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Monday, February 6 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Technical Session. Factors Influencing Ring-Necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Nest Survival in Southwest Nebraska

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AUTHORS: Adela C. Annis, U.S. Geological Survey Kansas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit; Joseph J. Fontaine, U.S. Geological Survey Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

ABSTRACT: The USGS Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (NCFWRC) in conjunction with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) are conducting a long-term research project on ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) in the NGPC Focus on Pheasants area in Southwest Nebraska. Female pheasants were outfitted with VHF radio transmitters and tracked using telemetry techniques in order study nest ecology on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) fields and adjacent properties. However, factors influencing nest survival rates are still largely unknown. Nest survival estimates were calculated using Nest Survival models in Program MARK and Program R, to determine the factors driving nest survival within the Southwest Nebraska region. Subsequent results will provide the NGPC with additional information for managing nesting habitat and potentially improve nest survival within the region.

Monday February 6, 2017 3:40pm - 4:00pm CST
Grand Ballroom B