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Effects of subcutaneous transmitter implants on behavior, growth, energetics, and survival of common loon chicks

Journal of Field Ornithology

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Abstract

High rates of Common Loon (Gavia immer) chick mortality have been documented in Wisconsin, especially on acidic lakes, but causes and timing of chick mortality are poorly understood. We modified and evaluated a subcutaneous transmitter implant technique for Common Loon chicks using wild and captive reared chicks. Results indicated that behavior, growth, energy expenditure, and survival did not differ significantly between chicks marked with miniature transmitters (mass 0.76 g, representing <0.8% of body mass at hatching) and unmarked chicks.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of subcutaneous transmitter implants on behavior, growth, energetics, and survival of common loon chicks
Series title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume
74
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description:
pp. 179-186
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
First page:
179
Last page:
186
Number of Pages:
8