Marbled Murrelet satellite tracking data from British Columbia Canada 2014-2016

Bertram DF, Janssen MH, Cragg JL, Macdonald CA, McAdie M, Wilson A, Woo K, Gross E, Maftei M, O'Hara PD, Davis SE, Greene R, Vincent P. 2022. Marbled Murrelet satellite tracking data from British Columbia Canada 2014-2016. Movebank Data Repository.
We report on movements and marine habitat use of breeding Marbled Murrelets Brachyramphus marmoratus offshore of Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, with particular reference to the proposed “Northern Gateway” tanker traffic routes. Adult Marbled Murrelets were captured at night on the water during the pre-laying period (April 2014) in Wright Sound, near Hartley Bay, BC. Six birds were tagged with 5 g solar satellite transmitters. We had short-lived or no detections for two birds, detections for two weeks for three birds, and detections throughout the breeding season and beyond for one bird whose tag continued to transmit signals. Marine habitat use in relation to three alternative proposed tanker routes was examined for individual murrelets by using kernel density estimation to generate probability density functions of location, incorporating Argos location errors. Areas of high, medium and low encounter probabilities for each bird were generated. Use of marine habitats, coupled with a large population of birds in the area during the breeding season, suggests that there is a strong potential for interaction between tankers and murrelets along the proposed routes. However, based on the movement of one bird to south-central Alaska, individuals may migrate out of the area, reducing the likelihood of interactions post-breeding.
animal movement,animal tracking,Argos,Brachyramphus marmoratus,marbled murrelet,satellite telemetry,seabirds
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  title = {Marbled Murrelet satellite tracking data from British Columbia Canada 2014-2016},
  author = {Bertram, DF and Janssen, MH and Cragg, JL and Macdonald, CA and McAdie, M and Wilson, A and Woo, K and Gross, E and Maftei, M and O'Hara, PD and Davis, SE and Greene, R and Vincent, P},
  year = {2022},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.j0d889f0/1},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.j0d889f0/1
T1  - Marbled Murrelet satellite tracking data from British Columbia Canada 2014-2016
AU  - Bertram, Douglas F.
AU  - Janssen, Michael H.
AU  - Cragg, Jenna L.
AU  - Macdonald, Christie A.
AU  - McAdie, Malcolm
AU  - Wilson, Amy
AU  - Woo, Kerry
AU  - Gross, Eric
AU  - Maftei, Mark
AU  - O'Hara, Patrick D.
AU  - Davis, Shanti E.
AU  - Greene, Randall
AU  - Vincent, Paola
Y1  - 2022/11/15
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Argos
KW  - Brachyramphus marmoratus
KW  - marbled murrelet
KW  - satellite telemetry
KW  - seabirds
KW  - Brachyramphus marmoratus
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.j0d889f0/1
ER  -