Wildlife Population Management II

Contributed Oral   Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of Neonate White-Tailed Deer in Western Virginia Marcella Kelly, Randy W. DeYoung, Michael Cherry, Garrett Clevinger, Nelson Lafon, Mark Ford Fawn recruitment is an important population parameter of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) that influences harvest potential and is often modified by landscape conditions and local predator assemblages. In […]

Wildlife Population Management III

Contributed Oral   Reproductive Integration of Gopher Tortoises in a Translocated Population with Multiple Source Populations Nicole DeSha, Matthew Aresco, Kevin Shoemaker, Elizabeth Hunter, Kevin Loope Animal translocation is an important management tool that can mitigate the effects of habitat loss due to development, climate change, and other threats.  The success of translocation sites that […]

Ornithology II

Contributed Oral   Effects of Blood Mercury Concentrations on the Prevalence of Avian Malaria in Central Louisiana Maria Ferrer, Jared Wolfe, Kristin Brzeski, Collin Eagles-Smith, Allyson Jackson, Erik Johnson, Eric Tobin Avian malaria (genus Plasmodium), a protozoan parasite transmitted by mosquito vectors, is prevalent across a wide variety of bird species. Additionally, heavy metal poisoning […]

Ornithology III

Contributed Oral   Long-Term Avian Community Changes in a Private Working Forest Scott Rush, Rebecca Bracken, Daniel Greene, Darren Miller In the southeastern U.S., changes in ecosystem properties have been implicated in recent avian population declines. However, an increase in forest management efforts creating landscape heterogeneity with interspersed stands of different age classes has led […]

Physiology, Nutrition & Genetics

Contributed Oral   State-Dependent Decision-Making and Individual Variation in Large-Herbivore Space Use Justine Becker, Ryan Long, Corina Tarnita, Robert Pringle State-dependent behavioral theory predicts that animals alter their behavior in response to changes in individual energy dynamics in ways that maximize reproductive value. Considerable evidence now supports the idea that ungulates in temperate environments adjust […]

Upland Game I

Contributed Oral   Spatiotemporal Variation and Individual Heterogeneity in Resource Selection by Lesser Prairie-Chickens Bram Verheijen, David Haukos, Daniel Sullins Patterns in resource selection are rarely uniform within a species, instead varying with spatiotemporal variation in resource availability and individual heterogeneity in resource needs. Because of its direct link with fitness and distribution of animals, […]

Upland Game II

Contributed Oral   Spatial and Temporal Variation in Survival of Female Wild Turkeys David Moscicki, Christopher Moorman, Bret A. Collier, Christopher Kreh, Krishna Pacifici Female survival often is the vital rate that contributes most to population growth of upland gamebirds such as wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), so investigation of the factors that affect survival is […]

Urban Wildlife and Damage Management

Contributed Oral   Early-Life Experience with Urbanization Influences Departure and Transience Behavior in Coyotes Emily Zepeda Natal dispersal plays an important role in connecting individual animal behavior with ecological processes at all levels of biological organization. As urban environments are rapidly increasing in extent and intensity, understanding how urbanization influences these long distance movements is […]

Human/Wildlife Conflict Management I

Contributed Oral   Assessing the Influence of a Spring Hunting Season on Black Bear Harvest and Bear-Human Interactions in Ontario, Canada Joseph M. Northrup, Eric Howe, Jeremy Inglis, Erica Newton, Martyn Obbard, Bruce Pond, Derek Potter Reduction of human-bear interactions is a fundamental to black bear management throughout North America. Increased harvest is often suggested […]


Contributed Oral   American Black Duck Brood Ecology in Coastal North Carolina Amanda Hoyt, Chris Williams, Doug Howell Although years of breeding data exist for American black ducks (Anas rubripes) in North Carolina, the southern extent of their breeding range, little is known about brood ecology in the area. We monitored 160 black duck nests […]