Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Arthur E. Smith, John R. Cary, Department of Wildlife Ecology, 1630 Linden Drive, Room 226, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1598 USA, and Donald H. Rusch, Wisconsin Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, 1630 Linden Drive, Room 226, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1598 USA
Since the mid 1960's, with the first applications of radio-telemetry technology to wildlife, biologists have struggled with management, analysis, and display of the resultant information. For over 30 years we have had to make do with home-built, roll-your-own programs with uneven properties and mixed results. The mid 1980's saw the beginnings of commercial GIS technology, but this technology was only marginally useful for wildlife telemetry data. Now we have a state-of-the-art analysis and visualization tool, ESRI's ArcView Spatial Analyst. We will demonstrate how this package may be used to perform home range analysis, home range overlap, home range attributes, and use-availability analysis.