The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The rusty patch bumblebee has seen an estimated decline in population of 91%, and is now found only in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. The USFWS published the proposed listing on September 22, 216 with proposal comments being accepted through November 21, 2016.
You can read the press release on the proposed listing here: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/849.html
WEST’s Lori Nielsen and Joyce Pickle are attending the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) Power Lines Workshop, September 26-27 in Madison, Wisconsin. WEST will also have a booth in the Vendor Session. If you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!
Additional information on the conference and a complete schedule can be found at:http://www.aplic.org/index.php
WEST’s Mandy Kauffman is the lead author on a new publication “Risk assessment and management of brucellosis in the southern greater Yellowstone area (I): A citizen-science based risk model for bovine brucellosis transmission from elk to cattle.” was recently published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. The publication describes the use of survey/interview data to develop a spatially-explicit risk model for brucellosis transmission from elk to cattle in the southern greater Yellowstone Area. A forthcoming companion manuscript will describe (1) the use of this model to simulate the effectiveness of various elk brucellosis seroprevalence reduction strategies and (2) the costs of implementing these management strategies in order to evaluate their cost-effectiveness.
The publication can be accessed at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587716302677.
We are looking for an experienced Ecologist in Bloomington, Indiana. Primary skills we are seeking for the position are: 1) ability to identify eastern plants, 2) experience conducting avian and bat surveys, 3) good verbal communication and interpersonal skills, 4) good writing skills, and 5) project management/organizational skills. A Master’s degree or higher in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree is preferred.
If you are interested or know of anyone interested please visit the link below for more information. http://westinc.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrderID=7814212
“Modeling Late-Summer Distribution of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the Western United States” was released today in PLOS ONE. WEST’s Ryan Nielson is lead author on the publication that helps to identify areas of major importance to the golden eagle. The authors estimated eagle abundance based on aerial line-transect surveys that WEST conducted from 2006-2010, and modeled the density of golden eagles using a technique that associates landscape-level characteristics with abundance. Evidence was found of positive relationships between intensity of use by golden eagles and elevation, solar radiation, and wind speed. Additionally, they found a negative relationship with areas of developed and forested land. A map was developed from the model to predict intensity of use by golden eagles during late summer across the study area. This work can help prioritize landscapes for conservation, identify where mitigation may be most effective, and identify key areas for additional research.
The publication is on PLOS ONE here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0159271
The publication has been featured in several news stories as well:
WEST is currently conducting the 12th annual golden eagle survey. This project for the US Fish and Wildlife Service involves flying small, fixed-wing aircraft across four Bird Conservation Regions in twelve states, with over 17,000 km of transects in the western US. In the adjoining picture are two of the experienced observer crews who conduct the survey. Using the data collected on the survey, WEST staff will estimate the total number of golden eagles living in the western US.
You can view results of previous surveys at: http://www.west-inc.com/wildlife-life-monitoring-and-research/ .
WEST research biologist Lori Nielsen is attending the North American Ornithological Conference this week in Washington, DC. On Friday August 19, Lori will be presenting “State of science and recommendations for bird electrocution and collision risks with power lines”, as part of a special session on anthropogenic avian mortality issues. This conference brings together leading scientists, researchers, students and experts in the field of ornithology.
A recent WEST report “Range-wide Population Size of the Lesser Prairie-chicken: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016” authored by WEST’s Lyman McDonald, Kristen Nasman, Troy Rintz, Fawn Hornsby, and Grant Gardner is available now. The report was compiled for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies with the objective to implement consistent, statistically robust survey and analysis methods to estimate lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) population size and lek abundance from 2012 to 2016 across the region.
You can access the report at: http://www.west-inc.com/wildlife-life-monitoring-and-research/
A new publication “Multiscale occupancy modeling provides insights into range-wide conservation needs of Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)” was recently published in CONDOR Ornithological Applications. WEST authors include Kristen Nasman, Fawn Hornsby, Troy Rintz and Lyman McDonald.
You can view the open source publication here: http://www.aoucospubs.org/doi/full/10.1650/CONDOR-16-14.1?utm_source=July+2016+Content+Alert&utm_campaign=March+April+2016+Content+Alert&utm_medium=email&
WEST research biologist, Chad LeBeau has received certification as a Certified Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America. To receive this professional certification, ecologists must demonstrate an appropriate level of education and experience applying ecological principles in their careers. Congratulations Chad!
More information on the Certified Ecologist Certification is available here: http://www.esa.org/esa/careers-and-certification/certification/