Radio transmitters bias estimation of movements and survival

L. W. Burger, M. R. Ryan, D. P. Jones, A. P. Wywialowski

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Tested whether radio transmitter size (14 vs 18-22 g) and signal strength (1-stage vs. 2-stage) had any effect on estimates of survival, movement, or home range of female greater prairie-chickens Tympanuchus cupido. Birds wearing heavier 2-stage solar transmitters, with twice the reflective surface, had lower annual survival than birds wearing the lighter transmitter. In two of three seasons, estimates of daily movements, within-day movements, and seasonal ranges were larger for birds equipped with the more powerful 2-stage transmitters. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-697
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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