Movements and home ranges of Mountain Plovers raising broods in three Colorado landscapes

Victoria J. Dreitz, Michael B. Wunder, Fritz L. Knopf

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    Abstract

    We report movements and home-range sizes of adult Mountain Plovers (Charadrius montanus) with broods on rangeland, agricultural fields, and prairie dog habitats in eastern Colorado. Estimates of home range size (95% fixed kernel) were similar across the three habitats: rangeland (146.1 ha ± 101.5), agricultural fields (131.6 ha ± 74.4), and prairie dog towns (243.3 ha ± 366.3). Our minimum convex polygon estimates of home-range size were comparable to those on rangeland reported by Knopf and Rupert (1996). In addition, movements - defined as the distance between consecutive locations of adults with broods - were equivalent across habitats. However, our findings on prairie dog habitat suggest that home-range size for brood rearing may be related to whether the prairie dog habitat is in a complex of towns or in an isolated town.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)128-132
    Number of pages5
    JournalWilson Bulletin
    Volume117
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2005

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