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Bayesian Time Series Analysis of Segments of the Rocky Mountain Trumpeter Swan Population

Chris K. Wright, Richard Sojda and Daniel Goodman
Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology
Vol. 25, Special Publication 1: Proceedings of the Fourth International Swan Symposium 2001 (2002), pp. 319-326
Published by: Waterbird Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1522369
Page Count: 8
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Bayesian Time Series Analysis of Segments of the Rocky Mountain Trumpeter Swan Population
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Abstract

A Bayesian time series analysis technique, the dynamic linear model, was used to analyze counts of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) summering in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming from 1931 to 2000. For the Yellowstone National Park segment of white birds (sub-adults and adults combined) the estimated probability of a positive growth rate is 0.01. The estimated probability of achieving the Subcommittee on Rocky Mountain Trumpeter Swans 2002 population goal of 40 white birds for the Yellowstone segment is less than 0.01. Outside of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming white birds are estimated to have a 0.79 probability of a positive growth rate with a 0.05 probability of achieving the 2002 objective of 120 white birds. In the Centennial Valley in southwest Montana, results indicate a probability of 0.87 that the white bird population is growing at a positive rate with considerable uncertainty. The estimated probability of achieving the 2002 Centennial Valley objective of 160 white birds is 0.14 but under an alternative model falls to 0.04. The estimated probability that the Targhee National Forest segment of white birds has a positive growth rate is 0.03. In Idaho outside of the Targhee National Forest, white birds are estimated to have a 0.97 probability of a positive growth rate with a 0.18 probability of attaining the 2002 goal of 150 white birds.

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