A paper about spatial ecology of endangered scavengers. In this case the paper is focused on the Egyptian vulture.
The paper describes the home range and ranging behavior of six adults tracked by satellite telemetry in Spain during the breeding season, from 2007 to 2012. The main goals of this study were to:
1. evaluate and quantify Egyptian vultures’ home range size during the breeding season;
2. investigate the relationship between space use and external factors (i.e. environmental variables) across years and within the breeding season, with particular emphasis on how food availability, and especially, how anthropogenic predictable sources of food are determinants of space use and shape the home range;
3. analyse the degree of repeatability (i.e. site fidelity) in the patterns of space use of individuals, both between years and within the breeding season; and finally
4. derive management recommendations for environmental assessments, for the management of anthropogenic food subsidies, and ultimately, for conservation plans of scavengers species.
The paper is still in press. For this reason we send attached the pre-print version of the manuscript available at: MS Egyptian vulture_pre_print.pdf