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King rail habitat relationships in freshwater and brackish marshes of southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas

Radio telemetry, call back surveys, and remote sensing techniques are being used to determine local and landscape scale habitat characteristics influencing King Rail movements and distribution.

Duration

September 2007 - September 2012

Narrative

The objectives of this proposed project are to:

1) Determine the distribution of King Rails in selected marsh habitats of southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas, including freshwater and brackish marshes, in both managed and unmanaged sites;
2) Determine local and landscape scale habitat characteristics that affect King Rail distribution in coastal marshes; and
3) Develop GIS-based habitat models to predict King Rail distribution and abundance.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 0

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 46

Presentations: 76

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership
  • USFWS Region 2
  • USFWS Region 4

Links

Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  2. Louisiana State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute