Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Wildlife Ecology

The Wildlife Ecology program provides scientific information to UMESC's partners to support the conservation and management of terrestrial (primarily amphibian and reptile) and aerial (birds and bat) species.

Filter Total Items: 35
Date published: October 27, 2021
Status: Active

Department of Interior the Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award for FY19-20 for efforts associated with the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

 Congratulations to the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership for receiving a 2020 Department of the Interior Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award. The Team received this award in the Trailblazer category for efforts to address concerns related to the Monarch butterfly including conducting extinction risk research to establish the minimum overwintering population size required to...

Date published: January 12, 2021
Status: Active

TrendPowerTool: A web lookup tool for estimating the statistical power of a monitoring program to detect population trends

A simulation-based power analysis can be used to estimate the sample sizes needed for a successful monitoring program, but requires technical expertise and sometimes extensive computing resources. We developed a web-based lookup app, called TrendPowerTool, to provide guidance for ecological monitoring programs when resources are not...

Date published: July 29, 2020
Status: Active

Decision-support tool for managing endangered species in the face of uncertainty

Along the Santa Clara River in California, populations of the federally and state-listed Least Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) are recovering from near extirpation. Habitat protection and restoration, as well as reducing brood parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds (...

Contacts: Jessica C Stanton, Wayne E Thogmartin, Ph.D., Barbara Kus, Jenny Marek, Eric Morrissette, Linnea S. Hall, Allison Alvarado, Bruce K. Orr, Laura Riege
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Development of Sampling Protocols and Diagnostic Tools for Assessment of Freshwater Mussel Health

Assessing Impacts of Emerging and Established Diseases to Aquatic Ecosystems

The role of disease in freshwater mussel declines has been largely ignored due to the lack of appropriate diagnostic tools....

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Development of a Broad Microarray Technology to Survey for Aquatic Pathogens

Assessing Impacts of Emerging and Established Diseases to Aquatic Ecosystems

The need to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems and sustain healthy communities is greatly recognized. Aquatic pathogens pose a...

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Assessing Impacts of Emerging and Established Diseases to Aquatic Ecosystems

Native freshwater mussels play a critical role in aquatic environments and are considered “ecosystem engineers” and indicators of water quality by constantly filtering water. Populations of native freshwater mussels have declined in recent years, and this decline has been attributed to factors such as habitat degradation, pollution, and invasive species, among others. The importance of these...

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Investigation Into Mass Mussel Die-off Events

Assessing Impacts of Emerging and Established Diseases to Aquatic Ecosystems

The decline of native freshwater mussels has the potential to devastate aquatic communities. Although factors such as habitat...

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Management Tools for Dreissenid Mussels

Dreissenid mussels have posed an aquatic invasive species challenge in the United States since their arrival in the Great Lakes in the 1980s. Zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) and Quagga (D. bugensis) mussels are filter feeders with high reproductive capacity. Their behaviors result in altered nutrient cycles, shifts in trophic structures, and extirpation of some native species in...

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Development of Selective Control Tools

Management Tools for Dreissenid Mussels

Currently, dreissenid mussel populations are spreading and becoming a growing problem in many aquatic systems, making it important to find management techniques that are selective for the invasive...

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Evaluation of Carbon Dioxide to Control Dreissenid Mussels

Management Tools for Dreissenid Mussels

Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been suggested as a chemical control for a variety of invasive aquatic organisms, including Asian Carp. USGS researchers and partners evaluated the efficacy of low CO...

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 29, 2020
Status: Active

Evaluation of Copper as a Control Agent for Invasive Mussels

Management Tools for Dreissenid Mussels

USGS researchers and partners conducted an experimental application of low dose copper, as EarthTecQZ, to a bay in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota.  The veliger density and settlement were compared to that...

Contacts: Diane Waller
Date published: May 26, 2020
Status: Active

Monarch Conservation Planning Tools

Monarch Conservation Science Partnership Online Map Viewer

Desktop Monarch Conservation Planning Tools

Jason Rohweder, Wayne E. Thogmartin

U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center