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Implanting radio transmitters in wintering canvasbacks

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

To conduct telemetry studies of wintering canvasbacks (Aythya valisineria) on Chesapeake Bay [Maryland, USA], we needed to devise a suitable method of radio transmitter attachment. We describe as aseptic, intraabdominal surgical technique, using the inhalation anesthetic isoflurane, to implant 20-g radio transmitters in free-ranging canvasbacks. We evaluated the technique over 3 winters (1987-89), when an annual average of 83 female canvasbacks received implant surgery during a 9-day period in mid-December. Of 253 ducks, 248 (98%) were implanted successfully, and 200 (80.65) completed the 70-day study until early March. No mortality or abnormal behavior from surgery was identified post-release.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Implanting radio transmitters in wintering canvasbacks
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
56
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
325-328
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
325
Last page:
328
Number of Pages:
4
Country:
USA
State:
MD, VA
Other Geospatial:
Chesapeake Bay
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N
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N