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Asian Great Bustards: From Conservation Biology to Sustainable Grassland Development


Abstract The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is an iconic species of the temperate grasslands of Europe and Asia, a habitat that is among the least protected ecosystems in the world. A distinct subspecies, the Asian Great Bustard (O. t. dybowskii), is poorly understood due to its wary nature and remote range in Siberia, Mongolia, and northern China. This subspecies is now endangered by rapid development.

Using satellite telemetry and remote sensing, I investigated three aspects of the Asian Great Bustard’s ecology critical to its conservation: migratory routes, migratory cues, and habitat use patterns. I found that Asian Great Bustards spent one-third of the year on a 2000 km migratory pathway, a distance twice as far as has previously been recorded fo... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Kessler, Aimee Elizabeth (Author) / Smith, Andrew T (Advisor) / Brown, David (Committee member) / Franklin, Janet (Committee member) / McGraw, Kevin (Committee member) / Wu, Jianguo (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Conservation biology / Wildlife conservation / Wildlife management / Central Asia / conservation / farmland birds / great bustard / Mongolia / telemetry
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 156 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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