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Climate change impacts many species through shifts in habitat. The intensity of this impact will depend on the dispersal rates of the species, the patchiness of the environment, and the velocity of habitat change. Here we examine how dispersal affects projected future habitat availability for a threatened carnivore, the fisher (Pekania [Martes] pennanti). We used non-invasive genetic sampling to detect fisher across their historical distribution in Montana and Idaho. This survey included 4846 non-invasive hair snares, of which 288 identified fishers through mitochondrial DNA analysis. We modeled the distribution of fisher across western Montana and northern Idaho using a suite of vegetative, topographic, and climatic...
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We propose a collaborative project with the USGS, Wyoming State Climate Office, USFWS, USFS, and the NPS whereby we will assemble and maintain long-term records of climate from key stations in and around the Great Northern LCC and subject these records to a rigorous series of QA/QC procedures. Where appropriate we will use best available practices to infill missing data, and we will develop station histories (e.g., details of station moves, instrumentation changes, etc.) as a context for interpreting these records. We will then rigorously analyze patterns of long-term (50-100 years) variability and trends in these datasets, and provide summaries designed to meet the needs of non-climate specialists working in the...
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The Canadian portion of the Crown of the Continent (CCoC) ecosystem has been identified as crucial for wolverines north of the US border to rescue or supply individuals and genes through dispersal to the highly fragmented population in the northern US Rocky Mountains. Highway 3, motorized recreation, and a growing resource extraction industry, however, increasingly fragment this critical landscape. This project will capitalize on multi-year wolverine occupancy and genetic data collected noninvasively in a >40,000 km2 area encompassing the core protected areas of the central Canadian Rocky Mountains to the north; and Glacier-Waterton Lakes National Park complex in the south. Our goal is to obtain spatially-explicit...
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The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWS) strives to maintain ecological diversity and integrity, while sustaining cultural practices, preserving and improving economic development and promoting higher education opportunities to tribal members. FY2015and FY2016 Objectives:This project seeks to better address climate change and community stewardship through professional development opportunities for tribal members to produce better community engagement and tribal leadership in the Climate Change Working Group and national and regional climate change policy decisions. CCWG delegates will attend relevant tribal, regional and national conferences, trainings and policy forums to increase...
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The fisher (Pekania pennanti; formerly known as Martes pennanti) is a North American endemic mustelid with a geographic distribution that spans much of the boreal forests of North America. In the Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) fishers have been the focus of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions. Habitat studies of West Coast fishers in California have consistently identified late-successional forests as important, providing direct implications for forest management and fisher conservation. In the NRM range very little is known about the habitat selection patterns of fishers relative to forest age and species composition, yet ESA petitioners have repeatedly listed habitat loss and destruction as the primary...
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Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center! Here you can find information resulting from a wide variety of surveys conducted by RMBO and its partners. Users can query out count data, occupancy results, density results, and generate maps of survey locations. You may want to read the Usage Tips for information and tips on running queries. If you’re a manager and wondering how you might be able to use this information please visit our Using Estimates page for more information. The Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center is designed to provide information for specific questions and therefore works best when users select multiple filters for a query.
Interest in using environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling to monitor aquatic species is exploding. This technique makes it possible to conduct rapid and cost-effective broad-scale species assessment and monitoring, particularly when informed by robust species distribution models. Here, we provide preliminary results from an effort to identify habitats occupied by juvenile bull trout in all 4th-code basins constituting their historical U.S. range.We developed a sampling template based on 1) the probability of habitat occupancy by juvenile bull trout from the Climate Shield model and 2) simulated and empirically tested probabilities of eDNA-based detection of stream-dwelling salmonids. A cadre of state, tribal, federal,...
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Determining changes in distribution of imperiled species is important for developing effective conservation and management strategies. Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis, a genetic method that relies on the collection and analysis of exogenous DNA released by a species into the environment, offers a new way to determine the distribution of aquatic species. The USGS and Colville Confederated Tribes recently collaborated on an evaluation of the efficacy of eDNA analysis for improving detection and thus known distribution of Chinook salmon in the Methow and Okanogan Sub-basins of the Upper-Columbia River, Washington, USA and British Columbia, Canada.Preliminary results of this study demonstrate the potential effectiveness...
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This Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Climate Change Strategic Plan represents an early step towards addressing the impacts of climate change on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. This initiative’s purpose is to improve the Tribal community and Natural Resources resiliency by effectively informing climate change impact planning decisions made by the Tribes. It is designed to initiate collectively beneficial climate change impact mitigation and adaptation solutions. This process was led by the CSKT Office of Environmental Protection and was assisted by Next Seven Group, LLC. It was completed in collaboration with the Tribes’ administration, elders, scientific leaders, and other stakeholders and experts....
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If you manage to haul a frozen, skinned beaver carcass up a remote mountain pass in the middle of winter, then nail it about two metres up a tree, you might just be lucky enough to attract a wolverine.That’s what researchers have been trying to do for the past few years as part of a multi-year study to learn more about these elusive predators, and how they move and survive throughout the mountainous terrain of southern Alberta and British Columbia.Led by Tony Clevenger, a biologist at Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute, the research team tracks wolverines using non-invasive methods, such as cameras and hair traps (and, yes, skinned beavers on trees) with hopes of learning how these high-elevation...
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The Stoney Nakoda Nation believe that it is important to provide cultural awareness to the Great North Landscape Conservation group so that the group can understand the First Nation history of the study area. This is particularly interesting given the early policy development of national parks within the United States of America, and Canada, and the impacts on the Stoney Nakoda. The cultural awareness and First Nation history of the Stoney Nakoda will provide background on traditional uses and knowledge of the study area, and provide insight to science based practitioners on the need for integrating western science with traditional environmental knowledge. To provide First Nation cultural awareness of the Rocky...
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The project will establish contact with interested parties in each tribe or first nation within the Crown of the Continent to collect information on all relevant activities and research regarding climate and adaptive management within each tribal nation. We will coordinate a meeting of all interested tribal contacts and coordinate tribal activities with other efforts in the Crown including the Crown Managers Partnership, the Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative, and the Crown Roundtable Adaptive Management Initiative. Objectives: Establish a contact on climate adaptation management in each interested first nation/tribe or related organization in the Crown of the Continent.Develop a white paper that summarizes...
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This region-wide coordinated bird monitoring program, supported by state, federal, tribal, nongovernmental organizations, and a statewide bird conservation partnership, is designed to provide spatially-referenced baseline data for science-based biological planning and conservation design for the Great Northern LCC and its partners that is directly comparable with other landscapes and Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs). This BCR-based landbird monitoring program uses a spatially-balanced sampling design with the BCR as the sampling frame and stratification by land management boundaries and eco-regional attributes. The Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) sample design allows inferences about avian...
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Determining accurate species distribution is crucial to conservation and management strategies for imperiled species, but challenging for small populations that are approaching extinction or being reestablished. We evaluated the efficacy of environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis for improving detection and thus known distribution of Chinook salmon in the Methow and Okanogan Sub-basins of the UpperColumbia River, Washington, USA. We developed an assay to target a 90 base pair sequence of Chinook DNA and used quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) to quantify the amount of Chinook eDNA in 1-L water samples collected at 48 sites in the sub-basins. We collected samples once during high flows in June and again during...
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Understanding a species’ behavioral response to rapid environmental change is an ongoing challenge in modern conservation. Anthropogenic landscape modification, or “human footprint,” is well documented as a central cause of large mammal decline and range contractions where the proximal mechanisms of decline are often contentious. Direct mortality is an obvious cause; alternatively, human‐modified landscapes perceived as unsuitable by some species may contribute to shifts in space use through preferential habitat selection. A useful approach to tease these effects apart is to determine whether behaviors potentially associated with risk vary with human footprint. We hypothesized wolverine (Gulo gulo) behaviors vary...


map background search result map search result map Understanding Observational, Proxy, and Modeled Climate Data: Outreach, Training, and Support for Managers and Scientists Connecting Tribal and First Nation Adaptive Management and Climate Related Activities in the Crown of the Continent Identifying conservation corridors and transboundary linkages for wolverines in the Canadian Crown of the Continent ecosystem The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) Climate Change Readiness Program Stoney Nakoda Nation Cultural Awareness (grant never executed) 2013 Annual Report: Species Adaptations to Climate Change: Grassland, Sagebrush, and Riparian-associated Landbirds in Bird Conservation Region 10 Integrated Bird Monitoring by Conservation Region database Climate Change Strategic Plan Completing the loop: Combining occupancy modeling, crowd-sourcing, and eDNA sampling to inventory bull trout across their U.S. range Modeling the effects of dispersal and patch size on predicted fisher (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) distribution in the U.S. Rocky Mountains Stand- and landscape-scale selection of large trees by fishers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Idaho Webinar:  Demonstration of the Avian Data Center at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory GNLCC Website Content: Collaborative Monitoring of Landbirds to Inform Landscape-level Management 2013 Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership Development, Workshop The great thaw: WP Article Wolverine behavior varies spatially with anthropogenic footprint: implications for conservation and inferences about declines Mapping the Wolverine Way Webinar: Environmental DNA – A new tool for monitoring imperiled species DISTRIBUTION OF CHINOOK SALMON (ONCORHYNCHUS TSHAWYTSCHA) IN UPPER-COLUMBIA RIVER SUB-BASINS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL DNA ANALYSIS Stoney Nakoda Nation Cultural Awareness (grant never executed) Completing the loop: Combining occupancy modeling, crowd-sourcing, and eDNA sampling to inventory bull trout across their U.S. range The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) Climate Change Readiness Program Climate Change Strategic Plan The great thaw: WP Article Identifying conservation corridors and transboundary linkages for wolverines in the Canadian Crown of the Continent ecosystem Wolverine behavior varies spatially with anthropogenic footprint: implications for conservation and inferences about declines Mapping the Wolverine Way Webinar: Environmental DNA – A new tool for monitoring imperiled species DISTRIBUTION OF CHINOOK SALMON (ONCORHYNCHUS TSHAWYTSCHA) IN UPPER-COLUMBIA RIVER SUB-BASINS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL DNA ANALYSIS Connecting Tribal and First Nation Adaptive Management and Climate Related Activities in the Crown of the Continent Integrated Bird Monitoring by Conservation Region database Webinar:  Demonstration of the Avian Data Center at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory GNLCC Website Content: Collaborative Monitoring of Landbirds to Inform Landscape-level Management 2013 Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership Development, Workshop 2013 Annual Report: Species Adaptations to Climate Change: Grassland, Sagebrush, and Riparian-associated Landbirds in Bird Conservation Region 10 Modeling the effects of dispersal and patch size on predicted fisher (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) distribution in the U.S. Rocky Mountains Stand- and landscape-scale selection of large trees by fishers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Idaho Understanding Observational, Proxy, and Modeled Climate Data: Outreach, Training, and Support for Managers and Scientists