Increased flexibility for modeling telemetry and nest-survival data using the multistate framework

Olivier Devineau, William L. Kendall, Paul F. Doherty, Tanya M. Shenk, Gary C. White, Paul M. Lukacs, Kenneth P. Burnham

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Abstract

Although telemetry is one of the most common tools used in the study of wildlife, advances in the analysis of telemetry data have lagged compared to progress in the development of telemetry devices. We demonstrate how standard known-fate telemetry and related nest-survival data analysis models are special cases of the more general multistate framework. We present a short theoretical development, and 2 case examples regarding the American black duck and the mallard. We also present a more complex lynx data analysis. Although not necessary in all situations, the multistate framework provides additional flexibility to analyze telemetry data, which may help analysts and biologists better deal with the vagaries of real-world data collection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-230
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • black duck
  • known fate
  • lynx
  • mallard
  • mark-recapture
  • multistate
  • nest survival
  • survival
  • telemetry

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