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Spatial and temporal patterns in age structure of Golden Eagles wintering in eastern North America

Published on Mar 1, 2020in Journal of Field Ornithology1.846
· DOI :10.1111/JOFO.12325
Macy Kenney (UW: University of Wyoming), James R. Belthoff19
Estimated H-index: 19
(BSU: Boise State University)
+ 2 AuthorsTodd E. Katzner25
Estimated H-index: 25
(USGS: United States Geological Survey)
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