Title

The Effect of Human Traffic on Bird Behavior

Author(s)

Shona Fitzer, GSSM

School Name

Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Zoology

Presentation Type

Mentored

Abstract

The aim of this research was to explore ways in which foot traffic and car traffic affects bird behavior. The behaviors of individual birds and the number of people and cars that passed through several outdoor recreational spaces in Greenville, South Carolina were observed. The number of cars and the number of people that a bird is used to sharing its habitat with were found to have opposite effects on the time it takes for that bird to return to an area occupied by a human. In locations with more foot traffic, the difference is larger between this return time and its previous return time to the same shared space. However, in locations with more cars, this time difference is smaller. This information can be used to balance the number of cars and humans with the activity of birds depending on the priorities of a situation.

Location

Neville 122

Start Date

4-14-2018 11:15 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

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Apr 14th, 11:15 AM

The Effect of Human Traffic on Bird Behavior

Neville 122

The aim of this research was to explore ways in which foot traffic and car traffic affects bird behavior. The behaviors of individual birds and the number of people and cars that passed through several outdoor recreational spaces in Greenville, South Carolina were observed. The number of cars and the number of people that a bird is used to sharing its habitat with were found to have opposite effects on the time it takes for that bird to return to an area occupied by a human. In locations with more foot traffic, the difference is larger between this return time and its previous return time to the same shared space. However, in locations with more cars, this time difference is smaller. This information can be used to balance the number of cars and humans with the activity of birds depending on the priorities of a situation.