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Movement and Resource Selection of Baird's Pocket Gopher within a Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
- Wagner, Robert O., Connior, Matthew B., Melder, Christopher A., Cooper, Brett S., Hightower, Dwayne, Pearce, Sarah
- Southeastern naturalist 2017 v.16 no.3 pp. 397-410
- Geomys, Picoides borealis, Pinus palustris, basal area, burrows, ecosystems, forbs, gophers, guidelines, home range, radio frequency identification, savannas, stems, woodpeckers, Louisiana
- Our objectives were to describe movement patterns and resource selection of Geomys breviceps (Baird's Pocket Gopher) within a Pinus palustris (Longleaf Pine) savannah ecosystem in west-central Louisiana. Radio-tagged Baird's Pocket Gophers exhibited high fidelity to burrow systems with a median interlocation distance of 0 m and median minimumconvex-polygon home range of 353 m². The resource selection function (RSF) predicted increasing relative likelihood of Baird's Pocket Gopher use with increasing forb cover and decreasing use with increasing cover by pine stems <25 cm in diameter and increasing midstory pine basal area. The RSF supports continued application of Picoides borealis (Red-cockaded Woodpecker) recovery guidelines to benefit Baird's Pocket Gophers.