Analysis of turkey vulture diet from pellets collected in Richmond, Indiana : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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dc.contributor.advisor Islam, Kamal en_US Van Sant, Matthew en_US 2011-06-06T19:28:58Z 2011-06-06T19:28:58Z 2002 en_US 2002
dc.identifier.other A-265 en_US
dc.description.abstract Although research on the eating habits and food preferences of Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) have been undertaken in other areas such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, little research has been conducted on the diet of Turkey Vultures in Indiana. A bird's feeding habits can vary across its range so it is important to determine the preferences of Turkey Vultures in Indiana. I analyzed 329 Turkey Vulture pellets that were collected weekly from 1994-1996 from the same roost site near Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana. Dr. Neil Sabine, Indiana University East, collected the pellets and analyzed them. Dr. Sabine gave me a subset of his sample to analyze and to verify the accuracy of the methodology employed in his analysis without knowing his results. The objective of my study was to determine if there was a shift in the vultures' diet over time, specifically with regard to mammalian species consumed. Guard hairs found in the pellets were analyzed using macroscopic and microscopic techniques to determine mammalian species consumed by Turkey Vultures. Chi-squared test of homogeneity was used to determine if there was a significant difference between the proportions of raccoon (Procyon lotor), opossum (Didelphis virginiana), and other mammals consumed among years (1994, 1995, and 1996). My results indicted no significant differences in the proportions of mammals consumed from 1994-1996 (p < 0.3).
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 12 leaves ; 29 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Biology. en_US
dc.title Analysis of turkey vulture diet from pellets collected in Richmond, Indiana : an honors thesis (HONRS 499) en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis Thesis (B.S.)
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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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