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Open-File Report 2015–1035

Prepared for Commander, Navy Region Southwest

Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) 5-Year Summary, Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, Southwestern San Diego County, California, 2009–13

By Suellen Lynn, Melanie Madden, Alex Houston, and Barbara E. Kus

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During 2009–13, a Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding station was operated at the Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF), Imperial Beach, in southwestern San Diego County, California. The station was established as part of a long-term monitoring program of Neotropical migratory bird populations on NOLF and helps Naval Base Coronado (NOLF is a component) meet the goals and objectives of Department of Defense Partners in Flight program and the Birds and Migratory Birds Management Strategies of the Naval Base Coronado Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan. During 2009–13, captures averaged 644 ±155 per year. Fifty-seven species were captured, of which 44 are Neotropical migratory species and 33 breed at the MAPS station. Twenty-two sensitive species were detected, including Least Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii), Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) and Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia). Local population trends varied among species and years, as did annual productivity (number of young per adult). We found no significant relationship between productivity and the observed population size in the subsequent year for any species, nor did we find an association between productivity and precipitation for the current bio-year. Similarly, survivorship varied across species and years, and there was no obvious relationship between adult survivorship and observed population size for any species except Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata), for which the relationship was positive. Adult survivorship was unrelated to precipitation at the MAPS station. Additional years of data will be required to generate sample sizes adequate for more rigorous analyses of survivorship and productivity as predictors of population growth.

First posted March 16, 2015

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Suggested citation:

Lynn, Suellen, Madden, Melanie, Houston, Alex, and Kus, B.E., 2015, Monitoring avian productivity and survivorship (MAPS) 5-year summary, Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, southwestern San Diego County, California, 2009–13: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1035, 58 p.,

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)


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References Cited

Appendix A. Alpha Codes, Common Names, and Scientific Names for Species Captured and Observed, Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, Southwestern San Diego County, California, 2009–13

Appendix B. Tables and Additional Figures, Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, Southwestern San Diego County, California, 2009–13

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