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Capture-recapture estimation of prebreeding survival rate for birds exhibiting delayed maturation

Journal of Field Ornithology

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Abstract

Many species of seabirds exhibit delayed maturity and do not return to the natal colony to breed for several years after fledging. Capture-recapture studies are frequently conducted at such breeding colonies and often include marking of young birds. However, because of the absence of these birds from the natal colony during the first few years after banding, the data do not fit neatly into existing capture-recapture models. Here we present a method for estimating prebreeding survival rate from capture-recapture studies on species exhibiting such patterns of delayed maturation. We illustrate the method using data from a capture-recapture study of Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii ) on Falkner Island, Connecticut. The method appears to work well and emphasizes the potential to tailor capture-recapture models to specific field situations.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Capture-recapture estimation of prebreeding survival rate for birds exhibiting delayed maturation
Series title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume
61
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
347-354
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
First page:
347
Last page:
354
Number of Pages:
8