The Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) population has declined 69% since 1970. In 2018, we characterized the wintering habitat of whip-poor-wills by placing GPS data loggers on 21 males in Massachusetts and recaptured 12 in summer 2019. GPS tags collected both migration and wintering locations. We compared habitat in actual locations versus random locations by quantifying land cover from aerial photos at three spatial scales: the territory, 2 km, and 5-km scales. Habitat differences were apparent, with less agriculture and more forest in actual than random locations at the 2 km scale. As ecological information is lacking for this species, results from this study will support the development of full annual-cycle conservation efforts.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Biology and Biotechnology
Major Qualifying Project
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