Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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Year Published: 2021

U.S. Geological Survey—Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 2019–20 research activity report

The mission of Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is to provide scientific information needed to conserve and manage the Nation’s natural capital for current and future generations, with an emphasis on migratory birds, Department of the Interior trust resources, and ecosystems of the Nation’s interior. This report provides an overview of...

Sherfy, Mark H.
Sherfy, M.H., ed., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey—Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 2019–20 research activity report: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1481, 67 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1481.

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Year Published: 2021

Balancing the need for seed against invasive species risks in prairie habitat restorations

Adequate diversity and abundance of native seed for large-scale grassland restorations often require commercially produced seed from distant sources. However, as sourcing distance increases, the likelihood of inadvertent introduction of multiple novel, non-native weed species as seed contaminants also increases. We created a model to determine an...

Larson, Jennifer L; Larson, Diane L.; Venette, Robert

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The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Keys to Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) management include providing open grasslands with sparse-to-moderate herbaceous and litter cover and a woody component and allowing occasional burning or moderate grazing. Lark Sparrows have been reported to use habitats with 10–63 centimeters (cm) average vegetation height, 10–54 percent grass cover, 9–...

Shaffer, Jill A.; Igl, Lawrence D.; Johnson, Douglas H.; Sondreal, Marriah L.; Goldade, Christopher M.; Parkin, Barry D.; Euliss, Betty R.
Shaffer, J.A., Igl, L.D., Johnson, D.H., Sondreal, M.L., Goldade, C.M., Parkin, B.D., and Euliss, B.R., 2021, The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus), chap. DD 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, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1842DD.

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U.S. Geological Survey migratory bird science, 2020–21

Bird conservation as an endeavor engages a broad range of partners and a coordinated effort across State and Federal agencies, nongovernment organizations, universi­ties and, at times, international partnerships. To understand information needs and respond to the many challenges in bird conservation, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scien­tists...

Pearse, Aaron T.; Sherfy, Mark H.; Wimer, Mark; Khalil, Mona; Wiltermuth, Mark
Pearse, A.T., Sherfy, M.H., Wimer, M., Khalil, M., and Wiltermuth, M.T., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey migratory bird science, 2020–21: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1480, 131 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1480.

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Year Published: 2021

Migrating whooping cranes avoid wind-energy infrastructure when selecting stopover habitat

Electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has increased dramatically worldwide in recent decades. Risks associated with wind-energy infrastructure are not well understood for endangered whooping cranes or other vulnerable crane populations. From 2010 to 2016, we monitored 57 whooping cranes with remote-telemetry devices in the United...

Pearse, Aaron T.; Metzger, Kristine L.; Brandt, David A.; Shaffer, Jill; Bidwell, Mark T.; Harrell, Wade C.
Pearse, A.T., K.L. Metzger, D.A. Brandt, J.A. Shaffer. M.T. Bidwell, and W. Harrell. 2021. Migrating whooping cranes avoid wind-energy infrastructure when selecting stopover habitat. Ecological Applications. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2324

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Year Published: 2021

Spatial variation in population dynamics of northern Great Plains piping plovers

Metapopulation dynamics are determined not only by within-patch birth and death processes but also by between-patch movements of individuals (emigration and immigration). To conserve and manage a species that has a metapopulation structure, defined by local populations that are distributed among patches of suitable habitat, we need to understand...

Swift, Rose J.; Anteau, Michael J.; Ellis, Kristen S.; Ring, Megan M.; Sherfy, Mark H.; Toy, Dustin L.; Koons, David N.
Swift, R.J., Anteau, M.J., Ellis, K.S., Ring, M.M., Sherfy, M.H., Toy, D.L., and Koons, D.N., 2021, Spatial variation in population dynamics of northern Great Plains piping plovers: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1152, 211 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201152.

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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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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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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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A century of pollen foraging by the endangered rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis): Inferences from molecular sequencing of museum specimens

In 2017 the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) became the first bee listed under the Endangered Species Act in the continental United States due to population declines and an 87% reduction in the species’ distribution. Bombus affinis decline began in the 1990s, predating modern bee surveying initiatives, and obfuscating drivers of...

Simanonok, Michael; Otto, Clint R. V.; Cornman, Robert S.; Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Strange, James P; Smith, Tamara A.

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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