Effective migratory bird management and conservation requires an integrate approach at multiple spatial and temporal scales. We are developing a spatially explicit agent-based model for dabbling ducks during spring migration. We are modeling foraging and resting behavior at prominent spring migration stopover sites throughout the midcontinent region. Emergent properties of the working model include spring migration stopover duration, movement distances and survival. We will use the model to evaluate alternative land-use change and management scenarios to evaluate the effects of environmental variation on dabbling duck spring migration stopover duration and survival.
The agent-based model has been developed and is currently being evaluated and validated using emergent properties, including stopover duration, survival and movement distances. We have performed 7 different analyses encompassing approximately 3,000 individual simulations. The final 2 analyses that include approximately 1000 simulations are presently being conducted.
- W.S. Beatty, E.B. Webb, D.C. Kesler, L.W. Naylor, A.H. Raedeke, D.D. Humburg, J.M. Coluccy, and G.J. Soulliere. 2015. An empirical evaluation of landscape energetic models: Mallard and American black duck space use during the non-breeding period. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:1141-1151.
- Beatty, W.S., E.B. Webb, D.C. Kesler, A.H. Raedeke, L.W. Naylor, D.D. Humburg, G.J. Soulliere and J. Coluccy. Effects of landscape energetics on mallard and American black duck movements. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2014.
- Effects of landscape energetics on mallard and American black duck movement, The Wildlife Society, Oct 25 - 30, 2014.