Ruffed Grouse Resource Selection Function and Survival Datasets

Amy Shipley
For overwintering species, individuals’ ability to find refugia from inclement weather and predators likely confers strong fitness benefits. How animals use their environment can be mediated by their personality (e.g., risk-taking), but does personality mediate how overwintering species select refugia? Snow cover is a dynamic winter characteristic that can influence crypsis or provide below-the-snow refugia. We explored how wintering ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) selected snow roosting sites, a behavior that reduces stress and cold exposure....
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