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Resource Selection and Migration Chronology of White-Fronted Geese from the Mid-Continental Population

The Mississippi Alluvial Valley serves as an important wintering region for the mid-continent population of white-fronted geese due to the extensive agriculture and increasing abundance of winter flooded rice fields.  The mid-continent population of white-fronted geese nests across a broad region from central Alaska to the central Arctic (Fig. 1).  This population stages in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta during early fall and spends the winter in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.  Currently, little data exists for white-fronted geese on their spring and fall migration chronology and on the factors that influence habitat selection on the wintering grounds.  Thus, we set out to address these questions by deploying solar GPS satellite transmitters (PTTs) on white-fronted geese to track migration patterns and assess winter movement patterns and habitat use.  Ten PTTs were deployed in the central Arctic during July 2014 and ten PTTs will be deployed in Arkansas during fall-winter 2014.  Dr. Douglas Osborne (Osborne@uamont.edu) is the principle investigator and the project will be conducted by a M.S. assistant, Ryan Askren (Askren@uamont.edu).

Figure 1. Approximate range of white-fronted goose populations in North America. (Adopted from USFWS 2013 Waterfowl Population Status).

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