Distribution & Habitat Use

ABR has a diverse team of scientists with expertise in collecting, managing, mapping, and analyzing animal location data from aerial or boat-based surveys, ground surveys, or telemetry data. Their skills include advanced geo-spatial data management, remote sensing of landscape attributes, GIS analysis and mapping, spatial analysis, and vegetation and habitat interpretation. By combining expertise from these various fields, we can compare animal distribution data to publicly available or ABR-created GIS layers for a wide variety of landscape attributes, wildlife habitat types, vegetative biomass, snowmelt, elevation, aspect, or terrain ruggedness. The result is a more thorough analysis of the factors influencing animal distribution for baseline studies or post-construction monitoring. Our studies have assessed habitat use, seasonal range use, movement rates, and potential effects of a variety of potential anthropogenic disturbances.

We also have extensive experience managing and analyzing telemetry data. We have collected and analyzed radio-telemetry data from multiple caribou herds, moose, black bears, brown bears, wolverines, and even fishing boat locations. We have successfully developed data-sharing agreements with wildlife management agencies for both the use of existing telemetry data and deploying new telemetry collars. These analyses have resulted in multiple peer-reviewed publications on topics such as:

  • summer habitat selection by the Teshekpuk Caribou Herd
  • quantifying the bias in survival and parturition rates from long telemetry collar deployments
  • assessing the change in calculated animal movement rates resulting from different frequencies between telemetry locations
  • herd movements and seasonal range use for the Teshekpuk Caribou Herd
  • using telemetry locations and subsistence hunting maps to assess the harvest of Caribou by herd
  • using GIS to create animations of animal telemetry locations
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