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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Free Food Is Not Free: Do Food Plots Pose Greater Predation Risk Than Resource Benefit for Northern Bobwhite Quail?

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AUTHORS: Nadejda A. Mirochnitchenko, Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Erica F. Stuber, Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Joseph J. Fontaine, U.S. Geological Survey, Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, University of Nebraska–Lincoln


ABSTRACT: Supplemental feeding programs have been shown to change the distribution patterns of target and non-target species. When non-target predators move closer to supplemental feeding sites, feeders may pose as a trap for target species and other at risk non-target species, counteracting conservation intentions. However, the net benefit or costs over the entire life history for a target upland game species, Northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus), has not been clearly evaluated. In this study, we will quantify space use and survival of bobwhite quail using radio telemetric tracking during winter. We will also track the local predator space use using a grid of camera traps. We will then compare the space use of quail and their predators in areas where a low maintenance supplemental feeding technique (food plots) have been implemented to areas with no food supplementation. Understanding the direct and indirect effects of proposed management programs is essential to implementation of effective conservation strategies. 

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Lancaster Ballroom

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