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Habitat suitability index models: redhead (wintering)

FWS/OBS 82/10.53

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Abstract

The redhead is a North American waterfowl species with economic as well as ecological importance. It is highly desired by hunters. Retrieved redhead kill in the United States averaged 143,000 birds during the three waterfowl seasons from 1975 to 1977 (U.S. Department of the Interior 1981a, 1981b). Populations on the principal breeding grounds of the redhead--the prairie and parkland region of south-central Canada and north-central United States--averaged 710,000 birds from 1955 to 1981 (Bellrose 1976; A. Novara, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [USFWS], Jamestown, North Dakota; pers. comm.). Redhead numbers began to decline in the 1960's. Killing redheads became illegal from 1960 to 1963, and strict bag limits were imposed after that (Bellrose 1976). A breeding population low of 387,000 birds occurred in 1963, but prairie populations began to recover after that time. Their numbers peaked in 1980 when 1,146,000 birds were recorded (A. Novara, pers. comm.).


During the fall, over a third of the total redhead population uses the migration corridor that extends from the prairie breeding area to the Texas gulf coast. Another migration corridor extends from the second most important breeding area--the Great Salt Basin--to the Texas coast (Bellrose 1976).


During the fall, over a third of the total redhead population uses the migration corridor that extends from the prairie breeding area to the Texas gulf coast. Another migration corridor extends from the second most important breeding area--the Great Salt Basin--to the Texas coast (Bellrose 1976).

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Habitat suitability index models: redhead (wintering)
Series title:
FWS/OBS
Series number:
82/10.53
Subseries
Habitat Suitability Index
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
vi, 14 p.
Number of Pages:
25