Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (1.1 MB bytes)

Title: Evaluation of resource selection methods with different definitions of availability

Author: McClean, Seth A.; Rumble, Mark A.; King, Rudy M.; Baker, William L.;

Date: 1998

Source: Journal of wildlife management. 62(2): 793-801

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Because resource selection is of paramount importance to ecology and management of any species, we compared 6 statistical methods of analyzing resource selection data, given the known biological requirements of radiomarked Merriam’s wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo merriami) hens with poults in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A single variable, habitat, was used for the comparisons. Hen turkeys with poults are ideal for these comparisons because poults have narrow dietary protein requirements, and habitats that meet these requirements are well documented. We also tested the effects on the statistical methods of varying the habitats considered as available. Availability of habitats was defined by 100-, 200-, and 400-m-radii buffers around individual poult locations and also as the total study area. The 6 statistical techniques gave different results because of how the methods addressed variability in habitat use of individual birds and how availability was defined. These differences made identification of a “best” technique difficult. Only 1 method (Neu’s) identified habitat selection patterns consistent with known requirements of poults at all levels of habitat availability. However, defining availability at the study-area level was generally superior to use of circular buffers. We recommend that during analyses of resource selection researchers include the study-area level of habitat availability based on the distribution of radio marked animals.

Keywords: Meleagris gallopavo merriami, Merriam’s turkeys, availability, poults, resource selection analysis

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)



McClean, Seth A.; Rumble, Mark A.; King, Rudy M.; Baker, William L. 1998. Evaluation of resource selection methods with different definitions of availability. Journal of wildlife management. 62(2): 793-801


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.