Age-specific survival of male golden-cheeked warblers on the Fort Hood Military Reservation, Texas

Avian Conservation and Ecology
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Abstract

Population models are essential components of large-scale conservation and management plans for the federally endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia; hereafter GCWA). However, existing models are based on vital rate estimates calculated using relatively small data sets that are now more than a decade old. We estimated more current, precise adult and juvenile apparent survival (Φ) probabilities and their associated variances for male GCWAs. In addition to providing estimates for use in population modeling, we tested hypotheses about spatial and temporal variation in Φ. We assessed whether a linear trend in Φ or a change in the overall mean Φ corresponded to an observed increase in GCWA abundance during 1992-2000 and if Φ varied among study plots. To accomplish these objectives, we analyzed long-term GCWA capture-resight data from 1992 through 2011, collected across seven study plots on the Fort Hood Military Reservation using a Cormack-Jolly-Seber model structure within program MARK. We also estimated Φ process and sampling variances using a variance-components approach. Our results did not provide evidence of site-specific variation in adult Φ on the installation. Because of a lack of data, we could not assess whether juvenile Φ varied spatially. We did not detect a strong temporal association between GCWA abundance and Φ. Mean estimates of Φ for adult and juvenile male GCWAs for all years analyzed were 0.47 with a process variance of 0.0120 and a sampling variance of 0.0113 and 0.28 with a process variance of 0.0076 and a sampling variance of 0.0149, respectively. Although juvenile Φ did not differ greatly from previous estimates, our adult Φ estimate suggests previous GCWA population models were overly optimistic with respect to adult survival. These updated Φ probabilities and their associated variances will be incorporated into new population models to assist with GCWA conservation decision making.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Age-specific survival of male golden-cheeked warblers on the Fort Hood Military Reservation, Texas
Series title Avian Conservation and Ecology
DOI 10.5751/ACE-00693-090204
Volume 9
Issue 2
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Resilience Alliance Publications
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 9 p.
Country United States
State Texas
Other Geospatial Fort Hood
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N