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.

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Date published: April 16, 2020
Status: Active

Bat Research

White-nose syndrome (WNS) caused by the fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has decimated hibernating bat populations across North America since it emerged 10 years ago in New York. As Pd has spread across North America, infection dynamics and mortality from WNS have varied among species and across sites. The mechanisms behind vulnerability of species across the current...

Date published: April 16, 2020
Status: Active

Integrating colony counts with NABat acoustic data to reveal the true impacts of White-Nose Syndrome on northern long-eared bats

Bat Research

Research collaboration: Brian Reichert (FORT), Wayne Thogmartin (UMESC), Winifred Frick (Bat Conservation International), Tina Cheng (Bat Conservation International)

The northern long-eared bat...

Date published: April 16, 2020
Status: Active

A continental-scale study of acoustic phenology to improve population monitoring and inform management of hibernating bats

Bat Research

Research collaboration: Winifred Frick (Bat Conservation International), Theodore Weller (U.S. Forest Service), Wayne Thogmartin (UMESC), Craig Willis (University of Winnipeg), and Brian Reichert (FORT...

Date published: April 16, 2020
Status: Active

Modeling the response of cave hibernating Myotis species to white-nose syndrome mitigation tactics

Bat Research

Research collaboration: Robin Russell (NWHC), Tonie Rocke (NWHC), Wayne Thogmartin (UMESC), Evan Grant (PWRC)

White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease devastating cave-hibernating bat species (Myotis spp.) in the eastern...

Date published: April 16, 2020
Status: Active

Developing online integrated data visualization tools for WNS and NABat

Bat Research

Research collaboration: Brian Reichert (FORT), Anne Ballmann (NWHC), Jeremy Coleman (USFWS), Paul Cryan (FORT), Wayne Thogmartin (UMESC), and Katherine Irvine...

Date published: April 16, 2020
Status: Active

Quantifying vulnerability of bat species to White-nose Syndrome across North America

Bat Research

Research collaboration: Winifred Frick (Bat Conservation International), Brian Reichert (FORT), Theodore Weller (US Forest Service), Wayne Thogmartin (UMESC) and the North American Bat Colony Count...

Date published: December 10, 2019
Status: Active

Wildlife Toxicology

The team's long term goal is:

  • Examine the causes, fates, exposures, biological accumulation, and adverse effects (including sublethal effects) of environmental contaminants on animal (largely bird) populations.
Date published: December 10, 2019
Status: Active

Assessing contaminant exposure and effects at Areas of Concern across the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement designated 31 Areas of Concern (AOCs) across the Great Lakes.  The AOCs are geographical areas where significant beneficial use impairment has occurred as a result of human activities.  A beneficial use impairment (BUI) relates to a change in the chemical, physical, or biological integrity of the Great Lakes system sufficient to cause any of the 14...

Date published: December 9, 2019
Status: Active

Assessing contaminant exposure and effects of contaminants of emerging concern in the Great Lakes Basin

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, in addition to designating 31 Areas of Concern (AOCs) across the Great Lakes, also identified contaminants of emerging (CECs) and mutual concern (CMCs) that warranted additional work not only at AOCs but elsewhere within the Great Lakes Basin.   

Date published: January 17, 2018
Status: Active

Common Loon Migration Study

Common loons often migrate several hundred miles to reach coastal waters during fall migration. Information about this part of the loon's life history is not well known.

The use of satellite telemetry allows biologists to track loon movements through distant migrations and during winter. A transmitter attached to a radiomarked loon periodically sends a signal which is detected by a...

Contacts: Kevin P Kenow
Date published: July 17, 2017
Status: Active

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been entrusted to manage our nation’s critical wetland resources. Due to conversion in industrial, residential, and agricultural uses, these wetlands have been disappearing at an alarming rate over the last one-hundred years. In order to better care for these resources, all of the refuges are developing long-term Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP...

Contacts: Larry Robinson
Date published: May 19, 2017
Status: Active

Waterbird Distribution and Foraging Patterns on the Great Lakes with Respect to Avian Botulism

The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) in La Crosse, Wisconsin is studying the distribution and foraging patterns of sentinel fish-eating waterbirds through aerial surveys, and by tracking migration movements coupled with foraging depth profiles of common loons equipped with archival geo-locator tags and satellite transmitters. The results of this work are expected to...