A fine-scale movement approach to Black Skimmer diurnal habitat use patterns

Authors: Rebecca Loraamm*, University of Oklahoma
Topics: Animal Geographies, Applied Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: habitat use, animal interactions
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Analysing movement patterns at a fine temporal scale can lead to greater understanding of how animals interact with their surrounding habitat; particularly when we are interested not only in determining where animals spend their time, but when and how likely are they to interact with their surrounding habitat during the day. For practical conservation concerns, animal interactions should be summarized for a population, not a single individual. This paper extends two approaches, a voxel based space-time prism and a comprehensive probability surface, to quantify the probability of habitat cover type interaction for a tracking data set for a Black skimmer (Rynchops niger) population in the Amazon region in South America. A habitat interaction graph was constructed to summarize interaction by habitat type and by time of day for this population.

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