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Erin H. Strasser and Julie A. Heath Reproductive failure of a human-tolerant species, the American kestrel, is associated with stress and human disturbance Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 10 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12103

Proximity to large, busy roads and developed areas negatively affected kestrel reproduction by causing increased stress hormones that promoted nest abandonment. These results demonstrate that species presence in a human-dominated landscape does not necessarily indicate a tolerance for anthropogenic stressors. Managers should carefully consider or discourage projects that juxtapose favourable habitat conditions with areas of high human activity to decrease risk of ecological traps. Noise mitigation, while locally effective, may not protect widespread populations from the pervasive threat of traffic noise. Innovative engineering that decreases anthropogenic noise at its source is necessary.

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