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Title: Home in the heat: Dramatic seasonal variation in home range of desert golden eagles informs management for renewable energy development
Type: JournalArticle
Year: 2015
Journal Name: Biological Conservation
Volume: 186
Pages: 225-232
Catalog Number: 60522


Braham, Melissa E.
Miller, Tricia A.
Duerr, A
Lanzone, M
Fesnock, Amy
Lapre, Larry
Driscoll, Daniel
Katzner, Todd E.


Tracking Golden Eagles in a Renewable Energy Development Area

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan - or DRECP - is being developed for deserts in southern California to protect species like the golden eagle while allowing for growing renewable energy development. To understand how golden eagles may be impacted by renewable energy projects, researchers used global positioning system-global system for mobile communications - or GPS-GSM - telemetry to measure year-round golden eagle movements. They found that eagle home ranges were the smallest from November to January, averaging 47.1 square kilometers, coinciding with initiation of the eagles’ breeding cycle. The monthly average home range was as large as 750.1 square kilometers in March. The eagles also favored higher elevations and forested habitats during the hotter months of May to August. Results could inform DRECP managers about where and when eagles would be most at risk from disturbances associated with renewable energy structures. A USGS regional news release describing this paper was published on April 8, 2015.

Full Citation

Braham, M.E., Miller, T.A., Duerr, A., Lanzone, M., Fesnock, A., Lapre, L., Driscoll, D., Katzner, T.E., 2015, Home in the heat- Dramatic seasonal variation in home range of desert golden eagles informs management for renewable energy development: Biological Conservation, v. 186, p. 225-232,

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