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Survey protocol for the Richardson's ground squirrel

Description

Richardson's ground squirrels, colloquially known as prairie gophers, are found throughout the prairie provinces and play a vital role as a prey species for several predators, such as ferruginous hawks. Behavioural and physiological ecology of Richardson's ground squirrels is fairly well known, but information on population trends in the prairies is less well documented. Past surveys on ground squirrels included burrow entrance counts, mark-release-recapture, and above-ground visual surveys. After reviewing the time allocation, manpower requirement, cost, and precision of these survey methods, above-ground visual surveys during playback of alarm vocalisations has been selected as the preferred survey method for Richardson's ground squirrels because it is time efficient and cost effective and should yield the required information.

Tags
Richardsons ground squirrel endangered species prairie gopher wildlife conservation

Title and publication information

Type
Report
Alternative Title

Alberta species at risk report no. 69

Extent

28 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Sustainable Resource Development (2001-2006,2006-2013)

Contributor

Downey, Brad A.

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2003-03-01

Date Added

2016-02-29T22:42:42.955433

Date Modified

2003-03-01

Date Issued

2003-03-01

Audience information

Identifiers

ISBN (pdf)

077852826X

ISBN (print)

0778528251

ISSN (online)

1496-7146

ISSN (print)

1496-7219

NEOS catalogue key

2773024

Local Identifier

I/108

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Environment and Parks