thumbnail

Implanting radio transmitters in wintering canvasbacks

Journal of Wildlife Management

By:
ORCID iD , , , and
https://doi.org/10.2307/3808830

Links

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.

Study Area

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Implanting radio transmitters in wintering canvasbacks
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
DOI:
10.2307/3808830
Volume:
56
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
4 p.
First page:
325
Last page:
328
Country:
USA
State:
Maryland, Virginia
Other Geospatial:
Chesapeake Bay
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N