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Observing and counting bats is extremely difficult. Bats hide during the day, fly in darkness, and most species in the United States (US) become inactive and inaccessible in cryptic hibernation sites for 7-8 months each year. More than 40 different species of bats occur year-round in the US, yet reasonable population estimates exist for very few. Populations of US bats face new and unprecedented threats from white-nose syndrome (WNS) and industrial wind turbines. Like WNS, wind energy development might adversely affect entire populations of bats. Species of bats dying at wind turbines in the greatest numbers rank among the most cryptic, elusive, and poorly understood. Hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus) compose approximately...
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While wildlife species do not respect political boundaries, conservation planning and implementation is often restricted by them. Thus, regionally rare species can be placed in the unenviable position of not being prioritized by any jurisdiction that they inhabit due to competition for scarce conservation resources. A regional conservation framework will enable states to cooperate toward common goals and share the costs and accomplishments of regionally conserving at risk species. However, the development of a regional conservation framework is inhibited by patchy species occurrence data. These data gaps can be informed by species distribution models. This project will compile available mussel data, develop species...
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Information about the amount of habitat needed to support monarchs and how it should be distributed across the landscape will have direct implications for FWS habitat restoration programs. In the St. Croix Wetland Management District (WMD), this information will inform decision making for prioritizing Partners for Fish and Wildlife Projects on private lands as well as upland restoration efforts on WPAs and partner lands. The monarch information gained from this project will be another piece of the ecological puzzle, in addition to waterfowl, endangered species and grassland bird information for landscape-level restoration projects. In addition, the St. Croix WMD is partnering with the National Park Service, U.S....
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This project will refine the hierarchical prioritization within and across the Texas Native Fish Conservation Areas (NFCAs) for integration into the comprehensive revisions of the Texas Conservation Action Plan in 2025. Research products (SDMs and hierarchical prioritization of NFCAs) will guide efforts that result in long-term focus for management and make the most efficient use of limited conservation resources for maintaining or improving conditions for Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) fishes. Research products can subsequently be used to support efforts such as: updating Species Status Assessments used to inform revisions of the SGCN and State Threatened and Endangered species lists, refining the...
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Improved Gulf Hypoxia Planning Tool: Landscape scale planning tools focus conservation priorities through a series of region-specific lenses. These tools include: CHAT; SECAS; Gulf Hypoxia Initiative - Precision Conservation Blueprint v1.5; and landscape designs developed by the Great Plains LCC and Gulf Coast Prairie LCC. Discussions with industry, agency and organizational leaders across the mid-continent suggest that the time is ripe for opening a dialogue about how to bridge the planning between the west and east to find the appropriate stakeholder-driven set of mid-continent connections for a network of lands and waters. The recipient will assist staff from multiple LCCs and other interested entities in setting...
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This project will develop a principle method for the estimation of monarch butterfly colony sizes as informed by technological innovations derived from (1) LiDAR, (2) object-driven, quantitative 3D modeling, (3) thermography and associated visualization and analytical capabilities and; establish the foundation of a science communication and public education strategy for USFWS to increase awareness and support for science-based approaches to Monarch conservation.
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There are three widely used neonicotinoid seed coat formulations that protect young crop plants (e.g. corn and soybean) against pest herbivory (thiamethoxam, imidacloprid, and chlothianidin). These insecticides are systemic, meaning they can be absorbed and distributed throughout the plant. Once seeds germinate, the insecticides are translocated throughout the growing corn plant[6]. When the plant is consumed by herbivorous insects, the insect also consumes and is affected by the toxicity of the insecticide.Not all of the neonicotinoid insecticide remains with the seed or growing corn plant. Owing to their high water solubility, a portion of the insecticide is leached away from the seed reaching groundwater and...
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Grassland birds throughout the United States have exhibited significant declines in the last three decades indicated no grassland bird species in the Upper Midwest were increasing in abundance. Continental and regional population declines are mirrored in Wisconsin with species like Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark and others declining by 50 – 90% since 1970. Conservation groups, state and federal agencies within the Upper Midwest have long recognized these declines and have taken action, yet despite the value of these conservation actions, none of the grassland birds have halted their population declines or returned to population sizes of the 1970s. Within the conservation community there...
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In August 2016, a petition to list the Sturgeon Chub Macrhybopsis gelida and Sicklefin Chub Macrhybopsis meeki under the U.S. Endangered Species Act was presented to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Historically these two species were located throughout the Missouri River basin. Currently these two species have reduced to the lower main stem Missouri River and are considered rare throughout the tributaries within the basin. Several factors (i.e., habitat fragmentation, channelization, etc.) have likely contributed to these declines (Figure 1 & 2). Although concerns in the decline of these species have been considered in the past, little effort has been put towards better understanding the current status of these...
Successful interns will be placed with the Chicago Field Museum and become members of the Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center Department working on an Urban Monarch Conservation Program – a program aimed at coordinating efforts of individuals, communities, governments, and organizations in answering key questions about how best to conserve monarchs in urban areas along their migration flyway connecting the butterflies’ overwintering sites in central Mexico to the landscapes of the Upper Midwest. Interns will gain experience working as key team members in developing community pollinator interaction programs and perform such duties as: working with community members to facilitate metropolitan pollinator gardens;...


    map background search result map search result map Estimating grassland bird populations to inform landscape-level conservation in Wisconsin Gulf Hypoxia Precision Conservation Blueprint v2.1 Regional Priorities for Focusing Freshwater Mussel Conservation in Streams Counting Butterfies: Using Lidar to Count Monarchs Effects of Chronic Neonicotinoid Insecticide Exposure upon Monarch Development Development of Landscape Health Index (LHI) for Missouri Priority Geographies Genomic Determination of Hoary Bat Population History and Trend Fish Community Assessment in the Lower Basin of the Missouri River Impacts of landscape characteristics on monarch butterfly use of habitat patches Species Distribution Modeling and Native Fish Conservation Area Prioritization to Guide Landscape-Level Conservation Counting Butterfies: Using Lidar to Count Monarchs Estimating grassland bird populations to inform landscape-level conservation in Wisconsin Development of Landscape Health Index (LHI) for Missouri Priority Geographies Species Distribution Modeling and Native Fish Conservation Area Prioritization to Guide Landscape-Level Conservation Regional Priorities for Focusing Freshwater Mussel Conservation in Streams Effects of Chronic Neonicotinoid Insecticide Exposure upon Monarch Development Fish Community Assessment in the Lower Basin of the Missouri River Impacts of landscape characteristics on monarch butterfly use of habitat patches Gulf Hypoxia Precision Conservation Blueprint v2.1 Genomic Determination of Hoary Bat Population History and Trend