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Examining wildlife responses to phenology and wildfire using a landscape-scale camera trap network

May 5, 2012

Between 2001 and 2009, the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project deployed 174 camera traps in the mountains of southern Arizona to record jaguar activity. In addition to jaguars, the motion-activated cameras, placed along known wildlife travel routes, recorded occurrences of ~ 20 other animal species. We examined temporal relationships of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and javelina (Pecari tajacu) to landscape phenology (as measured by monthly Normalized Difference Vegetation Index data) and the timing of wildfire (Alambre Fire of 2007). Mixed model analyses suggest that temporal dynamics of these two species were related to vegetation phenology and natural disturbance in the Sky Island region, information important for wildlife managers faced with uncertainty regarding changing climate and disturbance regimes.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Examining wildlife responses to phenology and wildfire using a landscape-scale camera trap network
DOI
Authors Miguel L. Villarreal, Leila Gass, Laura Norman, Joel B. Sankeya, Cynthia S.A. Wallace, Dennis McMacken, Jack L. Childs, Roy E. Petrakis
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
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Series Number
Index ID 70156774
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Geographic Science Center