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Wildlife biologists commonly use banded birds to estimate population size and vital rates. But what happens if the bands become lost or can no longer be read? In a study in the March issue of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, researchers double-banded diving ducks. They used traditional aluminum bands as well as another made of incoloy designed to be more wear-resistant to see how the two compared.
Other articles include the use of noose carpets to capture rails, a comparison of Merriam’s turkey harvest strategies and survival in northern Arizona and ratcheting up rigor in wildlife management decision-making.
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