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Piping plover adult and natal dispersal distances in the Northern Great Plains, USA 2014-2019


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Swift, R.J., Anteau, M.J., Ellis, K.S., Ring, M.M., Sherfy, M.H., Toy, D.L., and Koons, D.N., 2020, Spatial variation in population dynamics of Northern Great Plains piping plovers, 2014–2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


We present two tabular data sets representing values to examine sources of variation in natal and breeding dispersal distances for piping plovers breeding in the Northern Great Plains from 2014-2019 focusing on four study areas: U.S. Alkali Wetlands, Lake Sakakawea, Garrison Reach of the Missouri River, and Lake Oahe. We included habitat variables, and conspecific densities in both datasets and include nest fates and mate fidelity in the breeding dispersal dataset.


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Based on previous studies, managers assumed a metapopulation structure consisting of four breeding groups with low, balanced dispersal for the federally listed Northern Great Plains piping plover (Charadrius melodus), which resulted in low extinction risk in a simulation-based viability study (McGowan et al. 2014). Data were obtained to examine dispersal distances among two of the four breeding groups listed in the McGowan study (U.S. Alkali Wetlands and Northern Missouri River) as part of an overall assessment of the connectivity and movement rates of Northern Great Plains piping plovers. McGowan, C.P., Catlin, D.H., Shaffer, T.L., Gratto-Trevor, C.L., and Aron, C., 2014, Establishing endangered species recovery criteria using predictive simulation modeling: Biological Conservation, v. 177, p. 220–229.

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