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Tuesday, November 3 • 11:00am - 11:20am
Neonate Resource Use and Selection Following Translocation of Northern Bobwhite

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Theron M. Terhune, II, D. Clay Sisson, William E. Palmer –Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy; H. Lee Stribling, retired, Auburn University

Reintroductions and translocations have become a common conservation option to fulfill biodiversity preservation or restoration objectives. Tranlocation of Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) has been successfully used to establish, re-establish and augment existing populations in the southeastern United States. The success of translocation is predicated on birds surviving, reproducing and successfully rearing young toward the ultimate goal of eliciting a favorable population response. However, knowledge of nest site selection and subsequent brood resource use is deficient. Resource use and selection following translocation is poorly understood and has not been adequately quantified for bobwhite broods. We studied resource use of neonates by radio-tracking translocated (n = 38) and resident (n = 34) brooding adults on a private property in Marion County, Georgia following translocation during 2003 and 2004. Brooding adults selected for fields and burned piney woods. We did not observe a difference in brood resource selection between years, group (translocation, resident) or time of season. Fall recruitment is crucial to population growth of an r-selected species, and appropriate resource use and habitat selection by broods following translocation is linked to habitat availability and quality on release sites. Knowledge of brood resource use for translocated birds compared to resident birds provides valuable information to help guide translocation efforts. This study underscores the importance of quality brood habitat management using frequent fire and brood habitat creation on release areas prior to translocation.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 11:00am - 11:20am EST
Ballroom Salon A

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