A parasite reduction conservation intervention does not improve fledging success or most condition metrics for purple martins

Heather Williams, Katharina Dittmar & Susan Smith Pagano
Purple Martins (Progne subis subis) have an unusually close relationship with humans, as they nest exclusively in man-made nest boxes. Current conservation policy directly promotes further interaction with this species by advocating regular replacement of nest materials during the nestling phase to reduce ectoparasite load and increase nestling fitness. We conducted the first test of the efficacy of this recommendation and found that it was partially effective in reducing parasite abundance, but had no effect...
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