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General constraints on sampling wildlife on FIA plots

January 1, 2005

This paper reviews the constraints to sampling wildlife populations at FIA points. Wildlife sampling programs must have well-defined goals and provide information adequate to meet those goals. Investigators should choose a State variable based on information needs and the spatial sampling scale. We discuss estimation-based methods for three State variables: species richness, abundance, and patch occupancy. All methods incorporate two essential sources of variation: detectability estimation and spatial variation. FIA sampling imposes specific space and time criteria that may need to be adjusted to meet local wildlife objectives.

Publication Year 2005
Title General constraints on sampling wildlife on FIA plots
Authors L.L. Bailey, J.R. Sauer, J. D. Nichols, P.H. Geissler
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 5211278
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center