Webinar - Decision support for sage-grouse conservation through range wide mapping of scarce wetland resources

Extent of completed summer habitat (wetland) mapping and sage-grouse distribution dependence analysis (dark gray; 32 million acres).  Light gray area, current sage-grouse range and wetland mapping to be completed (~145 million acres) 2017.

Brought to you by the Sage Grouse Initiative and the Intermountain West Joint Venture

Presented by Patrick Donnelly, Spatial Ecologist/Biologist  
Intermountain West Joint Venture/USFWS, Missoula, MT

Wednesday August 06, 2014  
10AM – 12PM MDT (9AM PDT, 11AM CDT, 12PM EDT) 

Partners are investing significant resources in sage-grouse conservation throughout the West.  To date, most conservation actions have targeted breeding and nesting habitats due to the lack of information necessary to address other lifecycle needs.  Mesic ‘summer habitats’ (e.g. wet meadows, riparian areas, and irrigated alfalfa) are an important resource to sage-grouse.  These areas account for less than 1-2% of the landscape, but concentrate high quality foods late in the growing season (July-September) when other resources are diminished.  This is a biologically meaningful period for sage-grouse when hens move there broods from surrounding nesting areas, near leks, to summer habitats in order to capitalize on food abundance.  To address this life cycle demand the Sage Grouse Initiative has partnered with the Intermountain West Joint Venture and invested in new science to map summer habitats and examine their role in structuring bird distributions.  Initial results and mapping products depicting potential summer habitats are now available, providing decision support to practitioners across 32-million acres in Oregon, California, and northwest Nevada (Donnelly et al. in review; Figure 1).  Additional analysis and mapping for the remainder of sage-grouse range is also underway.

Please join Patrick Donnelly for a webinar to discuss how spatio-temporal variability in summer habitat condition structure sage-grouse distribution and for an overview of the new spatial products generated from this work.  Participants will be introduced to key considerations of map use and the biological findings supporting its application.

Webinar details:

Meeting Number: 449126197
Meeting Passcode: IWJV
Meeting Host: Patrick Donnelly (will show MR KEVIN J KRITZ)

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Phone #: (800) 619-4069
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Click here to read the plan of work to expand this study range wide.  Special thanks to the NRCS (CEAP) and BLM (Montana) for providing the funding that made it possible!