This is a webinar for the Bird Alliance Education for Conservation hosted by the Sonoran Joint Venture and the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
Shifting diversity patterns and species turnover are fundamental concerns about how climate change will influence desert ecosystems. Scientists, managers, and-policy makers are searching for metrics to assist in the prediction of ecosystem responses to climate change.
As one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Geospatial Program, The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation.
Melanie Murphy from the University of Wyoming discusses her research related to wetland hydroperiod and climate change. Wetland hydroperiod, the length of time water is available in wetlands, is particularly sensitive to changes in precipitation, temperature and timing due to climate variation.
Rapid ongoing climate change presents new challenges to natural resource managers. Effects are usually at large landscape scales and management actions must account for future uncertainty, often based solely on locally available data.
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Ben Rashford (University of Wyoming), Anne Schrag (World Wildlife Fund) and Johann Walker (Ducks Unlimited, Inc.) provide an overview of grassland conversion risk in the plains and prairie pothole region.
The capacity for evaporative heat dissipation has been largely overlooked in consideration of future species' distributions, but varies greatly across terrestrial vertebrate taxa and will have a critical influence on species persistence in many environments.
Rick Nelson provides a summary of the steering committee meeting, Jeff Stoner outlines a potential energy concept project and requests comments and feedback from the team. Larry Gigliotti discussed the human dimensions proposal topic alongside Megan Cross.
Currently, two REAs have been completed within the Deset LCC boundary (Sonoran and Mojave Basin and Range). REAs covering Madrean Archipelago and Chihuahuan Desert ecoregions were started in FY12.
Scenario Planning from Construction of Narratives to Evaluation of Options
Technical Committee webinar with special focus on prioritization of human dimensions/habitat loss projects, discussion on upcoming steering committee meeting, Web site development and online workspace/LCC communications.
The Nature Conservancy and hosted by the Southern Rockies LCC.
Presented on Thursday August 15th at 11:00 a.m. to noon (MT)
Kevin Doherty (FWS) discusses a project that a number of LCC's and JV's are collaborating on entitled "Development of an Automated Process to Identify Conservation Critical Land-use Change with High Resolution Satellite Imagery".
Lisa McCauley and Mike Anteau with U.S. Geological Survey discuss ongoing research on the interactions of consolidation drainage and climate on water-level dynamics, wetland productivity, and waterbirds.
Presented by the Conservation Biology Institute and hosted by the Southern Rockies LCC. This project is funded in part by the SRLCC.
Conserving and Restoring Fens and Other Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems in the Northern Prairies, presented by Phil Gerla, The Nature Conservancy
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to maintaining wildlife populations and overall biodiversity. Wildlife biologists need to be addressing this threat both in policy arenas as well as in on-the-ground management activities.
World Wildlife Fund's Anne Schrag presents a tool developed to assist with landscape level planning.
Dr. Jeff Lovich, USGS, Southwest Biological Science Center, will present a review of peer-reviewed published information on impacts from renewable energy development in the Desert Southwest on non-volant (non-flying) terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
Building the Foundation for International Conservation Planning for the Prairie Pothole Ecosystem
Amy Symstad, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, discusses research funded through the National Climate Predictions and Projections Pilot project.
Tom Melius, Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Terry Steinwand, Director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, co-chair the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Technical Committee members hear from Rick Sodja on a recently funded North Central Climate Science Center project that integrates climate and biological data into land management decision models to assess species and habitat vulnerab
Rex Johnson from the U.S. FIsh and Wildlife Service Habitat and Population Evaluation Team presents on conservation efficiency as a function of outcomes achieved and dollars expended.
Tom Melius is Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region and serves as the Steering Committee Co-Chair of the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative.