Wildlife Monitoring & Research

Books, Publications and Reports(sorted by year and lead author)

Books (sorted by year and lead author)

Morrison, M.L., Block, W.M., Strickland, M.D., Collier, B.A., Peterson, M.J. 2008.

Wildlife study design. 2nd Ed. New York, NY: Springer.

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Morrison, M. L., W. M. Block, M. D. Strickland, and W. L. Kendall. 2001.

Wildlife Study Design. Springer-Verlag, New York.

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Publications (sorted by year and lead author)

Bay, K., Nasman, K., Erickson, W., Taylor, K. and Kosciuch, K. 2016.

Predicting eagle fatalities at wind facilities. The Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21086

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Merkle,Jerod A., Kevin L. Monteith, Ellen O. Aikens, Matthew M. Hayes, Kent R. Hersey, Arthur D. Middleton, Brendan A. Oates, Hall Sawyer, Brandon M. Scurlock, Matthew J. Kauffman. 2016.

Large herbivores surf waves of green-up during spring. Proc. R. Soc. B, 283: 20160456; doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0456.

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Nielson R.M., Murphy R.K., Millsap B.A., Howe W.H., Gardner G. 2016.

Modeling Late-Summer Distribution of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the Western United States. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0159271. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159271

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Sawyer, H., Rodgers, P. A. and Hart, T. 2016.

Pronghorn and mule deer use of underpasses and overpasses along U.S. Highway 191. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 40: 211–216. doi: 10.1002/wsb.650

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Tuma, M. W., Millington, C., Schumaker, N. and Burnett, P. 2016.

Modeling Agassiz’s desert tortoise population response to anthropogenic stressors. The Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.1044

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Coe, P. K., Nielson, R. M., Jackson, D. H., Cupples, J. B., Seidel, N. E., Johnson, B. K., Gregory, S. C., Bjornstrom, G. A., Larkins, A. N. and Speten, D. A. 2015.

Identifying migration corridors of mule deer threatened by highway development. Wildlife Society Bulletin. doi: 10.1002/wsb.544

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LeBeau, C. W., R. M. Nielson, E. C. Hallingstad, and D. P. Young, Jr. 2015.

Daytime Habitat Selection by Resident Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in Southern Idaho, U.S.A. Journal of Raptor Research 49(1): 29-42. doi: 10.3356/JRR-13-00052.1.

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Nagy, K. A., Hillard, L. S., Tuma, M. W., & Morafka, D. J. 2015.

Head-Started Desert Tortoises (GOPHERUS AGASSIZII): Movements, Survivorship and Mortality Causes Following Their Release. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 10(1), 203-215.

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Bromaghin, J.F., T.L. McDonald, I. Stirling, A.E. Derocher, E.S. Richardson, E.V. Regehr, D. C. Douglas, G. M. Durner, T. Atwood, and S.C. Amstrup 2014.

Polar bear population dynamics in the southern Beaufort Sea during a period of sea ice decline. Ecological Applications.

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Clement, M. J., Murray, K. L., Solick, D. I. and Gruver, J. C. 2014.

The effect of call libraries and acoustic filters on the identification of bat echolocation. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1201

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H. E. Copeland, H. Sawyer, K. L. Monteith, D. E. Naugle, A. Pocewicz, N. Graf, and M. J. Kauffman 2014.

Conserving migratory mule deer through the umbrella of sage-grouse. Ecosphere 5:art117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00186.1

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McDonald, L., Beauprez, G., Gardner, G., Griswold, J., Hagen, C., Hornsby, F., Klute, D., Kyle, S., Pitman, J., Rintz, T., Schoeling, D. and Van Pelt, B. 2014.

Range-wide population size of the lesser prairie-chicken: 2012 and 2013. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 38: 536–546. doi: 10.1002/wsb.417

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Nielson, R. M., Mcmanus, L., Rintz, T., Mcdonald, L. L., Murphy, R. K., Howe, W. H. and Good, R. E. 2014.

Monitoring abundance of golden eagles in the western United States. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 78: 721–730. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.704

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Wald, E. J. and R. M. Nielson. 2014.

Estimating Moose Abundance in Linear Subarctic Habitats in Low Snow Conditions with Distance Sampling and a Kernel Estimator. Alces 50: 133-158.

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Blackwell, S.B., C.S. Nations, T.L. McDonald, C.R. Greene Jr, A.M. Thode, M. Guerra, and A.M. Macrander. 2013.

Effects of airgun sounds on bowhead whale calling rates in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. Marine Mammal Science 29:E342-E365.

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Nielson, Ryan M., Evans, Thomas J., & Stahl, Michelle Bourassa. 2013.

Investigating the potential use of aerial line transect surveys for estimating polar bear abundance in sea ice habitats: A case study for the Chukchi Sea. Marine Mammal Science, 29(3), 389-406. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00574.x

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Sawyer, H., M.J. Kauffman, A.D. Middleton, T.A. Morrison, R.M. Nielson, and T.B Wykoff. 2013.

A framework for understanding semi-permeable barrier effects on migratory ungulates. Journal of Applied Ecology 50:68-78.

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Fedy, B.C., C. L. Aldridge, K. E. Doherty, M. O’Donnell, J.L. Beck, B. Bedrosian, M.J. Holloran, G.D. Johnson, N.W. Kaczor, C.P. Kirol, C.A. Mandich, D. Marshall, G. McKee, C. Olson, C.C. Swanson, and B.L. Walker. 2012.

Interseasonal movements of greater sage-grouse, migratory behavior, and an assessment of the core regions concept in Wyoming. Journal of Wildlife Management 76: 1062-1071.

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Sawyer, H., C. LeBeau, and T. Hart. 2012.

Mitigating roadway impacts to migratory mule deer – a case study with underpasses and continuous fencing. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:492-498.

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Thode, A.M., K.H. Kim, S.B. Blackwell, C.R. Greene, C.S. Nations, T.L. McDonald, and A.M. Macrander. 2012.

Automated detection and localization of bowhead whale sounds in the presence of seismic airgun surveys. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131:3726-3747.

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Sawyer, H. and M. Kauffman. 2011.

Stopover ecology of a migratory ungulate. Journal of Animal Ecology 80:1078-1087.

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Miller, R.F, S.T. Knick, D.A. Pyke, C.W. Meinke, S.E. Hanser, M.J. Wisdom, and A.L. Hild. 2010.

Characteristics of Sagebrush Habitats and Limitations to Long-Term Conservation. Chapter 11 in Studies in Avian Biology. No. 38. University of California, Berkeley.

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Wilk, R.J., M.G. Raphael, C.S. Nations, and J.D. Ricklefs. 2010.

Initial response of small ground-dwelling mammals to forest alternative buffers along headwater streams in the Washington Coast Range, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 260:1567-1578.

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Wisdom, M.J., C.W. Meinke, S.T. Knick, and M.A. Schroeder. 2010.

Factors Associated with Extirpation of Sage-grouse. Chapter 19 in Studies in Avian Biology No. 38. University of California, Berkeley.

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Meinke, C.W., S.T. Knick, and D.A. Pyke. 2009.

A spatial model to prioritize sagebrush landscapes in the Intermountain west (U.S.A.) for restoration. Restoration Ecology. Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 652–659.

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Nielson, R. M., B. F. J. Manly, L. L. McDonald, H. Sawyer, and T. L. McDonald. 2009.

Estimating habitat selection when GPS fix success is less than 100%. Ecology 90:2956-2962.

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Sawyer, H., M. J. Kauffman, R. M. Nielson, and J. S. Horne. 2009.

Identifying and prioritizing ungulate migration routes for landscape-level conservation. Ecological Applications 19:2016-2025.

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Sawyer, H., M. J. Kauffman, and R. M. Nielson. 2009.

Influence of well pad activity on the winter habitat selection patterns of mule deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 73: 1052-1061

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Suring, L.H., M.I. Goldstein, S.M. Howell, and C.S. Nations. 2008.

Response of the cover of berry-producing species to ecological factors on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38:1244–1259.

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Good, R. E., Nielson, R. M., Sawyer, H. and McDonald, L. L. 2007.

A Population Estimate for Golden Eagles in the Western United States. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 71: 395–402. doi: 10.2193/2005-593

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McDonald, L.L. et al. (15 coauthors). 2007.

Research, monitoring and evaluation of fish and wildlife restoration projects in the Columbia River Basin: Lessons learned and suggestions for large-scale monitoring programs. Feature Article in Fisheries 32: 582-590.

Sawyer, H., R. Nielson, F. Lindzey, R. Nielson, L. Keith, J. Powell, and A. Abraham. 2007.

Habitat selection of Rocky Mountain elk in a non-forested environment. Journal of Wildlife Management 71: 868-874

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Rowland, M.M., M.J.,Wisdom, L.H. Suring, and C.W. Meinke. 2006.

Greater sage-grouse as an umbrella species for sagebrush-associated vertebrates. Biological Conservation. 129(3) 323-335.

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Sawyer, H., R. Nielson, F. Lindzey, and L. McDonald. 2006.

Winter habitat selection of mule deer before and during development of a natural gas field. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:396-403

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Suring, L.H., M.I. Goldstein , S. Howell, and C.S. Nations. 2006.

Effects of spruce beetle infestations on berry productivity on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Forest Ecology and Management 227: 247-256.

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Williams, M.T., C.S. Nations, T.G. Smith, V.D. Moulton, and C.J. Perham. 2006.

Ringed seal (Phoca hispida) use of subnivean structures in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea during development of an oil production facility. Aquatic Mammals 32:311-324.

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Amstrup, S. C., G. M. Durner, I. Stirling, and T. L. McDonald. 2005.

Allocating harvests among polar bear stocks in the Beaufort Sea. Arctic 58:247-259

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Hebblewhite, M., E. H. Merrill, and T. L. McDonald. 2005.

Spatial decomposition of predation risk using resource selection functions: an example in a wolf-elk predator-prey system. Oikos 111:101-111

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Moulton, Valerie D., W. J. Richardson, R. E. Elliott, T. L. McDonald, C. Nations and M. T. Williams. 2005.

Effects of an Offshore Oil Development on Local Abundance and Distribution of Ringed Seals (Phoca hispida) of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. Marine Mammal Science 21(2):217-242

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Sawyer, H., F. Lindzey, and D. McWhirter.2005.

Mule deer and pronghorn migration in western Wyoming. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:1266-1273

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Suring, L.H., M.J. Wisdom, R.J. Tausch, R.F. Miller, M.M.Rowland, L. Schueck, and C.W. Meinke. 2005

Modeling threats to sagebrush and other shrubland communities. Habitat Threats in the Sagebrush Ecosystem, Chapter 4; Alliance Communications Group; pages 114-119, 2005.

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Wisdom, M.J., M.M Rowland, L.H. Suring, L. Schueck, C.W. Meinke, S.T. Knick, and B.C. Wales. 2005.

Regional assessments of habitats for species of conservation concern in the Great Basin In Wisdom, M.J., M.M. Rowland, and L.H. Suring, editors. Habitat Threats in the Sagebrush Ecosystem: Methods of Regional Assessment and Applications in the Great Basin. Alliance Communications Group. p. 205-231.

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Wisdom, M.J., M.M. Rowland, L.H. Suring, L. Schueck, C.W. Meinke, and S.T. Knick. 2005.

Evaluating species of conservation concern at regional scales. Habitat Threats in the Sagebrush Ecosystem, Chapter 1; Alliance Communications Group; pages 5-75, 2005.

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Amstrup, S. C., T. L. McDonald, and G. M. Durner. 2004.

Using satellite radiotelemetry data to delineate and manage wildlife populations. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:661-679

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Amstrup, S. C., G. York, T. L. McDonald, R. Nielson, and K. Simac. 2004.

Detecting denning polar bears with forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imagery. BioScience 54:337-344

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Meinke, C.W. Contributing author ch.s 1,2,5,6,7,&13 In Connelly, J.W., S.T. Knick, M.A. Schroeder, and S.J. Stiver. 2004.

Conservation assessment of greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitats. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Unpublished Report. Cheyenne, Wyoming. 610 pp.

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Moulton, Valerie D., W. J. Richardson, T. L. McDonald, R. E. Elliott, and M. T. Williams. 2002.

Factors influencing local abundance and haulout behaviour of ringed seals (Phoca hispida) on landfast ice of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. Canadian Journal of Zoology 80: 1900–1917

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Amstrup, S. C., T. L. McDonald, and I. Stirling. 2001.

Polar bears in the Beaufort Sea: a 30-year mark-recapture case history. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 6:221-234

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McDonald, T. L., and S. C. Amstrup. 2001.

Estimation of population size using open capture-recapture models. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 6:206-220

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Van Campen, H., J. Ridpath, E. Williams, J. Cavender, J. Edwards, S. Smith, and H. Sawyer. 2001.

Isolation of bovine viral diarrhea virus from a free-ranging mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 37:306-311

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Reports (sorted by year and lead author)

LeBeau, C., G. Johnson, M. Holloran, J. Beck, R. Nielson, M. Kauffman, E. Rodemaker, and T. McDonald. 2016.

Effects of a Wind Energy Development on Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Selection and Population Demographics in Southeastern Wyoming. Prepared for: National Wind Coordination Collaborative, Washington, DC. Prepared by: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., Cheyenne, WY. January 2016.

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McDonald, L., K. Nasman, T. Rintz, F. Hornsby, and G. Gardner. 2016.

Range-wide Population size of the Lesser Prairie-chicken: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,and 2016. Prepared for Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Technical report, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., 200 South 2nd Street, Suite B, Laramie, WY, 82070.

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Nielson, R. M., G. T. DiDonato, and L. L. McDonald. 2016.

A survey of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the western U.S.: 2006–2015. Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA.

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McDonald, L., J. Mitchell, S. Howlin, and C. Goodman. 2015.

Range-Wide Monitoring of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs in the United States: Pilot Study. Prepared for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), c/o B. Van Pelt, WAFWA Grassland Coordinator, Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), Phoenix, Arizona. Prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), Laramie, Wyoming. December 30, 2015.

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McDonald, L., K. Adachi, T. Rintz, and G. Gardner. 2015.

Abundance of Greater Prairie-Chicken in Kansas and Oklahoma, 2015. Prepared for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). Prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), Laramie, Wyoming. August 5, 2015.

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Nielson, R. M., G. Didonato, L. McManus and L.L. McDonald. 2015.

A survey of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the western U.S.: Mid-winter 2015. Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc, Cheyenne, Wyoming.USA.

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LeBeau C., J. Fruhwirth and J. Boehrs. 2014.

Analysis of the Overlap between Priority Greater Sage-Grouse Habitats and Existing and Potential Energy Development Across the West. Final Report:October 16 2014. Prepared for Western Values Project, Bozeman, Montana.Prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Nielson, R. M., and L. McManus. 2014.

A survey of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the western U.S.: Mid-winter 2014. Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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McDonald, L., J. Griswold, T. Rintz, G. Gardner. 2013.

Range-wide Population size of the Lesser Prairie-chicken: 2012 and 2013. Technical report, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., 200 South 2nd Street, Suite B, Laramie, WY, 82070.

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*McDonald, L.L., C.D. Vojta, and K.S. McKelvey. 2013.

Data Analysis. Chapter 8 in A technical guide for monitoring wildlife habitat. M. M. Rowland and C. D. Vojta (Eds). Tech. Rep. WO-89. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 16 pages.

Nielson, R. M., L. McManus, T. Rintz, and L. L. McDonald. 2013.

A survey of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the western U.S.: 2013 Annual Report. A report for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. WEST, Inc., Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Johnson, G.D., C.W. LeBeau, R. Nielson, T. Rintz, J. Eddy, and M. Holloran. 2012.

Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Use and Population Demographics at the Simpson Ridge Wind Resource Area, Carbon County, Wyoming. Final Report: April 2009 – March 2011. Prepared for EDP Renewables, Houston, Texas, and US Department of Energy, Golden, Colorado. Prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Wyoming Wildlife Consultants, LLC, Pinedale, Wyoming. April 17, 2012.

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LeBeau, C. 2012.

Evaluation of greater sage-grouse reproductive habitat and the response to wind energy development in south-central, Wyoming. Thesis, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA.

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McDonald, L.L., Stanley, T.R., Otis, D.L., Biggins, D.E., Stevens, P.D., Koprowski, J.L., and Ballard, W. 2011.

Recommended methods for range-wide monitoring of prairie dogs in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5063, 36 p.

Stirling, I., T. L. McDonald, E. S. Richardson, and E. V. Regehr. 2008.

Polar Bear Population Status in the Northern Beaufort Sea, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 1-33

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Durner, George M., D. C.Douglas, R. M.Nielson, S. C. Amstrup, T. L. McDonald. 2007.

Predicting the Future Distribution of Polar Bear Habitat in the Polar Basin from Resource Selection Functions Applied to 21st Century General Circulation Model Projections of Sea Ice. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 1-55

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Obbard, M. E., T. L. McDonald, E. J. Howe, E. V. Regehr, and E. S.Richardson. 2007.

Polar Bear Population Status in Southern Hudson Bay, Canada, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 1-36

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Good, R. E., D. P. Young, and J. P. Eddy. 2002.

Distribution of Mountain Plovers in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Solicitation No. KAQ001005. Final report. Prepared for the Bureau of Land Management, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.(WEST), Cheyenne, Wyoming. February 22, 2002.

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Young, D. and R. Good. 2000.

Mountain Plover Surveys. Laramie, Carbon, Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming. Prepared for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.(WEST), Cheyenne, Wyoming. September 25, 2000.

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