Landscape Ecol (2018) 33:999–1012 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-018-0647-7 RESEARCH ARTICLE Regional patterns of nectar availability in subtropical eastern Australia . . Brian A. Hawkins James R. Thomson Ralph Mac Nally Received: 22 August 2017 / Accepted: 29 April 2018 / Published online: 9 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Methods Flowering was measured at 83 sites in Context There are few detailed data for short-term natural vegetation and in eight domestic gardens in (B monthly) ﬂuctuations in ﬂowering and nectar subtropical, eastern Australia. A nectar-availability availability at relatively large spatial scales. Such index was developed was based on nectarivore information is critical for understanding the governors visitation rates and plant-speciﬁc ﬂowering patterns. of variation in ﬂowering and for the management of Spatial–temporal patterns were related to environ- ﬂoral resources assisting the persistence of nectar mental variables using boosted regression trees. consumers in landscapes. Results The large between-year variation was due Objectives To obtain monthly measurements of mostly to irregular ﬂowering by several eucalypt patterns of nectar availability in a 314,400 ha region, species. There was a ‘lean season’ in the austral spring and to relate these patterns to potential environmental (August–September). Coastal vegetation was an predictors.
Landscape Ecology – Springer Journals
Published: May 9, 2018
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