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A preliminary report of ongoing research of the ecology of Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) in Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic – I: GPS tracking of breeding adults

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Satgé, Y.G., E. Rupp, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2019. A preliminary report of ongoing research of the ecology of Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) in Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic – I: GPS tracking of breeding adults. Unpublished Report, South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA. DOI: 10.5066/P9UHASY4

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In the spring of 2018, we studied the foraging ecology of the Black-capped Petrel. The goal of this project was to gather fine-scale data on individual movements of Black-capped Petrels breeding in the Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic. Our objective was to use GPS tracking devices to identify the foraging behavior and the locations and environmental characteristics of foraging areas of breeding Black-capped Petrels in the Caribbean Sea. We provide results from the deployment of nine remote-download GPS loggers on breeding Black-capped Petrels from Sierra de Bahoruco during April 2018.

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The Black-capped Petrel (also known regionally as Diablotin) is a gadfly petrel endemic to the Caribbean. Population estimates based on at-sea observations range from 2,000 to 4,000 individuals, with a fragmented breeding population estimated at 500 to 1,000 pairs. At sea, the expansive marine range of the species exposes it to many conservation threats including fisheries activity, offshore energy development, marine pollution including mercury bio-accumulation, and climate change. Such disturbances at sea have been under-studied although they are likely to impact the survival of the species.

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The South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is jointly supported by the US Geological Survey, South Carolina DNR and Clemson University. Any use of trade, firm or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the US Government.

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