Extirpation of the Snowy Plover (<em>Charadrius alexandrinus</em>) on St. Martin, West Indies

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Adam C. Brown

Abstract: Recent surveys for the Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) on St. Martin reveal that the species is no longer a resident on the island. Following surveys from 1997–2005, when the species was annually detected and observed breeding, plovers were no longer observed on the island. Both human disturbance to nesting birds and predation by invasive species are potential causes of the extirpation.

Keywords: Charadrius alexandrinus, extirpation, human disturbance, invasive species, Snowy Plover, St. Martin,
West Indies

Resumen: Extinción local de charadrius alexandrinus en St. Martin, Caribe insular- Los muestreos recientes para Charadrius alexandrinus en St. Martin muestran que la especie ya no es residente en la isla. Después de los muestreos de 1997-–005, cuando la especie fue detectada anualmente y se registró nidificando, no ha sido visto ningún otro individuo en la isla. Tanto el disturbio humano a los individuos en cría y la depredación por especies invasoras son causas probables de esta extinción local. 

Palabras clave: Caribe insular, Charadrius alexandrinus, extinction local, disturbio humano, especies invasoras, St. Martin

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