NOROCK EcoLunch Seminar Series
NOROCK EcoLunch is a forum for students, researchers, visiting scientists and collaborators in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Presentations will range from brown bag discussions of ongoing projects to more formal seminar presentations.
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 12 p.m. Mountain Time
Presenter: John Carlson, Sage-Grouse Implementation Lead, Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management
Title: BLM Sage-Grouse Management in Montana and the Dakotas - Where Are We Now?
Abstract: John Carlson, Sage-Grouse Implementation Lead for the Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management, will discuss the current status of BLM sage-grouse management in Montana and the Dakotas, including an overview of the planning decisions currently being implemented as well as a summary of the ongoing sage-grouse science being conducted. He would then like to discuss sage-grouse related research needs, and opportunities for USGS collaboration with the BLM.
Location: First Floor Conference Room "Madison Room"- NOROCK, 2327 University Way, Suite 2. (Click HERE for directions)
Meeting ID: 999209
March 27 - John Carlson, BLM sage-grouse
April 10 - Brooke Regan, GYE Recreation Inventory
April 24 - Kathi Irvine, Bats and Stats at NOROCK
Mountain ecosystems are expected to change with continued reductions in annual snowpack that have been observed worldwide over the past half-century. Recent snow droughts in North America have been attributed to unusually warm temperatures that cause winter precipitation to fall as rain, rather than snow. Many species of alpine wildlife depend on snowpack for insulation from extreme cold and for cover from predators. Beneath the snow, air temperature is stable near 0°C, even when ambient temperatures fall far below freezing. Snowpack also influences the availability of forage for wildlife through the timing of melt-off and provision of water for plants during the growing season. Without snowpack, plants are more vulnerable to frost damage, which can lead to changes in habitat quality for wildlife.