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Modeling and the management of migratory birds

June 16, 2010

Mathematical modeling of migratory bird populations is reviewed in the context of migratory bird management. We focus on dynamic models of waterfowl, since most management-oriented migratory bird models concern waterfowl species. We describe the management context for these modeling efforts, with a focus on large-scale operational data collection programs and on processes by which waterfowl harvest is regulated and waterfowl habitats are protected and managed. Through their impacts on key population parameters such as recruitment and survival rate, these activities can influence population dynamics, thereby providing managers some measure of control over the status of populations. Recent applications of the modeling of waterfowl are described in terms of objectives, mathematical structures, and contributions to management. Finally, we discuss research needs and data limitations in migratory bird modeling, and offer suggestions to increase the value to managers of future modeling efforts.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1990
Title Modeling and the management of migratory birds
Authors B.K. Williams, J. D. Nichols
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Natural Resource Modeling
Index ID 5222577
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center