The History and Range Expansion of Peregrine Falcons in the Thule Area, Northwest Greenland

Kurt K. Burnham with William A. Burnham, Ian Newton, Jeff A. Johnson, and Andrew G. Gosler

Kurt K. Burnham with William A. Burnham, Ian Newton, Jeff A. Johnson, and Andrew G. Gosler

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

106 pages | 1 color plate, 6 maps, 21 tables, 10 graphs | 7 5/8 x 10 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9788763539005 Published April 2013 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

This book covers the discovery and history of the northernmost breeding population of peregrine falcons in the world, located near the Thule Air Base in northwest Greenland. Drawing on thirteen years of research, the authors present a comprehensive set of findings on the biology and ecology of this remarkable population and provide critical evidence and documentation of the ways climate change is enabling profoundly new ranges for migratory populations.

Contents
Introduction
    Climate change
    Peregrine Falcons
Study areas
Methods
    Survey, capture, and breeding biology
    Nest site characteristics
    Morphometrics
    Genetics
        Tissue collection and DNA extractions
        Genotyping, sequencing, and statistical analysis
    Satellite-received telemetry
        Transmitters
        Statistical analysis
    Climatic trends
        Data collection
        Statistical analysis
Results
    Surveys and breeding biology
        Local hunters
        Literature review
        Current surveys
    Prey
    Nest site characteristics
    Morphometrics
    Genetics
        Genetic diversity
        Population structure: F statistics, assignment test, and haplotype network
    Satellite-received telemetry
        Transmitters: number deployed, longevity, and location classes
        Breeding home range
    Outward migration
        Winter range
        Return migration
    Climatic trends
Discussion
    DDT/DDE impacts
    Density
    Nest site characteristics
    Carrying capacity
    Range expansion
    Latitudinal summary of breeding
    Home range size
    Timing of breeding and migration
    Weather impacts
    Ecological impacts of climate change
Conclusion

Acknowledgments
References
Appendices A–F
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