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Pine marten Martes martes and black stork Ciconia nigra encounters at black stork nests
 
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Department of Ecology and Vertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, 90-237 Łódź, Banacha 12/16, Poland
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Department of Experimental Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, 90-237 Łódz, Banacha 12/16, Poland
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Department of Biodiversity Studies, Teacher Training and Bioeducation, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, 90-237 Łódź, Banacha 1/3, Poland
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Institute of Forest Sciences, University of Lodz Branch in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Konstytucji 3 Maja, 97-200 Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
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NIGRAM, Bukowiec, Cisowa 11, 95-006, Poland
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631-841 Kraków, osiedle Kazimierzowskie 18/27, Poland
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Piotr Zieliński   

Department of Ecology and Vertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, 90-237 Łódź, Banacha 12/16, Poland
Online publication date: 2021-03-15
Publication date: 2021-03-15
 
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2021;32(1):0
 
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ABSTRACT
This study reports five cases where pine martens, Martes martes, tried to enter nests occupied by black storks, Ciconia nigra, in central Poland, Lodz Province. In four cases, when adult black storks or nestlings guarded the nest, the pine marten immediately retreated, and no brood losses occurred. Thus, the pine marten's role as a predator of black stork nests might be smaller than previously thought.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We would like to thank Tomasz Janiszewski, Tomasz Przybyliński, Jakub Krysicki, and foresters of the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Lodz for their help with finding black stork nests. Hanna Kolasińska and Anna Tynalska kindly agreed to use their black stork observations. We are grateful to anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments that greatly improved the manuscript
FUNDING
Camera traps and the network camera were deployed as part of a cooperation between the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Lodz and the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection of the University of Lodz, Poland. The Eagle Conservation Committee participated in part of the project using the network camera in 2017.
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