Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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Year Published: 2021

Historic population estimates for bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Aragua, Venezuela indicate monitoring need

This study reports historic capture-mark-recapture survival and abundance estimates of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) based on photo-identification surveys of coastal Venezuela (along the Aragua coast between Turiamo Bay and Puerto Colombia). We used the most recent data available: dolphins identified by unique dorsal fin marks...

Cobarrubia-Russo, Sergio; Barber-Meyer, Shannon; Barreto, Guillermo R.; Molero-Lizarraga, Alimar

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Year Published: 2021

Upland burning and grazing as strategies to offset climate-change effects on wetlands

Wetland ecosystems perform a multitude of services valued by society and provide critical habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. Despite their importance, wetlands have been lost to different local, regional, and global drivers. Remaining wetlands are extremely sensitive to changing temperature and precipitation regimes. Management of...

McKenna, Owen P.; Renton, David A.; Mushet, David M.; Edward S. DeKeyser

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Year Published: 2021

Fire controls annual bromes in northern great plains grasslands—Up to a point

Concern about the impacts of two invasive annual brome grasses (cheatgrass and Japanese brome, Bromus tectorum L. and B. japonicus Thunb. ex Murray) on the mixed-grass prairie of North America's northern Great Plains (NGP) is growing. Cheatgrass is well known west of the NGP, where replacement of fire-intolerant, native...

Symstad, Amy; Buhl, Deborah A.; Swanson, Daniel J

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Year Published: 2020

Fish out of water: Insights from a case study of a highly social animal that failed the mirror self-recognition test

Mirror self-recognition (MSR) tests have been conducted with a variety of species with the aim of examining whether subject animals have the capacity for self-awareness. To date, the majority of animals that have convincingly passed are highly social mammals whose wild counterparts live in complex societies, though there is much debate concerning...

Barber-Meyer, Shannon; Schmidt, Lori J.

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Year Published: 2020

Wetland conservation in the United States: A swinging pendulum

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Mushet, David M.; Aram Calhoun

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Year Published: 2020

Quantifying and addressing the prevalence and bias of study designs in the environmental and social sciences

Building trust in science and evidence-based decision-making depends heavily on the credibility of studies and their findings. Researchers employ many different study designs that vary in their risk of bias to evaluate the true effect of interventions or impacts. Here, we empirically quantify, on a large scale, the prevalence of different study...

Christie, Alec P.; Abecasis, David; Adjeroud, Mehdi; Alonso, Juan C.; Amano, Tatsuya; Anton, Alvaro; Baldigo, Barry P.; Barrientos, Rafael; Bicknell, Jake E.; Buhl, Deborah A.; Cebrian, Just; Ceia, Ricardo S.; Cibils-Martina, Luciana; Clarke, Sarah; Claudet, Joachim; Craig, Michael D.; Davoult, Dominique; De Backer, Annelies; Donovan, Mary K.; Eddy, Tyler D.; França, Filipe M.; Gardner, Jonathan P.A.; Harris, Bradley P.; Huusko, Ari; Jones, Ian L.; Kelaher, Brendan P.; Kotiaho, Janne S.; López-Baucells, Adrià; Major, Heather L.; Mäki-Petäys, Aki; Martínez-López, Beatriz; Martín, Carlos A.; Martin, Philip A.; Mateos-Molina, Daniel; McConnaughey, Robert A.; Meroni, Michele; Meyer, Christoph F.J.; Mills, Kade; Montefalcone, Monica; Noreika, Norbertas; Palacín, Carlos; Pande, Anjali; Pitcher, C. Roland; Ponce, Carlos; Rinella, Matthew J.; Rocha, Ricardo; Ruiz-Delgado, María C.; Schmitter-Soto, Juan J.; Shaffer, Jill; Sharma, Shailesh; Sher, Anna A.; Stagnol, Doriane; Stanley, Thomas; Stokesbury, Kevin D.E.; Torres, Aurora; Tully, Oliver; Vehanen, Teppo; Watts, Corinne; Zhao, Qingyuan; Sutherland, William J.

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Year Published: 2020

Development of a novel framework for modeling field-scale conservation effects of depressional wetlands in agricultural landscapes

The intermixed cropland, grassland, and wetland ecosystems of the upper mid-western United States combine to provide a suite of valuable ecological services. Grassland and wetland losses in the upper midwestern United States have been extensive, but government-funded conservation programs have protected and restored hundreds of thousands of acres...

McKenna, Owen P.; Osorio, Javier M.; Behrman, Katherine D.; Doro, Luca; Mushet, David M.

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Year Published: 2020

Improving the ability to include freshwater wetland plants in process-based models

Considerable effort and resources have been placed into conservation programs designed to reduce or alleviate negative environmental effects of crop production and into evaluation of the benefits of these programs. Wetlands are an important source of ecosystem services, but modeling wetland plants is an emerging science. To date, wetland plant...

Williams, Amber S.; Mushet, David M.; Lang, Megan; McCarty, Gregory W.; Shaffer, Jill A.; Kahara, Sharon N. ; Johnson, Mari-Vaughn V.; Kiniry, James R.

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Year Published: 2020

Towards a U.S. national program for monitoring native bees

North America has more than 4000 bee species, yet we have little information on the health, distribution, and population trends of most of these species. In the United States, what information is available is distributed across multiple institutions, and efforts to track bee populations are largely uncoordinated on a national scale. An overarching...

Woodward, Hollis; Federman, Sarah; James, Rosalind R.; Danforth, Bryan; Griswold, Terry; Inouye, David W.; McFrederick, Quinn; Morandin, Lora; Paul, Deborah; Sellers, Elizabeth; Strange, James P; Vaughan, Mace; Williams, Neal M.; Branstetter, Michael; Burns, Casey T.; Cane, James; Cariveau, Alison B; Cariveau, Daniel; Childers, Anna; Childers, Christopher; Cox-Foster, Diana L.; Evan, Elaine; Graham, Kelsey K.; Hackett, Kevin; Huntzinger, Kimberly; Irwin, Rebecca; Jha, Shalene; Lawson, Sarah; Liang, Christina; Lopez-Uribe, Margarita M.; Melathopoulos, Andony; Moylett, Heather M.C.; Otto, Clint R. V.; Ponisio, Lauren; Richardson, Leif L; Rose, Robyn; Singh, Rajwinder; Wehling, Wayne

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Year Published: 2020

Wetlands in agricultural landscapes—Significant findings and recent advances from CEAP-Wetlands

The Wetlands Component of the USDA's Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP-Wetlands) is a multi-agency effort advancing science related to quantifying and interpreting effects and effectiveness of conservation practices and programs on ecosystem services provided by wetlands in agricultural landscapes. This special section originated from...

Mushet, David M.; Effland, William R.

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Year Published: 2020

The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri breweri)

Keys to Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri breweri) management include maintaining extensive, unfragmented patches of suitable breeding habitat; reducing conifer cover and height; preventing the invasion of conifers and nonnative plants, especially cheatgrass (downy brome [Bromus tectorum]); minimizing disturbance to soil; and restricting the use...

Walker, Brett L.; Igl, Lawrence D.; Shaffer, Jill A.
Walker, B.L., Igl, L.D., and Shaffer, J.A., 2020, The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri breweri), chap. AA of Johnson, D.H., Igl, L.D., Shaffer, J.A., and DeLong, J.P., eds., The effects of management practices on grassland birds: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1842, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1842AA.

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Year Published: 2020

Climate- versus geographic-dependent patterns in the spatial distribution ofmacroinvertebrate assemblages in New World depressional wetlands

Analyses of biota at lower latitudes may presage impacts of climate change on biota at higher latitudes. Macroinvertebrate assemblages in depressional wetlands may be especially sensitive to climate change because weather‐related precipitation and evapotranspiration are dominant ecological controls on habitats, and organisms of depressional...

Stenert, C.; Pires, M.M.; Epele, L.B.; Grech, M.G.; Maltchik, L.; Mclean, Kyle I.; Mushet, David M.; Batzer, D.P.