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Integrated monitoring within BCR’s: Creating a wildlife monitoring grid for the GPLCC


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2010-06-10 05:00:00
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2011-12-16 06:00:00


David J. Hanni(Principal Investigator), Rob A. Sparks(Cooperator/Partner), Frank Cardone(Cooperator/Partner), Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), 2010-06-16(Start), 2011-12-16(End), Integrated monitoring within BCR’s: Creating a wildlife monitoring grid for the GPLCC


We used the United States National Grid to develop a sampling grid for monitoring programs in the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative, delineated by Bird Conservation Regions 18 and 19. Landscape Conservation Cooperatives are science based partnerships with the goal to inform and guide conservation at regional landscape levels. Developing a standardized sampling grid for a LCC is a new endeavor and is designed to reduce program costs, avoid repetition in sampling, and increase efficiency in monitoring programs. This is possible because the grid’s nationwide coverage, uniform starting point, and scalability allow researchers to expand their monitoring programs from a small, local level to a regional or even national level. [...]

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The GP LCC grid has a set of attributes that provide a versatile array of strata, allowing the researcher to develop monitoring programs that have useful implementations and purposes. We base our landbird monitoring strata on a few attributes, including NRCS ecoregions, Federal land ownership, and stream complexity. Other fields include dominant land cover type, X and Y coordinates of the cell centroid, and USNG addresses. The attribute tables of the grids provide a comprehensive summary of the landscape’s ecoregions and ownership properties. Using the GP LCC monitoring grid will improve partnership coordination at the landscape level to accomplish shared conservation goals.

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productDescriptionReport and Scalable Monitoring Framework

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recipientBird Conservancy of the Rockies
sourceU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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