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The Shorebird Demographic Network is an international collaboration designed to evaluate how climate mediated changes in the arctic ecosystem are affecting shorebird distribution, ecology, and demography. The main purpose of the network is to monitor demographic parameters (e.g. nest success, adult survival) of widely distributed shorebirds, so that we may develop conservation strategies that tackle the most pressing problems facing these declining species. The Arctic LCC contribution adds monitoring components that track key environmental attributes (e.g. water and prey availability) that are expected to link climate with changing shorebird populations.This project attempted to evaluate portions of two conceptual...
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Building upon the successful efforts of SARP, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and other federal, state, and local partners to establish and implement NFCAs in the Llano River watershed, TX and Chipola River watershed, FL (Birdsong et al., 2015, Garrett et al. 2015), we will coordinate a series of watershed-based conservation planning workshops focused on eight priority river systems in the Great Plains (i.e., the White River, Platte River, Arkansas-Kansas Rivers, Canadian River, Deep Fork River, Red River, Brazos River, and Colorado River). We will utilize conservation assessments and conservation planning tools recently developed by Labay and Henderickson (2014; http://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/27744)...
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The purpose of this project was to design a national bat monitoring strategy to be used by State, Provincial, and Federal agencies, Tribes, and other partner organizations to monitor bat populations at various spatial scales. Another purpose was to establish a robust database to house the monitoring data as it is collected and maximize the utility of the data to researchers and resource managers. This was a coordinated effort among scientists and researchers in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, and University of Tennessee, National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.
Project 1. Coordinated monitoring of fire impacts throughout the South AtlanticFunding from Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes is supporting prescribed fire on land managed by a diversity of public and private organizations, many of which have established protocols for monitoring fire effects. Some only monitor vegetation, while others monitor additional impacts on species and ecological processes. Our team proposes to work with key partners to integrate data from existing monitoring and improve the coordination of future fire monitoring in the South Atlantic. Efforts will build off of existing cross-organizational efforts to coordinate fire impacts monitoring in pine ecosystems with a special emphasis on rapid,...
The specific objectives of this project are to a) assemble existing mussel, water quality, and landscape level (e.g., GIS) data bases; b) conduct expert interviews, targeted mussel surveys, and habitat assessments; c) develop an integrated model to predict species occupancy and to identify specific stream segments for conservation, restoration, and augmentation; and d) validate and refine the model for applicability to other species and geographic regions. Results of this project will be used to develop scientifically defensible estimates of the stream network needing conservation to support mussel recovery; identify specific factors limiting recovery of federally-listed mussels in a watershed manner; enable predictions...
Urban communities are increasingly shaping the conservation future of the South Atlantic. Major metropolitan areas present both direct threats, such as loss habitat and open space, and indirect threats, such as creating barriers to connectivity. As a result of both these direct and indirect threats, and their scale, metropolitan areas pose a challenge when thinking about corridors and connectivity, and many of the traditional approaches to green infrastructure and conservation are not adequate for urban areas. The Conservation Blueprint (Blueprint) is cross-boundary, cross-organization plan that prioritizes areas for shared conservation action in the South Atlantic. It is designed as a resource for conservation...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2016, 2017, 2018, ANTHROPOGENIC/HUMAN INFLUENCED ECOSYSTEMS, AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS, All tags...
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Project ObjectivesIn collaboration with the staff, members and partners of the CaribbeanLandscape Conservation Cooperative (CLCC), SustainaMetrix conducteda process to assemble the foundation of an ecosystem governanceknowledge base over the past 11 months. The CLCC includes theterrestrial and marine components of the Puerto Rican archipelago andthe US Virgin Islands. The purpose of an ecosystem governanceknowledge base was to contribute to the early stage development ofthe CLCC with a brief analysis of pressing issues, governance contexts,policy windows, opportunities and strategic actions needed to enhanceimplementation and collaboration among partners. While numerousroutine reporting has been conducted throughout...
This request is in support of the Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group (SENRLG) Landscape Conservation and Restoration Pilot Project. Phase I of the study was completed with support from UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) in June 2011 after working closely with the SENRLG Pilot Project Team in October 2010. The first phase identified federal resources available for supporting ecological, cultural, and sociological resource protection across the Southeast within an adaptive framework for building resilience into the system to address risk climate change impacts on the landscape. To further define the co-benefits of leveraging resources in a synergistic manner on the landscape,...
This project utilizes projected visualization of land cover conditions for the state of Florida at three future time periods. Simulated projected future conditions also vary by patterns in development, levels and types of conservation, and sea level rise. These visualized scenarios afford the opportunity to examine a range of possible outcomes for land use and land cover, and use these scenarios to evaluate the impacts on potential habitat distributions for focal species. For this project, focal species were centered within the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and impacts. The methodology for this project includes four major steps, which have been found to be effective in previous scenario analyses with...
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The potential implications of climate change to fishes in Great Plains rivers and streams could range from drastic shifts in distribution to extirpation. Many lotic systems in the Great Plains are not well suited for direct escape routes for fish to move to more suitable habitats at other latitudes due to the west-east direction of flows rather than north-south. Therefore, we might expect additional climate related stress on fish communities in the Great Plains compared to other regions of North America. Therefore, we will 1) simulate potential water temperature and flow changes within the Great Plains based on extant regional climate models, 2) assess stream connectivity to potential refugia, 3) develop a database...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, Shapefile; Tags: 2013, CATFISHES/MINNOWS, CO-01, CO-02, CO-03, All tags...
This project integrates a reforestation decision support model for priority forest breeding birds and a restoration decision support tool for the federally-threatened Louisiana Black Bear. It was developed specifically to focus habitat restoration projects on frequently flooded agricultural lands within priority portions of the delta of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, which were funded primarily by the Walton Family Foundation in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This communications strategy provides a comprehensive framework of prescribed fire issues and messages within which the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture can identify priority actions according to their ‘niche’ of focusing on fire’s ecological benefits to wildlife, especially birds, particularly at a landscape scale. The strategy is based upon information provided in interviews of 45 prescribed fire/resource management experts throughout the East Gulf Coastal Plain, as well as guidance from the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture staff and board members.
Amphibians and reptiles are experiencing severe habitat loss throughout North America; however, this threat to biodiversity can be mitigated by identifying and managing areas that serve a disproportionate role in sustaining herpetofauna. Identification of such areas must take into consideration the dynamic nature of habitat suitability. As climate rapidly changes it is possible that areas currently deemed suitable may no longer be so in the future. To address these needs, we are proposing to generate spatially-explicit data that will (1) identify Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) – those discrete areas most vital to maintaining reptile and amphibian diversity, (2) project regions of current...
Categories: Data, Project; Tags: 2011, AMPHIBIANS, Academics & scientific researchers, Applications and Tools, Applications and Tools, All tags...
Long-term, large-scale (i.e. landscape) conservation struggles with big questions such as how can a single strategy be identified when there are multiple possible future outcomes? How do we decide which management action or portfolio of actions is the best for all species when different species will likely have conflicting responses to each action? Successful natural resource decision making processes also incorporate an assessment of baseline conditions; current and future stressors; a set of potential management actions; and formal linkages between conditions, actions and biological responses (i.e. a model). It also requires bringing together the elements of conservation decisions into a framework that allows...
The contractor shall provide professional consulting and facilitation services to support U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation mission in the areas of: Strategic and operational planning that leverages stakeholder engagement and development of effective partnerships. Conservation planning that spans political and administrative borders. Collaborative governance, process development and implementation.This BPA expires on December 31, 2020, unless sooner cancelled by a thirty (30) day written notice issued by either party. The Government is not obligated to place any orders under this agreement. The services provided for herein shall be requested by the Contracting Officer or his/her authorized representative(s),...
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Oyster reefs are one of the most important environmental and economic resources within the coastal regions of the United States. Although oyster reefs in deeper water have been mapped, the extent and condition of intertidal reefs has not been sufficiently inventoried in most states. Understanding the geographic extent and condition of intertidal oyster reef and shell bottoms is important for assessing parental stock and to determine potential recruitment bottlenecks for oysters within an estuary. These intertidal areas have traditionally served as a sanctuary from commercial harvest pressure due to closures, safety, and operational barriers preventing the harvesting of oysters in shallow water. The location...
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Despite the lack of surface flows, the Colorado River riparian corridor in Mexico has proven to be ecologically resilient. Floods in the 1980s and 90s in the region brought back large swaths of native riparian habitat, which still persist today in some areas along the river. Because the historic floodplain is extremely important for agricultural production and therefore the local economy, habitat maintenance must be integrated with continued utilization of lands and water for this purpose.The riparian, marsh, and open-water areas found in Reach 4 provide critical habitat for both migratory and resident riparian bird species. Due to its ecological importance, the riparian corridor and Reach 4 in particular have been...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: ArcGIS REST Map Service, ArcGIS Service Definition, Downloadable, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2014, Applications and Tools, Baja California, Colorado River Delta, DLCC, All tags...
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Riparian vegetation provides crucial habitat for wildlife and is a high conservation priority for land managers throughout the Southwest but a central scientific challenge is to generate quantitative predictions of how changes in water availability will affect the amount and quality of riparian wildlife habitat. Researchers will study areas that have long-term datasets available (i.e., hydrological, geomorphological, biological), that characterize a broad range of riparian conditions found in the Southwest. Building on recently developed models funded by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), this work will link various hydrologic, geomorphic and habitat models to better understand...


map background search result map search result map Implications for Connectivity and Movement of Lotic Great Plains Fishes in the Face of Climate Change. Predicting Effects of Climate Change on Riparian Obligate Species in the Southwestern United States Sustainability and Vulnerability of Colorado River Delta Riparian Habitat Under Different Climate Change, Environmental Flow, and Agricultural Water Management Scenarios Mapping shallow reefs using low-cost side scanning sonar and drone photography systems Improving the integration between the natural and built environment within the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Facilitation support for Conservation Blueprint and LCC governance Efficiently monitoring extent of fire and fire effects in the South Atlantic LCC Hierarchical landscape models for endemic unionid mussels: Building Strategic Habitat Conservation tools for mussel recovery in the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Development of a National Bat Population Monitoring Program ASDN: a Network of Sites to Evaluate How Climate-mediated Change in the Arctic Ecosystem are Affecting Shorebird Distribution, Ecology, and Demography El Yunque water budget and shrimp A return on Investment Approach to restoring natural Flow Regimes in the Red River PR and USVI Ecosystem Governance Knowledge Base Watershed-Based Conservation Planning to Inform Selection and Implementation of a Network of Native Fish Conservation Areas in the Great Plains El Yunque water budget and shrimp Sustainability and Vulnerability of Colorado River Delta Riparian Habitat Under Different Climate Change, Environmental Flow, and Agricultural Water Management Scenarios Mapping shallow reefs using low-cost side scanning sonar and drone photography systems PR and USVI Ecosystem Governance Knowledge Base Predicting Effects of Climate Change on Riparian Obligate Species in the Southwestern United States A return on Investment Approach to restoring natural Flow Regimes in the Red River Watershed-Based Conservation Planning to Inform Selection and Implementation of a Network of Native Fish Conservation Areas in the Great Plains Improving the integration between the natural and built environment within the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint Facilitation support for Conservation Blueprint and LCC governance Efficiently monitoring extent of fire and fire effects in the South Atlantic LCC Hierarchical landscape models for endemic unionid mussels: Building Strategic Habitat Conservation tools for mussel recovery in the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Implications for Connectivity and Movement of Lotic Great Plains Fishes in the Face of Climate Change. ASDN: a Network of Sites to Evaluate How Climate-mediated Change in the Arctic Ecosystem are Affecting Shorebird Distribution, Ecology, and Demography Development of a National Bat Population Monitoring Program