Factors influencing wetland use by Canada geese

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1997-12-01
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Naugle, David
Gleason, Jeffrey
Nusser, Sarah
Jenks, Jonathan
Higgins, Kenneth
Mammenga, Paul
Nusser, Sarah
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Seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands in eastern South Dakota were surveyed in 1995 and 1996 to identify habitat characteristics influencing wetland use by Canada geese (Branta canadensis maxima). Position of a wetland within the landscape and its area were important landscape-scale features influencing wetland use by geese. Our delineation of potential Canada goose habitat using a wetland geographic information system indicated that distribution and area of semi-permanent wetlands likely limit Canada goose occurrence in regions outside the Prairie Coteau. Periodicity in hydrologic cycles within landscapes also may influence goose use of wetlands in eastern South Dakota.

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This article is from Wetlands 17 (1997): 552–558, doi:10.1007/BF03161521.

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