A new stratification of mourning dove call-count routes

Journal of Wildlife Management
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The mourning dove (Zenaidura macroura) call-count survey is a nationwide audio-census of breeding mourning doves. Recent analyses of the call-count routes have utilized a stratification based upon physiographic regions of the United States. An analysis of 5 years of call-count data, based upon stratification using potential natural vegetation, has demonstrated that this uew stratification results in strata with greater homogeneity than the physiographic strata, provides lower error variance, and hence generates greatet precision in the analysis without an increase in call-count routes. Error variance was reduced approximately 30 percent for the contiguous United States. This indicates that future analysis based upon the new stratification will result in an increased ability to detect significant year-to-year changes.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A new stratification of mourning dove call-count routes
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 35
Issue 2
Year Published 1971
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 319-326
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 319
Last page 326
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