2012.  Population genetic structure and long-distance dispersal among seabird
 populations: Implications for colony persistence.  Molec Eco12:2863-2876.

Broders HG, Quinn GM, Forbes GJ, 2003.  Species status, and the spatial and temporal patterns of activity of bats in southwest Nova Scotia, Canada. Northe Nat 10:383-398.

Calvert AM, Bonner SJ, Jonsen ID, Flemming JM, Walde SJ, Taylor PD, 2009.  A hierarchical Bayesian approach to multi-state mark-recapture: simulations and applications. J Appl Ecol 46:610–620.

Calvert AM, Taylor PD, Walde S, 2009.  Cross-scale environmental influences on songbird stopover behaviour.  Global Change Biol 15:744-759

Cowan KL, Shutler D, Herman TB, Stewart DT, 2007.  Extreme male-biased infections of masked shrews by bladder nematodes.  J Mammal  88:1539-1544.

Cowan KL, Shutler D, Herman TB, Stewart DT, 2009.  Spleen mass of masked shrews, Sorex cinereus, in relation to body mass, sex, age, date, and bladder nematode, Liniscus (=Capillaria) maseri, infection.  J Parasitol 95:228-230.

Davis AK, 1998.  The incidence of hippoboscid flies on Nova Scotia landbirds.   Northe Nat 5:83-88.

Davis AK, 2001.  Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata) fat deposition in southern Nova Scotia during autumn migration. Northe Nat 8:149-162.

DeLuca WV, Woodworth BK, Rimmer CC, Marra PP, Taylor PD, McFarland KP,
Mackenzie SA,
Norris DR, 2015.  Transoceanic migration by a 12 g songbird.  Biol Letts 11:in press.

Fife DT, Pollet IL, Robertson GJ, Mallory ML, Shutler D, 2015.  Apparent survival of adult Leach’s Storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) breeding on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia.  Avian Conserv Ecol ACE-ECO-2015-722 accepted Jul 2015.

Fitzgerald T, Taylor P, 2008.  Migratory orientation of juvenile Yellow-rumped Warblers (Dendroica coronata) following stopover:  sources of variation and the
importance of geographic origins.  Behav Ecol Sociobiol 62:1499-1508.

King J, Shutler D, 2010.  Parasite transmission stages in feces of common eiders flushed from their nests.  Northe Nat 17:155-160.

Gibson GD, Harvey JML, 2000.  Morphogenesis during asexual reproduction in Pygospio elegans Claparede (Annelida, Polychaeta).  Biol Bull 199:41-49.

MacPherson IS, Stewart DT, 2003.  Characterisation of a unique dipeptidase allele in an insular population of masked shrews, Sorex cinereus (Insectivore : Soricidae).  Biochem Syst Ecol 31: 573-580.

Mclaren IS, Maybank B, Keddy K, Taylor PD, Fitzgerald T, 2000.  A large autumn arrival of reverse-migrants in southern Nova Scotia.  Am Birds 54.

Morshed MG, Scott JD, Banerjee M, Fitzgerald T, Fernando K, Mann R, Isaac-Renton J, 1999.  First isolation of Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, from blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, removed from a bird in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Can Commun Dise Rept 25-18.

Naugler CT, 1993.  Vocalizations of the Golden-crowned Kinglet in eastern North America.  J Field Ornith 64: 346-351.

Naugler CT, Smith PC, 1991.  Song similarity in an island population of Fox Sparrows (Passerella iliaca).  Condor 93:1001-1004.

Naugler CT, Smith PC, 1992.  Vocalizations of Leach's Storm-petrels.  Condor 94:1002-1006.

Naugler CT, Smith PC, 1993.  Similarity breeds confusion:  a reply to Martin.  Condor 95:1059-1060.

Nocera JJ, Ratcliffe LM, 2010.  Migrant and resident birds adjust antipredator behavior in response to social information accuracy.  Behav Ecol 21:121-128.

O'Dwyer TW, Ackerman AL, Nevitt GA, 2008.  Examining the development of individual recognition in a burrow-nesting procellariiform, the Leachʼs storm-petrel.  J Exp Biol 211:337-340.

Ogden NH, Lindsay LR, Hanincova´ K, Barker IK, Bigras-Poulin M, Charron DF, Heagy A, Francis CM, O’Callaghan CJ, Schwartz I, Thompson RA, 2008.  Role of migratory birds in introduction and range expansion of Ixodes scapularis ticks and of Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Canada.  Appl Env Microbiol 74:1780-1790.

Oxley JR, 1999.  Albino Leach's Storm-petrel, Oceanodroma leucorhoa in Nova Scotia.  Can Field-Nat 113:287-288.

Parsons GJ, Bondrup-Nielsen S, 1995.  Partial albinism in an island population of meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus, from Nova Scotia. Can Field-Nat 109:263-264.

Paterson IG, Snyder M, 1999.  Molecular genetic (RAPD) analysis of Leach's Storm-petrels.  Auk 116:338-344.

Peckford, ML, Taylor PD, 2008.  Within night correlations between radar and ground counts of migrating songbirds.  J Field Ornith 79:207-214

Pollet IL, Hedd A, Taylor PD, Montevecchi WA, Shutler D, 2014.  First migration tracks of a seabird weighing less than 50 g:  Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).  J Field Ornithol 85:322-329.

Pollet IL, Lancaster MB, Lightfoot HL, Vaasjo EJ, Shutler D, 2014.  Fifty one degrees and 14 years of separation:  A remarkable trans-Atlantic recapture of a banded Leach’s Storm-Petrel.  Wilson J Ornithol 126:166–169.

Pollet IL, Ronconi RA, Jonsen ID, Leonard ML, Taylor PD, Shutler D, 2014.  Foraging movements of Leach’s storm-petrels, Oceanodroma leucorhoa, during incubation.  J Avian Biol 45:305-314.

Quinney TE, Smith PC, 1980.  First breeding record of Black-crowned Night Heron in Nova Scotia.  Can Field-Nat 94:463.

Scott JD, Fernando K, Banerjee SN, Durden LA, Byrne SK, Banerjee M, Mann RB, Morshed MG.  2001.  Birds disperse ixodid (Acari:  Ixodidae) and Borrelia burgdorferi-infected ticks in Canada.  J Med Entomol 38:493-501.

Scott JD, Anderson JF, Durden LA, 2012.  Widespread dispersal of Borrelia burgdorferi–infected ticks collected from songbirds across Canada.  J Parasitol 98:49–59.

Shafer AB, Scott FW, Petersen SD, Rhymer JM, Stewart DT, 2008.  Following the SINEs: a taxonomic revision of the long-tailed shrew complex, Sorex dispar and S. gaspensis.   J Mammal 89:1421-1427.

Shafer AB, Stewart DT, 2007.  Phylogenetic relationships among Nearctic shrews of the genus Sorex (Insectivora, Soricidae) inferred from combined cytochrome b and inter-SINE fingerprint data using Bayesian analysis.  Molec Phylog Evol 44:192-203.

Stewart DT, Baker AJ, 1992.  Genetic differentiation and biogeography of the masked shrew in Atlantic Canada.  Can J Zool 70:106-114.

Stewart DT, Herman TB, Teferi T, 1989.  Littoral feeding in a high-density insular population of Sorex cinereus.  Can J Zool 67: 2074-2077.

Teferi T, Herman TB, 1995.  Epigeal movement by Sorex cinereus on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia.  J Mammal 76:137-140.

Teferi T, Herman TB, Stewart DT, 1992.  Breeding biology of an insular population of the masked shrew (Sorex cinereus Kerr) in Nova Scotia.  Can J Zool 70:62-66.

Thurber GD, Herman TB, 1984.  Distribution of small mammals on small coastal islands in southwestern Nova Scotia.  Can Field-Nat 98: 245-247.

Woodworth BK, Francis CM, Taylor PD, 2014.  Inland flights of young red-eyed vireos Vireo olivaceus in relation to survival and habitat in a coastal stopover landscape.  J Avian Biol 45:387-395.

Woodworth BK, Mitchell GW, Norris DR, Francis CM, Taylor PD, 2015.  Patterns and correlates of songbird movements at an ecological barrier during autumn migration assessed using landscape- and regional-scale automated radiotelemetry.  Ibis 157:326-339.

PhD Theses (Dalhousie University)
Calvert A, 2009.  Modelling the potential effects of climate change on bird migration.

MSc Theses (Acadia University)
Davis AK, 1999.  The stopover ecology of migratory landbirds on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia.

Fitzgerald T, 2004.  Orientation behaviour of the Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata).

Johnson SA, 1984.  Migration, habitat utilization, and behaviour of six shorebirds (Charadriiformes) on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia.

Lightfoot HL, 2013.  Factors influencing decisions of birds during fall migration in the Gulf of Maine Region.

MacKinnon CM, 1988.  Population size, habitat preferences and breeding biology of the Leach’s storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa (Vieillot) on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia.

Oxley JR, 1999.  Nesting distribution and abundance of Leach’s storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia.

Parsons GJ, 1994.  Predator scent and spacing behaviour of meadow voles.

Paterson IG, 1997.  Molecular genetic (RAPD) analysis of Leach’s storm-petrels from three breeding islands in Atlantic Canada. 

Peckford M, 2006.  Wind drift and the use of radar, acoustics, and Canadian Migration Monitoring Network methods for monitoring nocturnal passerine migration.

Quinney T, 1979.  Reproductive success, growth of nestlings and foraging behaviour of the great blue heron Ardea herodias herodias L. 

Teferi T, 1988.  Reproduction, age structure and movement of Sorex cinereus Kerr on Bon Portage Island.

Woolaver L, 1997.  Habitat and artificial shelter use by American eider (Somateria mollissima dresseri Sharpe) nesting on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia.

Woodworth BK, 2013.  Movement ecology of songbirds during fall migration in southwestern Nova Scotia.

BSc (Hons) Theses (Acadia University)

Cleveland KE, 2008.  Estimating hatching date and mate choice of Leach's storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa)

Cowan KM, 2006.  Patterns of parasitic infection in mainland and island populations of the masked shrew, Sorex cinereus.

Downie B, 1986.  Spatial distribution, movements and age structure in island and mainland populations of the masked shrew (Sorex cinereus Kerr).

King J, 2003.  Behaviour of common eiders (Somateria mollisima) around their nests.

Lightfoot HL, 2010.  Corticosterone in Leach's storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).  

MacPherson I, 2001.  Unique dipeptidase allele in masked shrews of Bon Portage Island:  adaptation or neutral mutation?

McNeil G, 2009.  Do sex and age affect immunity in Leach's storm-petrels?

Mills ES, 2011.  Growth rates versus immunocompetence in nestling Leach’s storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).

Naugler CT, 1990.  Song structure of an insular population of Fox Sparrows Passerella iliaca (Merrem) in Nova Scotia.

O’Connell P, 2003.  Correlation of relative plasma relaxin levels with measures of breeding ecology in great black-backed gulls, herring gulls, and common eiders.

Roxin A, 2006.  Molecular characterization of a unique digestive enzyme in shrews.

Ryan CJ, 2012.  Immunocompetence of Leach’s storm-petrels.

Samuelsen A, 2006.  Baseline plasma corticosterone and sex determination of Leach's storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).

Seely A, 1986.  Behaviour of an insular population of Sorex cinereus Kerr.

Stewart DT, 1987.  Feeding habits of an insular population of masked shrews (Sorex cinereus Kerr).

Telfer KA, 1984.  Microhabitat associations, morphology and demography of shrews (Soricidae) in Nova Scotia.

Thurber GD, 1982.  Demography and morphology of small mammals from island and mainland populations near Barrington Bay, Nova Scotia.

Vaasjo EJ, 2010.  Sex-bias, inheritance, and age-related changes in immunity of a long-lived seabird, Leach's storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).
Bon Portage Island
Bon Portage Field Course
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