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Distribution and habitat selection/space use of migratory and resident golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in areas with high potential for wind energy development in New Mexico

Golden eagle fitted with GPS backpack

Duration

March 2011 - December 2016

Narrative

Our overarching goal is to assess the risk that proposed wind energy developments might have on resident and migratory golden eagles in southeastern and south-central New Mexico and help develop mitigation strategies that will reduce impact. To accomplish this goal, we seek to:

1). Assess habitat and space use of migratory and resident golden eagles in areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with a focus on areas with a high potential for wind energy development in southeastern and south-central New Mexico.

2). Identify nest sites and estimate productivity and survival of golden eagles on BLM managed lands in areas with a high potential for wind energy development in southeastern and south-central New Mexico.

3). Determine phylogeographic patterns of relatedness for resident and wintering golden eagles in southeastern and south-central New Mexico.

4). Identify the origin and migration patterns for golden eagles over-wintering in southeastern and south-central New Mexico.

Research Products and Activities

Technical Publications

  • Cain, J.W., III, G.W. Roemer, and J.G. Barnes. 2011. Distribution and Habitat Selection/Space Use of Migratory and Resident Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in Areas with High Potential for Wind Energy Development in New Mexico. Project Status Report to Bureau of Land Management.
  • Cain, J.W., III, G.W. Roemer, and K.J. Munro. 2012. Distribution and Habitat Selection/Space Use of Migratory and Resident Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in Areas with High Potential for Wind Energy Development in New Mexico. Project Status Report to Bureau of Land Management.
  • Munro, K.J., J.W. Cain III, and G.W. Roemer, and. 2013. Distribution and Habitat Selection/Space Use of Migratory and Resident Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in Areas with High Potential for Wind Energy Development in New Mexico. Project Status Report to Bureau of Land Management.
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Presentations

  • Munro, K.M., J.W. Cain III, and G.W. Roemer. 2013. Movements and habitat/space use of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) from southern New Mexico. 46th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 15

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 161

 

Personnel

  • James CainPrincipal Investigator
  • Gary W RoemerCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • New Mexico Bureau of Land Management
  • T & E, Inc.

Links

New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  2. New Mexico State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey