Factors influencing wetland use by Canada geese

David E. Naugle, Jeffrey S. Gleason, Jonathan A. Jenks, Kenneth F. Higgins, Paul W. Mammenga, Sarah M. Nusser

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Seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands in eastern South Dakota were surveyed in 1995 and 1996 to identify habitat characteristics influencing wetland use by Canada geese (Branta canadensis maxima). Position of a wetland within the landscape and its area were important landscape-scale features influencing wetland use by geese. Our delineation of potential Canada goose habitat using a wetland geographic information system indicated that distribution and area of semi-permanent wetlands likely limit Canada goose occurrence in regions outside the Prairie Coteau. Periodicity in hydrologic cycles within landscapes also may influence goose use of wetlands in eastern South Dakota.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-558
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1997


  • Canada goose
  • Discriminant function analysis
  • Eastern South Dakota
  • GIS
  • Landscapes
  • Wetlands


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