Jay D. Hair

Wildlife Research Challenges Of The 80'S: Focus On The Southeast

An overview of the wildlife technical papers published in the proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies during the period 1971 through 1980 was presented. Over 64 percent (N =404) of the papers dealt with game animals while only 13 percent considered nonharvested species. In terms of subject matter, 48 percent of the papers dealt with species ecology with greater emphasis on aspects of status, habitat utilization and food habits than on characteristics of populations, physiology or behavior. Factors limiting the productivity, effectiveness, and application...

Year
1980

Analysis Of Wood Duck Roost Counts In Northwest South Carolina

Peak numbers of wood ducks (Aix spo/1sa) occurred in the piedmont region of South Carolina in mid-November. During this period of time, 85% of the birds entered a beaver pond roost as flocks (2 or more birds). Significant correlations between numbers of birds observed at equivalent light intensities were used to indicate primary diel habitats for the local wood duck population. A trend in increased flight activity at lower light intensities (foot candles) was observed from September through November. Eight-seven percent of the wood ducks departed from the roost site before official sunrise...

Year
1979

Wood Duck Brood Mobility And Utilization Of Beaver Pond Habitats

During 1975·1976, 9 wood duck (Aix sponsa) hens with broods were tracked via radio telemetry on beaver (Castor canadensis) pond habitats in the piedmont region of South Carolina. The mobility of all broods was greatest during the first week of rearing, and decreased thereafter. The size of the area utilized was also greatest during week I and with the exception of 2 broods, decreased in subsequent weeks. Cumulative home range size stabilized for 3 broods during the third and fourth week, whereas for others, it increased throughout the rearing period. Total home range size varied greatly...

Year
1977

Winter Foraging Behavior And Aggression Of Diving Ducks In South Carolina

The diving times, diving distances, foraging rates, intraspecific and interspecific interactions between canvasbacks (Aythya valisineria), ring-necked ducks (A. co-Uaris) , lesser scaup (A. affinis) and redheads (A. americana) were studied on coastal winter habitats in South Carolina. Diving times, distances and foraging rates varied between habitats of different water depths and between species, but with few exceptions not between sexes. Canvasbacks were the dominant birds and actively defended foraging sites against other birds, particularly ringnecks. During late winter when food...

Year
1977