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Dispersal and dam passage of sonic-tagged juvenile lake sturgeon in the upper Tennessee River

More than 90,000 state-endangered lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) have been stocked into the French Broad River, Holston River, and Fort Loudoun Lake in the upper Tennessee River system. Although incidental reports of anglers catching these fish have increased, little is known about their fate after stocking. Therefore, this study was...

Collier, William R.; Bettoli, Phillip William; Scholten, George D.

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Dispersal, mortality, and predation on recently-stocked rainbow trout in Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee

Forty-four hatchery-raised rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were implanted with ultrasonic tags and stocked into Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee, and tracked at least once per week for eight weeks to describe post-stocking dispersal rates, movements, and habitat use. Dispersal followed a three-stage pattern characterized by rapid movement away from...

Ivasauskas, Tomas J.; Bettoli, Phillip William

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Effects of stop-level habitat change on cerulean warbler detections along breeding bird survey routes in the central appalachians

- We examined the effects of habitat change on Cerulean Warbler ( Dendroica cerulea) populations at stops along Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) routes in the central Appalachians. We used aerial photographs to compare early (1967/1971), middle (1982/1985), and late (2000/2003) periods and compared 1992 and 2001 National Land Cover Data (NLCD). Mean...

McElhone, Patrick M.; Wood, Petra B.; Dawson, Deanna K.
Effects of stop-level habitat change on cerulean warbler detections along breeding bird survey routes in the central appalachians; 2011; Article; Journal; Wilson Journal of Ornithology; McElhone, P. M.; Wood, P. B.; Dawson, D. K.

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Environmental controls of wood entrapment in upper Midwestern streams

Wood deposited in streams provides a wide variety of ecosystem functions, including enhancing habitat for key species in stream food webs, increasing geomorphic and hydraulic heterogeneity and retaining organic matter. Given the strong role that wood plays in streams, factors that influence wood inputs, retention and transport are critical to...

Merten, Eric C.; Finlay, Jacques; Johnson, Lucinda; Newman, Raymond; Stefan, Heinz; Vondracek, Bruce C.
Environmental controls of wood entrapment in upper Midwestern streams; 2011; Article; Journal; Hydrological Processes; Merten, E. C.; Finlay, J.; Johnson, L.; Newman, R.; Stefan, H.; Vondracek, B.

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Evaluating gull diets: A comparison of conventional methods and stable isotope analysis

Samples such as regurgitated pellets and food remains have traditionally been used in studies of bird diets, but these can produce biased estimates depending on the digestibility of different foods. Stable isotope analysis has been developed as a method for assessing bird diets that is not biased by digestibility. These two methods may provide...

Weiser, Emily L.; Powell, Abby N.
Evaluating gull diets: A comparison of conventional methods and stable isotope analysis; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Field Ornithology; Weiser, E. L.; Powell, A. N.

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Genetic analysis of scats reveals minimum number and sex of recently documented mountain lions

Recent records of mountain lions Puma concolor and concurrent declines in desert bighorn sheep Ovis canadensis mexicana on Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, United States, have prompted investigations to estimate the number of mountain lions occurring there. We performed noninvasive genetic analyses and identified species, individuals, and...

Naidu, Ashwin; Smythe, Lindsay A.; Thompson, Ron W.; Culver, Melanie

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Genetic identity of Thamnophis sp. using microsatellite genetic markers

Butler’s gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri) was previously listed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a state threatened species. Several key questions associated with species identity, integrity, and hybridization with other gartersnake species needed to be addressed to further refi ne the management plan for this species. The...

Sloss, Brian L.

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Genetic methods for biodiversity assessment

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Culver, Melanie; Fitak, Robert R.; Herrmann, Hans-Werner

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Grassland bird use of oak barrens and dry prairies in Wisconsin

Grassland bird populations have declined more than any other group of birds in North America and are of conservation concern to state and federal agencies. We determined relative abundances of grassland birds in oak barrens and dry sand prairies—native habitat types rare in the state of Wisconsin. We also investigated the association of...

Vos, Susan M.; Ribic, Christine A.
Grassland bird use of oak barrens and dry prairies in Wisconsin; 2011; Article; Journal; Natural Areas Journal; Susan, M. V.; Ribic, C. A.

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Habitat selection and overlap of Atlantic salmon and smallmouth bass juveniles in nursery streams

Introduced smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu have invaded much of the historic freshwater habitat of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar in North America, yet little is known about the ecological interactions between the two species. We investigated the possibility of competition for habitat between age-0 Atlantic salmon and age-0...

Wathen, G.; Coghlan, S.M.; Zydlewski, Joseph D.; Trial, J.G.
Habitat selection and overlap of Atlantic salmon and smallmouth bass juveniles in nursery streams; 2011; Article; Journal; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Wathen, G.; Coghlan, Jr. , S. M.; Zydlewski, J.; Trial, J. G.

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Hepatic element concentrations of lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) during spring migration in the upper Midwest

High concentrations of some hepatic elements might be contributing to the decline of the continental lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) population. We evaluated hepatic element concentrations of male and female lesser scaup collected from the upper Midwest (Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota) during the 2003 and 2004 spring migrations. We...

Pillatzki, Angela E.; Neiger, Regg D.; Chipps, Steven R.; Higgins, Kenneth F.; Thiex, Nancy; Afton, Alan D.

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Identification and evaluation of shark bycatch in Georgia's commercial shrimp trawl fishery with implications for management

Many US states have recreational and commercial fisheries that occur in nursery areas occupied by subadult sharks and can potentially affect their survival. Georgia is one of few US states without a directed commercial shark fishery, but the state has a large, nearshore penaeid shrimp trawl fishery in which small sharks occur as bycatch. During...

Belcher, C.N.; Jennings, C.A.
Identification and evaluation of shark bycatch in Georgia's commercial shrimp trawl fishery with implications for management; 2011; Article; Journal; Fisheries Management and Ecology; Belcher, C. N.; Jennings, C. A.