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1 October 2015 An Unexpected Journey: Greater Prairie-chicken Travels Nearly 4000 km after Translocation to Iowa
Jennifer A. Vogel
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After translocation a female greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) traveled over 3988 km between 5 April 2013 and 20 June 2014. The bird traveled a mean distance of 21.5 km per day during the spring (median distance per day 22.2 km; range 0–115 km per day) moving through portions of four states. Nine other marked birds traveled a mean distance of 336 km and a mean distance per day of 7.5 km during the spring (median distance per day 4.6 km; range 0–92 km per day). This is the first record of movements of this magnitude by a greater prairie-chicken. This report highlights the use of recent advances in satellite/GPS telemetry methods for advancing our knowledge of wildlife movements.

© 2015 American Midland Naturalist
Jennifer A. Vogel "An Unexpected Journey: Greater Prairie-chicken Travels Nearly 4000 km after Translocation to Iowa," The American Midland Naturalist 174(2), 343-349, (1 October 2015). https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031-174.2.343
Received: 21 November 2014; Accepted: 1 June 2015; Published: 1 October 2015
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