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Daniel G. McAuley

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
5768 South Annex A
Orono, Maine 04469-5768

Photo of Daniel G. McAuley

Telephone: 207-581-3357

Fax: 207-581-3783


Research Wildlife Biologist

Primary Responsibilities:
Station Leader (2004-present) and Research Wildlife Biologist with the Patuxent field station in Orono.  Primary responsibility is to conduct field research on migratory bird issues identified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other Department of Interior agencies.  Current research includes studies on adaptive habitat management and habitat use of American woodcock in the Northeast and survival of American woodcock during fall migration using radio telemetry, survival and recruitment of common eiders using mark-recapture methods and band recovery analyses, and evaluating use of fixed wing aircraft to survey red-necked phalaropes in the Bay of Fundy.

B.A. Niagara University (1973)
B.S. University of Maine, Orono (1976)
M.S. University of Maine, Orono (1986) 

Areas of Expertise/Interest:
Ecology and management of American woodcock, waterfowl (black ducks, eastern mallards, ring-necked ducks, common eider), and wetlands. Effects of habitat management on neo-tropical migratory birds.

Over 25 years with Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (1978-present). Special Achievement Award, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1987; Special Achievement Award, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1989; Special Achievement Award, U.S. National Biological Survey, 1994

Active Projects:

Adaptive habitat management and habitat use of American woodcock in the Northeast associated with the Northern Forest Woodcock Initiative

Survival of American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) during fall migration

Survival and Recruitment of Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima dresseri) in the Gulf of Maine

Analysis of American Woodcock Populations and Habitat to Assess Potential Biases in the Distribution of the Sing-ground Survey

Feasibility of Aerial Surveys to Census Red-necked Phalaropes in the Bay of Fundy

Selected Publications/Products: 
Longcore, J. R., D.G. McAuley, G.W. Pendelton, C. R. Bennatti, T. R. Mingo, and K. L. Stromberg.  2006. Macroinvertebrate abundance, water chemistry, and wetland characteristics affect use of wetlands by avian species in Maine.  Hydrobiologia. In Press.

McAuley, D.G., J. R. Longcore, D. A. Clugston, R. B. Allen, A Weik, S. Williamson, J. Dunn, W. Palmer, K. Evans, W. Staats, G.F. Sepik, and W. Halteman.  2005. Effects of hunting on survival of American woodcock in the Northeast.  The Journal of Wildlife Management.69(4):1565-1577.

Rhymer, J.M., D.G. McAuley, and H.L. Zeil.  2005.  Phylogeography of the American Woodcock (Scolopax minor): are management units based on band recovery data reflected in genetically based management units?  Auk 122 (4):1149-1160.

Woodcock, T.S., J.R. Longcore, D.G. McAuley, T. M. Mingo, C. Reid, and K. L. Stromberg.  2005.  The role of pH in structuring communities of Maine wetland macrophytes and Chironomid larvae (Diptera).  Wetlands 25(2):306-316.

McAuley, D.G., D. A. Clugston, and J. R. Longcore.  2004.  Dynamic use of wetlands by black ducks and mallards: evidence against competitive exclusion.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 32 (2) 465-473.

Longcore, J.L. and D.G. McAuley.  2004.  Extraordinary size and survival of American Black Duck, Anas rubripes, broods.  Canadian Field-Naturalist 118(1): 129-131.

D.R. Dessecker and D.G. McAuley. 2001.  Importance of early successional habitat to ruffed grouse and American woodcock.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 29(2): 456-465.

McAuley, D.G., J.G. Bruggink, and G.F. Sepik, editors.  2000.  Proceedings of the Ninth American Woodcock Symposium.  U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division Information and Technology Report USGS/BRD/ITR-2000-0009.  Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland.  117 pp.

McAuley, D.G., D.A. Clugston, and J.R. Longcore.  1998.  Outcome of aggressive interactions between American black ducks and mallards during the breeding season.  Journal of Wildlife Management 62:143-141.

McAuley, D. G., J. R. Longcore, G. F. Sepik, and G. W. Pendleton. 1996. Habitat characteristics of American woodcock nest sites on a managed area in Maine. Journal of Wildlife Management 60:138-148.

McAuley, D.G., J.R. Longcore, and G.F. Sepik. 1993.  Behavior of male and female woodcock during the breeding season.  In G.F. Sepik and J.R. Longcore, eds. The 8th woodcock symposium. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish and Wildlife Biological. Report.

Derleth, E.L., D.G. McAuley, and T.J. Dwyer. 1989. Avian community response to small-scale habitat disturbance in Maine.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 62:385-390

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