Invasive species are an ever-growing concern for Florida, especially in important environments like the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. One of the best ways to fight back against invasives is the use of the “Early Detection, Rapid Response” (EDRR) system. The earlier we can detect the presence of a nonnative species, and the faster we respond, the better our chance of stopping its spread. For years, USGS Fort Collins Science Center has been working closely with the National Park Service to use trail cameras to observe the presence of any nonnative species and to monitor research assets in remote locations. Currently, we are working in Everglades National Park to detect invading Black and White Tegu lizards as well as in Big Cypress National Preserve researching the invasive Burmese python and monitoring their nest sites (did you know bobcats eat python eggs!?).
|Title||Increasing the efficiency and power of camera traps for EDRR & ecological monitoring|
|Authors||Gretchen Erika Anderson, Amy A. Yackel Adams|
|Series Title||Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Newsletter|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Fort Collins Science Center|