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Analysis of bird population count data

Duration

August 2016 - December 2018

Narrative

Sea ducks are understudied relative to other species of waterfowl, especially in the southern portion of the US Atlantic Coast. Climate change and human activity (e.g., wind energy development) could impact their wintering sites causing negative carry-over effects through the rest of their life cycle. Our goal was to better describe wintering sites, movement, and habitat use of black scoters along the southern US Atlantic Coast using satellite telemetry and aerial survey data. This project was a collaboration between USFWS, Environment Canada, and USGS. The output from this study could be used to better inform survey methods for black scoters or to decrease conflict with wind energy development in the area.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Plumpton, H.M, E.D. Silverman, and B.E. Ross. Black Scoter habitat use along the southeastern coast of the United States. Submitted to Avian Conservation and Ecology.
  • Plumpton, H.M., S.G. Gilliland, and B.E. Ross. Geographic differences in the winter movements of the Atlantic population of Black Scoters. Submitted to Journal of Wildlife Management.

Presentations

  • Plumpton, H.M., E. Silverman, B.E. Ross. 2017. Annual factors affecting the distribution for wintering Black Scoters. 6th International Sea Duck Conference
  • Plumpton, H. M., E. D. Silverman, B. E. Ross. 2017. Annual Factors Influencing the Wintering Distribution of Black Scoters in the South Atlantic. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 237

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 714

Scientific Publications: 1979

Presentations: 4410

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • USGS CRU

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Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey