publication . Other literature type . 2011

Timing of seasonal migration in mule deer: effects of climate, plant phenology, andlife-history characteristics

Monteith, Kevin L.; Bleich, Vernon C.; Stephenson, Thomas R.; Pierce, Becky M.; Conner, Mary M.; Klaver, Robert W.; Bowyer, R. Terry;
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  • Published: 27 Apr 2011
  • Publisher: Hosted by Utah State University Libraries
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Phenological events of plants and animals are sensitive to climatic processes. Migration is a life-history event exhibited by most large herbivores living in seasonal environments, and is thought to occur in response to dynamics of forage and weather. Decisions regarding when to migrate, however, may be affected by differences in life-history characteristics of individuals. Long-term and intensive study of a population of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA, allowed us to document patterns of migration during 11 years that encompassed a wide array of environmental conditions. We used two new techniques to properly account for in...
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free text keywords: climate change, life-history characteristics, mule deer, NDVI, nutritional condition, Odocoileus hemionus, plant phenology, risk averse, risk prone, Sierra Nevada, snow depth, trophic mismatch, Environmental Sciences
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