Reintroduced populations

Finally, a thorough understanding of habitat choice behaviors is useful for increasing the efficiency of population reintroduction or reinforcement. The rearing conditions of individuals may affect their tendency to choose specific types of habitats, and habituation to a site can contribute to early individual settlement after release while a large mismatch between rearing and release habitats may result in individuals being unable to make optimal habitat choices. Social interactions can also be critical, such as attraction to active breeding conspecifics. Visual and/or sound decoys (e.g., mimicking successful conspecifics) can attract individuals to sites identified as suitable by managers. Decoys of predators can also be used to deter focal individuals from settling in areas identified as low quality. In other words, understanding the cues used by individuals for selecting a habitat patch allows manipulating these cues to alter individuals' choices.

See also: Competition and Behavior; Conservation Biological Control and Biopesticides in Agricultural; Cooperation; Dispersal-Migration; Mating Systems.

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