Correction of bias in belt transect studies of immotile objects

Journal of Wildlife Management
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Unless a correction is made, population estimates derived from a sample of belt transects will be biased if a fraction of, the individuals on the sample transects are not counted. An approach, useful for correcting this bias when sampling immotile populations using transects of a fixed width, is presented. The method assumes that a searcher's ability to find objects near the center of the transect is nearly perfect. The method utilizes a mathematical equation, estimated from the data, to represent the searcher's inability to find all objects at increasing distances from the center of the transect. An example of the analysis of data, formation of the equation, and application is presented using waterfowl nesting data collected in Colorado.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Correction of bias in belt transect studies of immotile objects
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 34
Issue 1
Year Published 1970
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 141-146
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 141
Last page 146