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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 30, No. 5, 2009, pp. 578-584
Bioline Code: zr09089
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2009, pp. 578-584

 en Simulation of Population Dynamics of Bar-headed Geese ( Anser indicus check for this species in other resources ) Around Qinghai Lake Region and Trend Analysis
Zhang, Yao-nan; Hao, Mei-yu; Lei, Fu-ming; Xing, Zhi; Hou, Yuan-sheng & Luo, Ze

Abstract

Bar-headed geese ( Anser indicus check for this species in other resources ) is an important migratory goose species group in the Qinghai lake region. Population dynamics of the group provides the foundation data of decision-making in Bar-headed geese protection in Qinghai lake National Nature Reserve. A bar-headed goose population dynamics model was constructed in Qinghai lake region regarding the dynamics with STELLA graphical modeling software. Parameters included in the model described mating, egg deposition, hatching, brood-rearing, immigration, emigration and mortality based on long term observation data. In running simulation models, we use one year as unit and 1/7 as a time step in accordance of the periodic time bar-headed geese stay in Qinghai lake. The next 25 years simulated population change results showed that the trend of the maximum bar-headed goose population will vary around 20 thousand in Qinghai lake region. Meanwhile, the population was simulated assuming calamity strikes in 2010. The model and simulated results of the bar-headed goose population are reliable according to calibrated results using observed data from 2006 to 2008, and the method of modeling bar-headed goose population provides some reference to further research on other birds in Qinghai lake region. Finally, suggestions of protection for the bar-headed goose have been proposed based on above results.

Keywords
Bar-headed goose; Qinghai lake area; Populations; Simulation model

 
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