Analysis and machine mapping of the distribution of band recoveries

Special Scientific Report - Wildlife 198



A method of calculating distance and bearing from banding site to recovery location based on the solution of a spherical triangle is presented. X and Y distances on an ordinate grid were applied to computer plotting of recoveries on a map. The advantages and disadvantages of tables of recoveries by State or degree block, axial lines, and distance of recovery from banding site for presentation and comparison of the spatial distribution of band recoveries are discussed. A special web-shaped partition formed by concentric circles about the point of banding and great circles at 30-degree intervals through the point of banding has certain advantages over other methods. Comparison of distributions by means of a X? contingency test is illustrated. The statistic V = X?/N can be used as a measure of difference between two distributions of band recoveries and its possible use is illustrated as a measure of the degree of migrational homing.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Analysis and machine mapping of the distribution of band recoveries
Series title Special Scientific Report - Wildlife
Series number 198
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location Washington, DC
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 8 pp.
First page 0
Last page 8
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