Optimizing Radio Retention and Minimizing Radio Impacts in a Field Study of Upland Sandpipers

  title={Optimizing Radio Retention and Minimizing Radio Impacts in a Field Study of Upland Sandpipers},
  author={Tony W. Mong and Brett K Sandercock},
Two challenges in wildlife telemetry are optimizing the duration of transmitter attachment and minimizing the impacts of radios on the behavior and demography of the study animal. We tested 4 methods of radio attachment for a breeding population of upland sandpipers (Bartramia longicauda) under natural conditions at a tallgrass prairie site in Kansas, USA. To estimate radio retention and weekly survival rates, we used the nest survival model of Program MARK. Radio retention was lowest at the… CONTINUE READING
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