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Accession Number 5003469

Title Population dynamics of Canada Geese within the Atlantic Flyway

Project Description The distribution of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) has changed dramatically over the last 45

years. Overall the migrant population has declined to the point where the hunting season has been

closed, whereas resident geese are so prevalent that they are considered nuisances in many

places. In order to study the dynamics of these two sub-populations both migrant and resident

geese were neck-collared by biologists in the Atlantic Flyway from 1990 to 1997. Observers have

conducted intensive searches for collared geese over this same period. This project will consist of

analyzing these mark/resight data, to (1) determine if resident geese migrate and the timing of

migration if they do; (2) estimate survival and movement rates over harvest and non-harvest

periods, and their relationship to harvest regulations, for residents and migrants; (3) estimate

retention rates of experimental rubber neck bands that were used.

Keywords canada gese, markresight, meta-populations, migratory birds, movement, survival,

Principal William L Kendall, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: william_kendall@usgs.gov; James

Investigators D Nichols, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: jim_nichols@usgs.gov; James E Hines,

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: jim_hines@usgs.gov; Jay Hestbeck, U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service: ;

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