Retention of riveted aluminum leg bands by wild Turkeys

Duane R Diefenbach, Wendy C. Vreeland, Mary Jo Casalena, Michael V. Schiavone

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In order for mark–recapture models to provide unbiased estimates of population parameters, it is critical that uniquely identifying tags or marks are not lost. We double-banded male and female wild turkeys with aluminum rivet bands and estimated the probability that a bird would be recovered with both bands < 1–225 wk since banding (mean = 51.2 wk, SD = 44.0). We found that 100% of females (n = 37) were recovered with both bands. For males, we recovered 6 of 188 turkeys missing a rivet band for a retention probability of 0.984 (95% CI = 0.96–0.99). If male turkeys are doublebanded with rivet bands the probability of recovering a turkey without any marks is < 0.001. We failed to detect a change in band retention over time or differences between adults and juveniles. Given the low cost and high retention rates of rivet aluminum bands, we believe they are an effective marking technique for wild turkeys and, for most studies, will minimize any concern about the assumption that marks are not lost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1944-687X
Pages (from-to)162-164
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Fish and Wildlife Management
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Diefenbach, D. R., Vreeland, W. C., Casalena, M. J., & Schiavone, M. V. (2016). Retention of riveted aluminum leg bands by wild Turkeys. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 7(1), 162-164. [e1944-687X]. https://doi.org/10.3996/072015-JFWM-064
Diefenbach, Duane R ; Vreeland, Wendy C. ; Casalena, Mary Jo ; Schiavone, Michael V. / Retention of riveted aluminum leg bands by wild Turkeys. In: Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 2016 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 162-164.
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Diefenbach, DR, Vreeland, WC, Casalena, MJ & Schiavone, MV 2016, 'Retention of riveted aluminum leg bands by wild Turkeys', Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, vol. 7, no. 1, e1944-687X, pp. 162-164. https://doi.org/10.3996/072015-JFWM-064

Retention of riveted aluminum leg bands by wild Turkeys. / Diefenbach, Duane R; Vreeland, Wendy C.; Casalena, Mary Jo; Schiavone, Michael V.

In: Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, e1944-687X, 01.06.2016, p. 162-164.

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Diefenbach DR, Vreeland WC, Casalena MJ, Schiavone MV. Retention of riveted aluminum leg bands by wild Turkeys. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 2016 Jun 1;7(1):162-164. e1944-687X. https://doi.org/10.3996/072015-JFWM-064