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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– January 2016

Golden Eagle Movements and Mortality
United States Fish and Wildlife Service


Description:

In collaboration with other USFWS employees (see December 2015 SUA of the month), we have expanded their research on Golden Eagle movements & mortalities in the western United States, extending the study northward.

We have attached PTTs to Golden Eagles of various age classes (nestlings, sub-adults & adults) and during various seasons of the year in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, & western Nebraska.

Our project’s objectives are to:

  1. Determine age-specific survival rates.
  2. Identify relative importance of various causes of mortality.
  3. Document natal dispersal distance & behavior.
  4. Track seasonal movement & inter-population mixing.
  5. Document seasonal resource selection & validate predictive occurrence models.
  6. Identify areas of high importance to the species, e.g. winter concentrations.
  7. Describe behavior & movement of unsuccessful territorial adults & floaters.

This research is vital to the conservation of Golden Eagles in western North America. We are gaining a much better understanding of movements, important concentration areas and causes of mortality in Golden Eagles, which is all essential information as we develop & implement conservation strategies that address all life cycle phases, limiting factors & key habitats used by Golden Eagles.

For more information:
http://www.nabci-us.org/aboutnabci/bcrdescrip.pdf
http://www.fws.gov/eaglerepository/
http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/
http://www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/bald-and-golden-eagle-information.php

 

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