Timing of Autumn Migration of Sora (Porzana carolina) in MISSOURI

Auriel M.V. Fournier, Doreen C. Mengel, Edward E. Gbur, David G. Krementz

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Monitoring and conserving waterbirds, including Sora (Porzana carolina), in Missouri, is constrained by the lack of information on migration phenology. We performed nocturnal distance sampling surveys by ATV across 11 state and federal managed wetlands in Missouri, USA from 2012-2015 to compare the timing of Sora' autumn migration among years. Migration of Sora in Missouri began in the first week of August, on average it peaked on 25 September, and continued through the last week of October. We detected migration of Sora earlier in autumn than did previous work. We found the start and end of migration did not vary annually in 3 of 4 years. With our results, wetland managers should be able to better time their management for rails in Missouri.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-770
Number of pages6
JournalWilson Journal of Ornithology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Autumn migration
  • Missouri
  • Moist soil management
  • Rallidae
  • Sora
  • Wetlands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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