San Diego Management & Monitoring Program


Vertebrate Species
Site Occupancy, Nesting Success, Movement Behavior, and Genetic Structure of Golden Eagles in Western San Diego County, California - Year 2

In Progress

Project description

This is the second year of a 5-Year Study. The objectives this year are to: 1. Establish a site-occupancy monitoring program to assess the potential effects of human land use on occupancy dynamics and nesting success of golden eagles. 2. Use GPS biotelemetry data to develop models for golden eagle movement behavior and resource use in three spatial dimensions. 3. Collect genetic samples and analyze genetic differentiation and diversity of golden eagles in San Diego County relative to other sampled regions of western North America.


Project protocol

Name: No protocol available at this time


Project location

County: Baja California, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego

General: Central-central, Central-east, Central-west, North-central, North-east, North-west, South-central, South-east, South-west

MU: 10, 11, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9


Project spatial boundary

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Project focus

Project type: Monitoring

Target species: Golden eagle


Implementing entities

Main implementing entity: U.S. Geological Survey

Point of contact: Robert N. Fisher

Principal investigator: Robert N. Fisher; Teresa Brennan; Escondido Creek Conservancy

SDMMP lead: Kris Preston

Study lead: Jeff Tracey


Project funding agreements

Funding participants
Role Participants
funding source Environmental Mitigation Program

Strategic elements

Budget year: FY15-16 Work plan objectives number: 1.2