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The Spring 2019 issue of our members’ magazine, BirdWatch Canada, features an article by Dr. William Montevecchi and Dr. Laura McFarlane Tranquilla about the declining Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Do you want to learn even more about this little-known seabird? Dive into this list, which includes references used in the article as well as some further recommended reading:
 


Downy chick, Leach’s Storm-Petrel
Photo: Laura McFarlane Tranquilla

Bicknell TWK, Reid JB, Votier SC. 2009. Probable predation of Leach’s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa eggs by St Kilda Field Mice Apodemus sylvaticus hirtensis. Bird Study 56: 419 — 422. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00063650903216618
Birdife International. 2017. Hydrobates leucorhous. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22698511A119292983. https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/132438298/132438484
Bond AL, Lavers JL. 2013. Effectiveness of emetics to study plastic ingestion by Leach’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). Marine Pollution Bulletin 70: 171-175. http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/23507234
Ellis JI, Wilhelm SI, Hedd A, Fraser GS, Robertson GJ, Rail J-F, Fowler M, Morgan KH. 2013. Mortality of migratory birds from marine commercial fisheries and offshore oil and gas production in Canada. Avian Conservation and Ecology 8(2): 4. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ACE-00589-080204
Fife DT, Pollet IL, Robertson GJ, Mallory ML, Shutler D. 2015. Apparent survival of adult Leach’s Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) breeding on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia. Avian Conservation and Ecology 10 (2): 1. http://www.ace-eco.org/vol10/iss2/art1/
Fraser G, Carter AV. 2019. Seabird attraction to artificial light in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil fields: documenting failed regulatory governance. Ocean Yearbook 32: 267–282. https://brill.com/view/journals/ocyo/32/1/article-p265.xml
Hedd A and Montevecchi WA. 2006. Diet and trophic position of Leach’s storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa during breeding and moult, inferred from stable isotope analysis of feathers. Marine Ecology Progress Series 322: 291-301. https://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v322/p291-301/
Hedd A, Montevecchi WA, Davoren GK, Fifield DA. 2009. Diets and distributions of Leach’s storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) before and after an ecosystem shift in the Northwest Atlantic.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 87: 787-801. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233621414_Diets_and_distributions_of_Leach’s_storm-petrels_Oceandroma_leucorhoa_before_and_after_an_ecosytem_shift_in_the_Northwest_Atlantic
Hedd A, Pollet IL,  Mauck RA, Burke CM, Mallory ML, McFarlane Tranquilla LA, Montevecchi WA, Robertson GJ, Ronconi RA, Shutler D, Wilhelm SI, Burgess NM. 2018. Foraging areas, offshore habitat use, and colony overlap by incubating Leach’s Storm-petrels Oceanodroma leucorhoa in the Northwest Atlantic. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0194389. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0194389
Huntington CE, Butler RG, Mauck RA. 1996. Leach’s Storm-Petrel. In: Poole A, Gill F (eds) The birds of North America, No 233. The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and the American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington, DC. https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/lcspet/introduction
Imber 1975. Behaviour of petrels in relation to the moon and artificial lights. Notornis 22: 302-306. https://www.notornis.osnz.org.nz/system/files/Notornis_22_4.pdf
LGL. 2017.  Study of Seabird Attraction to the Hebron Production Platform: A Proposed Study Approach. Rep for Hebron Project – ExxonMobil Canada Properties. https://www.cnlopb.ca/wp-content/uploads/hebron/studyplan.pdf
Miles W, Money S, Luxmoore R, Furness RW. 2010. Effects of artificial lights and moonlight on petrels at St Kilda. Bird Study 52: 244-251 http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/34089/
Montevecchi, W. A. 2006. Influence of artificial light on marine birds. In: Ecological Consequences of artificial night lighting. C. Rich and T. Longcore Eds, Washington, DC, USA, Island Press. pps 94-113. https://islandpress.org/books/ecological-consequences-artificial-night-lighting
Newson S E, Mitchell P I, Parsons M, O’Brien S H, Austin G E, Benn S, Black J, Blackburn, J, Brodie B, Humphreys E, Leech D, Prior, M., Webster M. 2008. Population decline of Leach’s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa within the largest colony in Britain and Ireland. Seabird 21: 77-84. http://www.seabirdgroup.org.uk/journals/seabird-21/seabird-21-77.pdf
Pollet, IL, Hedd A, Taylor PD, Montevecchi WA, Shutler D.  2015. Migratory movements and wintering areas of Leach’s Storm-Petrels tracked using geolocators. J. Field Ornithol. 85:321–328 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jofo.12071
Pollet IL, Ronconi RA, Leonard ML, Shutler D, 2019. Migration routes and stopover areas of Leach’s Storm Petrels, Oceanodroma leucorhoa.  Marine Ornithology 47:53-63. http://www.marineornithology.org/content/get.cgi?rn=1293
Pollet IL, Shutler D, 2018. Leach’s Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa  population trends on Bon Portage Island, Canada. Seabird 31:73-90. http://ww.seabirdgroup.org.uk/journals/seabird-31/seabird-31-75.pdf
Pollet IL, Shutler D.  2019. Effects of Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) on a Leach’s Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) population. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131. MS17-056 https://wjoonline.org/doi/abs/10.1676/18-13
Poot H, Ens BJ, de Vries H, Donners MAH, Wernand MR, Marquenie JM. 2008. Green light for nocturnally migrating birds. Ecology and Society 13: 47 http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss2/art47/
Reed JR, Sincock JL, Hailman JP. 1985. Light attraction in endangered procellariiform birds: reduction by shielding upward radiation. Auk 102: 377-383. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v102n02/p0377-p0383.pdf
Rodriguez, A., Rodriguez, B., 2009. Attraction of petrels to artificial lights in the Canary Islands: effects of the moon phase and age class. Ibis 151(2) https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1474-919X.2009.00925.x
Ronconi, RA, Allard KA, Taylor PD. 2015. Bird interactions with offshore oil and gas platforms: Review of impacts and monitoring techniques. Journal of Environmental Management 147: 34-45. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479714003806?via%3Dihub
Stenhouse IJ, Robertson GJ, Montevecchi WA. 2000. Herring Gull Larus argentatus predation on Leach’s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa breeding on Great Island, Newfoundland. Atlantic Seabirds 2: 35-44. http://natuurtijdschriften.nl/download?type=document&docid=546093
Wiese FK, Montevecchi WA, Davoren GK, Huettmann F, Diamond AW, Linke J. 2001. Seabirds at risk around offshore oil platforms in the Northwest Atlantic. Marine Pollution Bulletin 2: 1285-1290. http://www.opc.ca.gov/webmaster/_media_library/2016/01/Wiese-et-al-2001-offshore-lighting-and-seabirds.pdf
Wilhelm SI, Mailhiot J, Arany J, Chardine JW, Robertson GJ, Ryan PC 2015. Update and trends of three important seabird populations in the western North Atlantic using a geographic information system approach. Marine Ornithology 43: 211-222. http://www.marineornithology.org/content/get.cgi?rn=1133