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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ........................................................................................................... iii
LIST OF TABLES ........................................................................................................................ vii
LIST OF FIGURES ..................................................................................................................... viii
ABSTRACT .................................................................................................................................... x
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION ............................................................................... 1
1.1 INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................ 1
1.2 LITERATURE CITED ......................................................................................................... 4
CHAPTER 2. HISTORY AND NESTING POPULATION OF BALD EAGLES IN
LOUISIANA ................................................................................................................................... 8
2.1 INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................ 8
2.2 METHODS ........................................................................................................................... 9
2.2.1 Statistical Analysis ....................................................................................................... 10
2.3 RESULTS ........................................................................................................................... 12
2.4 DISCUSSION ..................................................................................................................... 15
2.5 LITERATURE CITED ....................................................................................................... 20
CHAPTER 3. FACTORS AFFECTING LANDSCAPE LEVEL NEST SITE SELECTION AND
SUCCESS OF LOUISIANA BALD EAGLES ............................................................................ 24
3.1 INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................. 24
3.2 STUDY AREA ................................................................................................................... 25
3.3 METHODS ......................................................................................................................... 27
3.3.1 Nest Site Selection ....................................................................................................... 27
3.3.2 Nest Success ................................................................................................................. 35
3.3.3 Statistical Analysis ....................................................................................................... 37
3.4 RESULTS ........................................................................................................................... 38
3.4.1 Nest Site Selection ....................................................................................................... 40
3.4.2 Nest Success ................................................................................................................. 43
3.5 DISCUSSION ..................................................................................................................... 45
3.5.1 Nest Site Selection ....................................................................................................... 45
3.5.2 Nest Success ................................................................................................................. 48
3.6 LITERATURE CITED ....................................................................................................... 49
CHAPTER 4. MIGRATORY ROUTES, STOPOVER SITES AND MIGRATION
CHRONOLOGY OF LOUISIANA BALD EAGLES ................................................................. 53
4.1 INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................. 53
4.2 STUDY AREA ................................................................................................................... 55
4.3 METHODS ......................................................................................................................... 56
4.3.1 Trapping and Marking ................................................................................................. 56
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