Philopatry and within-colony movements in Columbian ground squirrels.

  title={Philopatry and within-colony movements in Columbian ground squirrels.},
  author={Coline M Arnaud and F Stephen Dobson and Jan O. Murie},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={21 3},
Philopatry and dispersal result in selection of habitat locations that may differ in resources and social environment and thus should influence fitness components like survival and reproduction. We examined short-distance movements of young and adult females from natal or previous nesting sites within a colony of Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus) in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada, over a 17-year period. Females of all ages were strongly philopatric, yet a few (10-15… CONTINUE READING
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