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Sandhill Cranes and Waterfowl of the North Platte River Valley: Evaluation of Habitat Selection to Guide Conservation Delivery

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Creation
2013-10-28 21:42:00
Last Update
2017-04-21 15:14:34
Start Date
2013-12-01
End Date
2015-12-31
Start Date
2013-01-01 06:00:00
End Date
2015-12-31 06:00:00

Citation

John Denton(Principal Investigator), Aaron Pearse(Author), Dana Varner(Author), Rob Spangler(Author), Jonas Davis(Author), Kirk Schroeder(Author), Mark Vrtiska(Author), Emily Munter(Author), Heather Johnson(Author), Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), 2013-10-28(creation), 2017-04-21(lastUpdate), 2013-12-01(Start), 2015-12-31(End), Sandhill Cranes and Waterfowl of the North Platte River Valley: Evaluation of Habitat Selection to Guide Conservation Delivery

Summary

While habitat selection and population estimates are well documented for spring migrating birds in the central Platte River system, little information or monitoring efforts on the North Platte River exist, particularly for the multiple priority bird species known to be present. Most conservation partners deliver habitat programs in the region with limited information and a lack of a landscape prioritization tools. In order for conservation delivery to be more effective and efficient in utilizing limited funds, a decision support tool is critical so that priority species habitat needs are being addressed through appropriate restoration/management strategies in the correct geography at multiple scales. We propose to identify and address [...]

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Purpose

This project will identify and address key uncertainties related to the ecological requirements of sandhill cranes and waterfowl on the North Platte River that can ultimately be implemented as a decision support tool directing "on-the-ground" habitat delivery strategies. Anticipated outcomes will include surveys documenting population estimates and locations; vegetation and wetland mapping; and a compilation of additional ecological habitat covariates that will be implemented into habitat suitability models for sandhill cranes and waterfowl.

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projectProducts
productDescriptionWaterfowl and Sandhill Crane survey collections and habitat use models. Project report or publication with management recommendations.
statusExpected
projectStatusCompleted

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annualBudgets
year2013
fundingSources
amount85000.0
recipientDucks Unlimited
sourceU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
totalFunds85000.0
totalFunds85000.0

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