USGS Woodcock Migration-gps

Moore JD, Andersen DE, Cooper TR, Duguay JP, Oldenburger SL, Stewart CA, Krementz DG. USGS Woodcock Migration-gps. Movebank Data Repository.
American woodcock Scolopax minor (hereafter woodcock) migration ecology is poorly understood, but has implications for population ecology and management, especially related to harvest. To describe woodcock migration patterns and phenology, we captured and equipped 73 woodcock with satellite tracking devices in the Central Management Region (analogous to the Mississippi Flyway) of North America and documented migration paths of 60 individual woodcock and 87 autumn or spring woodcock migrations during 2014–2016. Woodcock migration at the scale of the Central Management Region was more synchronous in spring than in autumn, but unlike most other migratory birds, average duration of autumn migration (31 days) was shorter than duration of spring migration (53 days). This difference in migration duration resulted from woodcock making more close-together migratory stopovers during spring migration, not because woodcock had individual stopovers of longer duration. During autumn migration, the number of days, the number of stopovers, migration end date and net migration displacement were negatively related to initiation date and rate of migration, and the number of stopovers and the net migration displacement were negatively related with migration end date. Spring migration duration, end date, the number of stopovers and net migration displacement were negatively related to migration rate and initiation date was positively related to migration rate, suggesting that woodcock that initiated spring migration later had faster migration rates. Juvenile female woodcock began spring migration later than adult female woodcock. Our results provide a basis for comparing current harvest seasons with presence of migrating woodcock during autumn and provide insight into differential harvest of migratory versus local woodcock on breeding areas.
American woodcock,animal movement,animal tracking,Argos,avian migration,migratory connectivity,satellite telemetry,Scolopax minor,wildlife management
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  title = {USGS Woodcock Migration-gps},
  author = {Moore, JD and Andersen, DE and Cooper, TR and Duguay, JP and Oldenburger, SL and Stewart, CA and Krementz, DG},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.8764q39q/2},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.8764q39q/2
T1  - USGS Woodcock Migration-gps
AU  - Moore, Joseph D.
AU  - Andersen, David E.
AU  - Cooper, Thomas R.
AU  - Duguay, Jeffrey P.
AU  - Oldenburger, Shaun L.
AU  - Stewart, C. Alan
AU  - Krementz, David G.
KW  - American woodcock
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Argos
KW  - avian migration
KW  - migratory connectivity
KW  - satellite telemetry
KW  - Scolopax minor
KW  - wildlife management
KW  - Scolopax minor
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.8764q39q/2
ER  -