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Neck-band retention for Canada geese in the Mississippi (USA) flyway

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

We used capture, harvest, and observation histories of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) banded in the Mississippi flyway, 1974-88, to examine the problem of neck-band retention. Methods for the analysis of survival data were used to estimate rates of neck-band retention and to evaluate factors associated with neck-band loss. Sex, age of bird at banding, rivet use, and neck-band type significantly influenced neck-band retention. For most of the resulting cohorts (e.g., sex, age, rivet, and neck-band type categories), neck-band retention rates decreased through time. We caution against using small samples or data collected during short-term studies to determine retention rates. We suggest that observation data be used in neck-band retention studies to increase the efficiency of estimating retention time.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Neck-band retention for Canada geese in the Mississippi (USA) flyway
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
54
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 612-621
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
612
Last page:
621
Number of Pages:
10