Dataset from: Are we telling the same story? Comparing inferences made from camera trap and telemetry data for wildlife monitoring
Bassing, Sarah et al. (2022), Dataset from: Are we telling the same story? Comparing inferences made from camera trap and telemetry data for wildlife monitoring, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.g4f4qrfsv
Estimating habitat and spatial associations for wildlife is common across ecological studies, and it is well known that individual traits can drive population dynamics and vice versa. Thus, it is commonly assumed that individual- and population-level data should represent the same underlying processes, but few studies have directly compared contemporaneous data representing these different perspectives. We evaluated the circumstances under which data collected from Lagrangian (individual-level) and Eulerian (population-level) perspectives could yield comparable inferences in an effort to understand how scalable information is from the individual to the population. We used Global Positioning System (GPS) collar (Lagrangian) and camera trap (Eularian) data for seven species collected simultaneously in eastern Washington (2018 – 2020) to compare inferences made from different survey perspectives. We fit the respective data streams to resource selection functions (RSFs) and occupancy models and compared estimated habitat- and space-use patterns for each species. Although previous studies have considered whether individual- and population-level data generated comparable information, ours is the first to make this comparison for multiple species simultaneously and to specifically ask whether inferences from the two perspectives differ depending on the focal species. We found general agreement between the predicted spatial distributions for most paired analyses, though specific habitat relationships differed. We hypothesized the discrepancies arose due to differences in statistical power associated with camera and GPS-collar sampling, as well as spatial mismatches in the data. Our research suggests data collected from individual-based sampling methods can capture coarse population-wide patterns for a diversity of species, but results differ when interpreting specific wildlife-habitat relationships.
Data was collected using camera traps and GPS collars. Detailed methods described in Bassing, S. B., M. Devivo, T. R. Ganz, B. N. Kertson, L. R. Prugh, T. Roussin, L. Satterfield, R. M. Windell, A. J. Wirsing, and B. Gardner. 2022. Are we telling the same story? Comparing inferences made from camera trap and telemetry data for wildlife monitoring. Ecological Applications.
Use Program R to review and manipulate data in conjunction with code permanently archived with Zenodo https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6886515.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
National Science Foundation, Award: DEB-1652420
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, Award: F16AF00910