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Mortalities of Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) have significantly increased this winter, especially along the East Coast of Florida, leading to the declaration of an Unusual Mortality Event (UME). Carcasses are exhibiting signs of starvation, related to a lack of food resources from persistent algal blooms and cold stress. These conditions are expected to continue through at least next winter. We will perform health assessments with our partners and attach GPS telemetry tags for current information on habitat use. We will perform habitat surveys at sites used by manatees, determine available species composition and extent, and collect data to inform carrying capacity estimation. Specific objectives...
Categories: Project; Tags: 2022, LCC, SSP-QR FWSR4
Establishing Explicit Biological Objectives to Guide Strategic Habitat Conservation for the Gulf Coast
The RESTORE Act (33 U.S. Code § 1321) directs 80% of Clean Water Act penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (likely to be in the billions) to Gulf of Mexico restoration. Gulf partners profess a common goal of “restoring and protecting the natural resources…and economy of the Gulf Coast region”(Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 2013:2), yet specific and explicit objectives that quantify what it means to actually achieve this goal remain undefined. Despite the presence of numerous conservation partnerships along the Gulf of Mexico, there is concern that this unprecedented opportunity will lack a coordinated response (NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program 2013). The success of the RESTORE Act will hinge...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, AL-01,
The Gulf Coast Prairies LCC has initiated efforts to improve biological planning and landscape conservation design with a focus on implementing State Wildlife Plans (SWAPs) for the benefit of focal species and pollinators. To facilitate landscape conservation planning, the GCP LCC has supported land cover data projects as well as refining a platform for grassland planning, inventory and monitoring (G-MIT). These data are shared nationally through ScienceBase and the GCP Conservation Planning Atlas and used to inform their Grassland Decision Support Tool. While this work has been limited to parts of Texas and Oklahoma there is great interest and need to create high resolution, seamless and consistent land cover data...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2017, Data Acquisition and Development, Datasets/Database, EARTH SCIENCE, EARTH SCIENCE,
The dataset includes Land Use/Land Cover types throughout the Chenier Eco-Region in Southwest Louisiana. Using the 2015 National Aerial Imagery Program (NAIP) dataset (1m) as the basemap, E-Cognition image objects were derived from the multiresolution segmentation algorithm at 75 and 250 segments. Attempts to refine the data training methods using E-cognition, to extrapolate automating categories of this information to the entire map resulted with exceedingly low accuracy. Therefore, a raster was produced by piecing together several data resources, which provide reliable data for specific LandUse/LandCover (LULC) categories. This process involved stitching together more reliable sources for specific categories to...
Categories: Data; Types: Citation, Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: Complete, Data, EARTH SCIENCE, EARTH SCIENCE, EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE,
The overarching goal of this project is to evaluate the FWS and State of Florida condition that requires beach tilling (to a depth of 3 feet) three years post-beach nourishment (and restoration) projects because of the perceived threat of sand compaction to nesting sea turtles and incubating sea turtle clutches. The FWS mandates this requirement throughout all southeastern states and FWC mandates it throughout Florida. This requirement, based on anecdotal data along Atlantic Florida beaches, guides our intent to target northern Gulf of Mexico beaches, to include Northwest Florida initially. At the request of the FWS, we propose to investigate if removal of this requirement will be detrimental, maintain or improve...
Categories: Project; Tags: 2022, LCC, SSP-QR FWSR4
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC), formed in 2015, pulls together experts in biology and ecology from around the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. With primary locations in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Gainesville, Florida, WARC scientists pursue relevant and objective research and new approaches and technologies, to build scientific knowledge and provide understanding and tools for wise management and conservation of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems and their associated plant and animal communities throughout the nation and the world, with an emphasis on the Southeast United States, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond the primary centers, research facilities...
Categories: Collection, Data; Tags: USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC), WARC
Jumpstarting wetland restoration for imperiled flatwoods salamanders at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Categories: Project; Tags: 2019, Conservation planning/decision tools, LCC, SSP-QR FWSR4