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Statistical considerations in monitoring birds over large areas

Research Paper RMRS-P-16

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Abstract

The proper design of a monitoring effort depends primarily on the objectives desired, constrained by the resources available to conduct the work. Typically, managers have numerous objectives, such as determining abundance of the species, detecting changes in population size, evaluating responses to management activities, and assessing habitat associations. A design that is optimal for one objective will likely not be optimal for others. Careful consideration of the importance of the competing objectives may lead to a design that adequately addresses the priority concerns, although it may not be optimal for any individual objective. Poor design or inadequate sample sizes may result in such weak conclusions that the effort is wasted. Statistical expertise can be used at several stages, such as estimating power of certain hypothesis tests, but is perhaps most useful in fundamental considerations of describing objectives and designing sampling plans.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Statistical considerations in monitoring birds over large areas
Series title:
Research Paper
Series number:
RMRS-P-16
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
p. 115-120
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Strategies of bird conservation: the Partners in Flight planning process
First page:
115
Last page:
120
Number of Pages:
6