Continental black-tailed godwits (data from Senner et al. 2015)

Senner N, Verhoeven M, Abad-Gómez J, Gutiérrez J, Hooijmeijer J, Kentie R, Masero J, Tibbitts T, Piersma T. 2015. Continental black-tailed godwits (data from Senner et al. 2015). Movebank Data Repository.
1. Extreme weather events have the potential to alter both short- and long-term population dynamics as well as community- and ecosystem-level function. Such events are rare and stochastic, making it difficult to fully document how organisms respond to them and predict the repercussions of similar events in the future. 2. To improve our understanding of the mechanisms by which short-term events can incur long-term consequences, we documented the behavioural responses and fitness consequences for a long-distance migratory bird, the continental black-tailed godwit Limosa limosa limosa, resulting from a spring snowstorm and three-week period of record low temperatures. 3. The event caused measurable responses at three spatial scales—continental, regional, and local—including migratory delays (+19 d), reverse migrations (>90 km), elevated metabolic costs (+8.8% maintenance metabolic rate), and increased foraging rates (+37%). 4. There were few long-term fitness consequences, however, and subsequent breeding seasons instead witnessed high levels of reproductive success and little evidence of carry-over effects. 5. This suggests that populations with continued access to food, behavioural flexibility, and time to dissipate the costs of the event can likely withstand the consequences of an extreme weather event. For populations constrained in one of these respects, though, extreme events may entail extreme ecological consequences.
animal movement,Argos,avian migration,behavioural flexibility,carry-over effects,continental black-tailed godwits,Limosa limosa limosa,migration,satellite telemetry,stress response,resource availability
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  title = {Continental black-tailed godwits (data from Senner et al. 2015)},
  author = {Senner, N and Verhoeven, M and Abad-Gómez, J and Gutiérrez, J and Hooijmeijer, J and Kentie, R and Masero, J and Tibbitts, T and Piersma, T},
  year = {2015},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.m3b75054/1},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.m3b75054/1
T1  - Continental black-tailed godwits (data from Senner et al. 2015)
AU  - Senner, Nathan
AU  - Verhoeven, Mo
AU  - Abad-Gómez, Jose
AU  - Gutiérrez, Jorge
AU  - Hooijmeijer, Jos
AU  - Kentie, Rosemarie
AU  - Masero, Jose
AU  - Tibbitts, T.
AU  - Piersma, Theunis
Y1  - 2015/05/13
KW  - animal movement
KW  - Argos
KW  - avian migration
KW  - behavioural flexibility
KW  - carry-over effects
KW  - continental black-tailed godwits
KW  - Limosa limosa limosa
KW  - migration
KW  - satellite telemetry
KW  - stress response
KW  - resource availability
KW  - Limosa limosa
KW  - Limosa limosa limosa
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.m3b75054/1
ER  -