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Characterization of whooping crane migrations and stopover sites used in the Central Flyway, 2010-2016

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2010
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2016

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Pearse, A.T, Brandt, D.A., Bidwell, M.T., Metzger, K.L., Harner, M.J., Baasch, D.M., and Harrell, W., 2019, Characterization of whooping crane migrations and stopover sites used in the Central Flyway, 2010-2016: U.S. Geological Survey, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9NRAY6F.

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These data were developed to support an effort to characterize migration strategies in the U.S. Great Plains and Canadian Prairies and to explore sources of heterogeneity in their migration strategy, including space use, timing, and performance. Data come from locations and other information related to 58 marked Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) from 2010–2016. These data represent basic information about migrations of marked whooping cranes, including dates of initiation and termination of migration, time in migration, distance of migration, number of stopover sites used, and other metrics. Also included are data related to individual sites used by whooping cranes during migration.

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WHCR_migration.csv 15.57 KB
WHCR_stops.csv 134.84 KB

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Characterize migration strategies of Whooping Cranes and determine levels and sources of heterogeneity in aspects of migration strategy including space use, timing, and performance metrics. We also explored how cranes allocated time and energy during migration by comparing distances moved daily and time spent at stopover sites.

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