Submitted to: American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 7, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Migratory paths of North American waterbirds have been traditionally evaluated by relocating birds banded as nestlings. Although over 8,000 banded double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) have been recovered in North America since 1915, the migratory path of cormorants from wintering to breeding habitats remains unclear. In particular, the northward migration of cormorants associated with aquacultural depredation in southern states to traditional breeding colonies is not presently understood. We implemented a two-year satellite telemetry study to determine the annual and regional distributions of cormorants captured near primary aquaculture areas in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Twenty- five satellite transmitters were installed using backpack harnesses during the winter of 1999-2000. Preliminary spatial data analyses will be discussed.