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Quantifying habitat selection and predicting habitat use by whooping crane


January 2014 - December 2016


The overall goal of this project is to characterize whooping crane stopover sites in the southern portion of their migration corridor and on wintering grounds including diurnal use and nocturnal roosting sites. We will also be collecting field data to validate vegetation metrics derived from LiDAR and NAIP-CIR imagery. This validation will allow for development of vegetation metrics derived from remote sensing to model vegetation structure across the winter grounds.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 18

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 27

Scientific Publications: 51

Presentations: 153



Funding Agencies

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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