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The chucky madtom (Noturus crypticus) is a newly described species (Burr et al 2005) It is a candidate for federal listing and is known from only two streams in east Tennessee Dunn Creek in the French Broad River drainage and Little Chucky Creek in the Nolichucky River drainage. This QR project Final Report includes data collected under two separate contracts. The combined objectives were to: (1) conduct a survey for the chucky madtom in at least one reach of each tributary (contingent upon landowner permission), (2) survey Little Chucky Creek upstream of Rader, TN, (3) describe habitat at each tributary site sampled, and (4) transfer all chucky madtoms collected to CFI for propagation.
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This SSP project contributed to completion of three publications. One focused on survival of American woodcock using data from Michigan collected 1978-1998 and two focused on fall migration progression, rates, direction and destination.
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Hawksbill turtle populations have been severely depleted. We compared genetic diversity of females nesting at Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands with juveniles foraging in the region using standard control region sequences supplemented with nuclear microsatellite data. Four 760-base pair haplotypes were present among the expanded rookery samples: EiA01, EiA03, EiA11, and EiA20. In contrast, 61 foraging juveniles yielded 14 haplotypes, including three orphan haplotypes that have only been described from foraging aggregations and one novel haplotype. The haplotype frequencies for the foraging aggregation were distinct from those described from the Gulf of Mexico and Florida coast but...
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This SSP project resulted in production of a thesis: Differences in oxygen consumption and critical oxygen levels of five stream fishes. Metabolic rate represents an integrated measure of a fish's physiology, particularly as it relates to stressors. A metric that is commonly used to determine the hypoxia tolerance of fishes is the determination of animal oxygen consumption rate (MO2), which is thought to reflect the ability of an organism to extract oxygen from the environment to maintain routine metabolic rate as dissolved oxygen (DO) decreases. We used respirometry to quantify the influence of two abiotic factors as potential stressors on stream fishes: temperature and dissolved oxygen. We determined standard...
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This SSP project resulted in a thesis, dissertation, and final report. Newell, P. 2008. Pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) and saproxylic beetles in partial cut and uncut bottomland hardwood forests. M. S. Thesis, Louisiana State University. Gee, H. K. W. 2012. The effect of hydrologic modifications on floodplain forest tree recruitment and growth. Ph.D. dissertation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) and saproxylic beetles in partial cut and uncut bottomland hardwood forests. Final Report
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This SSP project resulted in a dissertation: Lethal and sub-lethal physiological effects of behavioral responses of endangered freshwater mussels to reductions in streamflow. Little is known about the behavioral responses and physiological effects of freshwater mussels to reductions in streamflow and their ecological significance, but movement behavior of animals is often an important adaptation for responding to changing environmental conditions. Mussels are primarily thought of as sessile organisms typically exhibiting little to no movement during their life span. To better understand this aspect of mussel ecology, flume, mesocosm, and in-situ field studies were conducted to determine behavioral responses to...
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The objective of this SSP project is to Conduct an inventory of diamondback terrapins on Harris Neck, Blackbeard Island, Wassaw Island, and Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuges. Specific Objectives are to: Compile all existing records of diamondback terrapins from the refuges and surrounding area. Conduct systematic surveys using boat-based head counts on each refuge. Generate a map of terrapin relative densities and associated GIS files with all appropriate data. Cooperator Report Abstract – The diamond-backed terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is a small estuarine turtle distributed along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the USA. Terrapin populations are declining throughout their range and one of the main causes...
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The goal of this QR project was to identify how mussels responded to reductions in stream discharge. The primary objective was to identify the movement strategy used in response to diminishing water levels for each species. Additionally, determine if these movement strategies are consistent within genera or closely related species.
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This SSP project produced a final report on abundance of mallards in the MAV. In 1995, breeding habitat conditions improved and populations of most prairie-nesting ducks increased. Also in 1995, the Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) program was initiated to select hunting regulations that maximized long-term harvest of mid-continent mallards. Generally, AHM has provided liberal harvests and hunting opportunity. The Lower Mississippi Valley (LMV) Joint Venture partnership has acquired new wildlife management areas and encouraged more private landowners to flood croplands to accommodate increased waterfowl populations envisioned in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). Together, these developments...
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This SSP project resulted in a final report that addressed two objectives: (1) to develop nonbiased methods for estimating stream-fish distribution and abundance and (2) to develop a prioritized GIS inventory of manmade culverts, dams, and other structures impeding fish passage in priority sub-watersheds of the Upper Coosa Basin. These data were collected to assist the Service and Partners in better protecting and recovering the six listed fish, 6 listed mussels, and other rare species in the Upper Coosa Basin. The report included a publication: Price, A.L. and J.T. Peterson. 2010. Estimation and Modeling of Electrofishing Capture Efficiency for Fishes in Wadeable Warmwater Streams. NOrth American Journal of...
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After being nearly driven to extinction by the combination of human persecution, human-caused habitat change, and subsequent hybridization with coyotes, red wolves (Canis rufus) were rescued from extinction by the establishment of a captive breeding program in 1973. In 1987, red wolves were first released into a coyote-free (Canis latrans) area in northeastern North Carolina. But by the early 1990’s coyotes began colonizing the area, and pairings between red wolves and coyotes were first detected in 1993. In 2000, a program to contain hybridization and introgression by sterilizing coyotes and removing hybrids began. Genetic assignment tests were used to determine which canids were red wolves, hybrids, and coyotes....
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This SSP project resulted in thesis' and a publication on habitat use and movement of pallid and shovelnose sturgeon in the lower Mississippi River.


map background search result map search result map Movements and Habitat Use of Pallid and Shovelnose Sturgeon in the Lower Mississippi River Woodcock radio-telemetry with expert workshops Habitat Characterization and Distribution Surveys for Chucky Madtom (Noturus elegans) in Tributaries to Little Chucky Creek Aerial transect surveys to compare abundance of mallards in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) between winters 1988-1990 and the present Science Support for the Upper Coosa Basin Phase I Dissolved Oxygen Requirements for Freshwater Mussels Phase 1:  Development of Test Systems and Experimental Protocols Identification of previously undocumented Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (FGSP), Ammodramus savannarum floridanus, occurrences on public and private lands, and confirmation of the current population status and distribution Risk Analysis for Diamondback Terrapins on Wassaw, Blackbeard, Wolf, and Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuges King Rail Habitat Relationships in Freshwater Marshes of Southwestern Louisiana and Southeastern Texas Response of endangered mussels to decreased flows Assessment of Bottomland Hardwood Forest Dynamics: Implications to Ivory-billed Woodpecker Habitat Predicting the effects on endangered mussels from incremental decreases in minimum flows Hawksbill sea turtle genetics: Determining genetic relationships among Caribbean hawksbill nesting populations and origin of juveniles sampled at Buck Island Interactions of Human-Caused Martality, Genetic Introgression, and Management among Wild Red Wolves:  Developing Scientific Consensus Hawksbill sea turtle genetics: Determining genetic relationships among Caribbean hawksbill nesting populations and origin of juveniles sampled at Buck Island Risk Analysis for Diamondback Terrapins on Wassaw, Blackbeard, Wolf, and Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuges Movements and Habitat Use of Pallid and Shovelnose Sturgeon in the Lower Mississippi River Habitat Characterization and Distribution Surveys for Chucky Madtom (Noturus elegans) in Tributaries to Little Chucky Creek Response of endangered mussels to decreased flows Predicting the effects on endangered mussels from incremental decreases in minimum flows Dissolved Oxygen Requirements for Freshwater Mussels Phase 1:  Development of Test Systems and Experimental Protocols Assessment of Bottomland Hardwood Forest Dynamics: Implications to Ivory-billed Woodpecker Habitat Science Support for the Upper Coosa Basin Phase I Interactions of Human-Caused Martality, Genetic Introgression, and Management among Wild Red Wolves:  Developing Scientific Consensus Aerial transect surveys to compare abundance of mallards in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) between winters 1988-1990 and the present Identification of previously undocumented Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (FGSP), Ammodramus savannarum floridanus, occurrences on public and private lands, and confirmation of the current population status and distribution Woodcock radio-telemetry with expert workshops King Rail Habitat Relationships in Freshwater Marshes of Southwestern Louisiana and Southeastern Texas