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Monitoring Texas Wood Ducks With a Cooperative Nest-Box Program

Dean Ransom, Jr. and Carl D. Frentress
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 71, No. 8 (Nov., 2007), pp. 2743-2748
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4496397
Page Count: 6
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Monitoring Texas Wood Ducks With a Cooperative Nest-Box Program
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Abstract

We analyzed 8 years of data from the Texas Cooperative Nest Box Program initiated in 1988 by Texas Parks and Wildlife, USA, as a means of involving private cooperators in statewide wood duck (Aix sponsa) management. Cooperators operated ≤9 boxes and most reported nest-box data for only 1 year (56.5%) and 2 years (20.6%) over the 8-year life of the project. Mean nest-box use differed among ecological regions of the state (F= 4.23, df= 6, P= 0.001) but did not exceed 30% in any region. Mean nest-box success ranged between 74-91% across ecological regions during 1988-1995, but annual estimates of nest-box success lacked precision (CVs >30%) in most years for all regions. Our project was unsuccessful as a management tool for monitoring wood duck demographics. Future efforts should focus on improving the amount and quality of data collected from box-nesting wood ducks.

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