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Vascular Plant and Vertebrate Inventory of Montezuma Castle National Monument

July 28, 2007

Executive Summary

We summarize past inventory efforts for vascular plants and vertebrates at Montezuma Castle National Monument (NM) in Arizona. We used data from previous research to compile complete species lists for the monument and to assess inventory completeness.

There have been 784 species recorded at Montezuma Castle NM, of which 85 (11%) are non-native.

In each taxon-specific chapter we highlight areas of resources that contributed to species richness or unique species for the monument. Of particular importance are Montezuma Well and Beaver and Wet Beaver creeks and the surrounding riparian vegetation, which are responsible for the monument having one of the highest numbers of bird species in the Sonoran Desert Network of park units. Beaver Creek is also home to populations of federally-listed fish species of concern. Other important resources include the cliffs along the creeks and around Montezuma Well (for cliff and cave roosting bats).

Based on the review of past studies, we believe the inventory for most taxa is nearly complete, though some rare or elusive species will be added with additional survey effort. We recommend additional inventory, monitoring and research studies.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2006
Title Vascular Plant and Vertebrate Inventory of Montezuma Castle National Monument
DOI 10.3133/ofr20061163
Authors Cecilia A. Schmidt, Charles A. Drost, William Lee Halvorson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2006-1163
Index ID ofr20061163
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southwest Biological Science Center