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Accession Number 5001856

Title Adaptive management and assessment of habitat changes on migratory birds

Project Description Adaptive Natural Resources Management is still in its developmental stage, requiring a substantial

research commitment and unprecedented collaboration between Federal research and

management agencies. This work is the first phase of an interagency partnership that brings

together an interdisciplinary team of biologists, geographic information specialists, and computer

specialists at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. This first phase utilizes a test system that

already enjoys an extensive research and monitoring infrastructure. Aerial surveys conducted by

the Fish and Wildlife Service in the wetlands and grasslands of midcontinent United States will be

enhanced with instrumentation to remotely collect habitat information simultaneously with species

information. Survey and analytical modeling tools will be developed to feed back into an adaptive

management approach, initially affecting both species management (hunting regulations) and

habitat management responsibilities of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and to evaluate the

efficacy of the North American Waterfowl and Wetlands Management Plan. First phase research

elements focus on remote sensing and analytic tools development, including air reconnaissance

design, systems design for geospatial habitat data from aerial, satellite and ground surveys,

design of data management systems, development of procedures for habitat data display, habitat

pattern recognition and interpretation, development of data integration capabilities, and modeling of

habitat effects on species. Subsequent phases will involve refinement of ground based habitat/

population relationships, expansion to other wetland/waterfowl systems, and extension of the

approaches and tools to other species of migratory birds in other habitats, including species at

risk, endangered species and nongame migrant birds. In these phases the team will expand to

scientists from other locations and to include ground based expertise.

Keywords adaptive management, gis, harvest management, landscape ecology, north american plan,

wetland ecology,

Principal William L Kendall, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: William_Kendall@usgs.gov; James

Investigators Nichols, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: Jim_Nichols@usgs.gov; John R Sauer,

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: John_R_Sauer@usgs.gov; Kenneth Reinecke, USGS

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: Ken_Reinecke@usgs.gov; Daniel Twedt, USGS Patuxent

Wildlife Research Center: Dan_Twedt@usgs.gov; Glenn Guntensbergen, USGS Patuxent Wildlife

Research Center: Glenn_Guntensbergen@usgs.gov; Jerry Longcore, USGS Patuxent Wildlife

Research Center: Jerry_Longcore@usgs.gov; Fred A Johnson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

Office of Migratory Bird Management: Fred_A_Johnson@fws.gov; James R Dubovsky, U.S. Fish

and Wildlife Service, Office of Migratory Bird Management: James_Dubovsky@fws.gov; Rex

Johnson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Waterfowl and Wetlands Office:

Rex_Johnson@fws.gov; Mark Koneff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Waterfowl

and Wetlands Office: Mark_Koneff@fws.gov; Andrew Royle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office

of Migratory Bird Management: Andy_Royle@fws.gov; James Wortham, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service, Office of Migratory Bird Management: Jim_Wortham@fws.gov; Jay Hestbeck, U.S. Fish

and Wildlife Service, Region 5: ; Hal Laskowski, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5: ; Jan

Taylor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5: ; Charles Baxter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture: ; Michael Runge, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research

Center: Michael_Runge@usgs.gov;

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