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Spatially Predictive Habitat Modeling of a White Stork (Ciconia Ciconia) Population in Former East Prussia in 1939

TitleSpatially Predictive Habitat Modeling of a White Stork (Ciconia Ciconia) Population in Former East Prussia in 1939
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsWickert, C, Wallschlager, D, Huettmann, F
JournalOpen Ornithological Journal
Volume3
Pagination1–12
Abstract

Historic information is often crucial for assessing changes and drivers for wildlife and habitat changes althoughit is often plagued with statistically poor quality. Here we developed three habitat models on two different scales for 1939for the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) in the region of former East Prussia. We used a geographical information system anda statistical modeling algorithm that comes from the disciplines of machine-learning and data mining (TreeNet). The occurrenceof white stork nesting grounds is mainly defined by the variables ‘distance to forest’, ‘distance to/density of settlement’,‘distance to pasture’ and ‘distance to coastline’. The models present for the first time a quantitative predictivedistribution estimate for East Prussia. They are a sound foundation but could be further improved by more data regardingthe structure of the habitat and more exact spatially explicit information on the location of white stork nesting sites.

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