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Patterns and Processes of Dispersal of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs in a Heavily Managed Landscape of the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Investigators:
Samantha M. Wisely
Jack F. Cully, Jr.
Charles Lee

Project Supervisors:
Samantha M. Wisely
Jack F. Cully, Jr.
Charles Lee

Funding:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Cooperators:
Kansas State University
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Location: The Great Plains

Completion: September 2012

Status: Ongoing


Black-tailed Prairie Dogs

Objectives:
(1) Patterns of connectivity.

    (1a) Determine the frequency of long distance dispersal.
    (1b) Estimate the average dispersal distance for male vs. female migrants of each colony and complex.
    (1c) Estimate the connectivity of regions over multiple generations.
(2) Ecological processes of dispersal.
    (2a) Determine habitat suitable for dispersal among colonies but within complexes.
    (2b) Determine the ecological processes responsbile for maintaining connectivity or isolation among complexes and ecoregions.

Progress and Results:

Products:
Pigg, RM, SM Wisely, C Lee, JF Cully, Jr. 2013. Broad-scale patterns of connectivity among black-tailed prairie dog colonies in a heavily managed landscape. American Society of Mammalogists Conference, Philadelphia, PA.