Study

The effect of translocation of deer mice Peromyscus maniculatus elusus on predation of eggs of Xantus's murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi on Santa Barbara Island, California, USA

  • Published source details Millus S.A., Stapp P. & Martin P. (2007) Experimental control of a native predator may improve breeding success of a threatened seabird in the California Channel Islands. Biological Conservation, 138, 484-492

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Reduce predation by translocating predators

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Reduce predation by translocating predators

    A before-and-after trial on Santa Barbara Island, California, USA (Millus et al. 2007), found that the proportion of Xantus's murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus eggs predated by mice was significantly lower in 2004, when approximately 1,650 deer mice Peromyscus maniculatus elusus (endemic to the island) were translocated away from the colony, compared to the 1993-2005 average, excluding 2004 (21% of 73 eggs predated vs. an average 37% of 64). In addition, the productivity/nest was higher (1.11 vs. 0.93), but hatching success was not significantly different (56% vs. 54%).

     

Output references

What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation provides expert assessments of the effectiveness of actions, based on summarised evidence, in synopses. Subjects covered so far include amphibians, birds, terrestrial mammals, forests, peatland and control of freshwater invasive species. More are in progress.

More about What Works in Conservation

Download free PDF or purchase
The Conservation Evidence Journal

The Conservation Evidence Journal

An online, free to publish in, open-access journal publishing results from research and projects that test the effectiveness of conservation actions.

Read the latest volume: Volume 17

Go to the CE Journal

Subscribe to our newsletter

Please add your details if you are interested in receiving updates from the Conservation Evidence team about new papers, synopses and opportunities.

Who uses Conservation Evidence?

Meet some of the evidence champions

Endangered Landscape Programme Red List Champion - Arc Kent Wildlife Trust The Rufford Foundation Save the Frogs - Ghana Bern wood Supporting Conservation Leaders National Biodiversity Network Sustainability Dashboard Frog Life The international journey of Conservation - Oryx British trust for ornithology Cool Farm Alliance UNEP AWFA Butterfly Conservation People trust for endangered species Vincet Wildlife Trust