Accession Number : ADA322696

Title :   Distribution and Abundance of Predators that Affect Duck Production-Prairie Pothole Region.

Descriptive Note : Resource publication no. 194,

Corporate Author : FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE JAMESTOWN ND NORTHERN PRAIRIE WILDLIFE RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Sargeant, Alan B. ; Greenwood, Raymond J. ; Sovada, Marsha A. ; Shaffer, Terry L.

PDF Url : ADA322696

Report Date : 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 102

Abstract : During 1983-88, the relative abundance of 18 species and species-groups of mammalian and avian predators affecting duck production in the prairie pothole region was determined in 33 widely scattered study areas ranging in size from 23-26 km2. Accounts of each studied species and species-group include habitat and history, population structure and reported densities, and information on distribution and abundance from the present study Index values of undetected, scarce, uncommon, common, or numerous were used to rate abundance of nearly all species in each study area. Principal survey methods were livetrapping of striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) and Franklin's ground squirrels (Spermophilus franklinii systematic searches for carnivore tracks in quarter sections (0.65 km2), daily records of sightings of individual predator species, and systematic searches for occupied nests of tree-nesting avian predators. Abundances of predators in individual areas were studied 1-3 years.

Descriptors :   *POPULATION, *CARNIVORA, *DUCKS, DENSITY, PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, SURVEYS, HISTORY, INDEXES, HABITATS, DAILY OCCURRENCE, REPRODUCTION(PHYSIOLOGY), NESTING(ANIMALS), SQUIRRELS.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE