“Backpacks for Birds” explains golden-cheeked warbler migratory connectivity research

How do you ensure conservation of a species that spends less than half of its life on protected breeding areas? The first step is to learn where they go. That is not so easy when working with an organism like the golden-cheeked warbler, a Neotropical migrant that weighs one-third of an ounce (a little less … Continue reading “Backpacks for Birds” explains golden-cheeked warbler migratory connectivity research

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Paige Schmidt gives presentation at Louisiana State University; serves as mentor to Native Student Professional Development Program

Dr. Paige Schmidt was recently invited by Louisiana State University’s School of Natural Resources to provide a seminar. Her presentation, “The role of science in the National Wildlife Refuge System: examples from Oklahoma and Texas” was well received. The examples she discussed included snowy plover monitoring at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge (NWR); evaluation of … Continue reading Paige Schmidt gives presentation at Louisiana State University; serves as mentor to Native Student Professional Development Program

Butler and Moon receive honors at the Texas Chapter of TWS

Dr. M. Butler proudly displaying the awardThe Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society met in February 2016 and recognized Dr. Matthew Butler as lead author for the "Best Technical Publication". Specifically, the publication is the I&M protocol for surveying  whooping cranes at and around Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas  (get protocol). Co-authors include: Cinthia Eichhorn, the talented Data … Continue reading Butler and Moon receive honors at the Texas Chapter of TWS

Southwest Inventory and Monitoring Program assists with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banding program

During the month of August 2014, Region 2 Division of Biological Science’s Jeremy Edwardson (Wildlife Biologist, Okmulgee, OK), partook in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s high priority waterfowl banding program in Canada. The waterfowl banding program is a large-scale effort that is essential in monitoring migrating waterfowl and provides crucial information on migratory bird hunting … Continue reading Southwest Inventory and Monitoring Program assists with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banding program

Monitoring Ocelots in Tamaulipas Mexico

In 2012, the USFWS entered into a binational partnership with the Civil Society for the Conservancy and Development of Natural Areas (CDEN), Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Gladys Porter Zoo, and (in 2013) the San Antonio Zoo. This partnership was formed to locate a large population of ocelots in northern Tamaulipas, Mexico, to assess if … Continue reading Monitoring Ocelots in Tamaulipas Mexico

Little River Inventory and Monitoring Plan is Approved

Little River NWR completed their Inventory and Monitoring Plan (IMP) with a team including Refuge Manager David Weaver, Refuge Forester John Stephens, Zone Biologist Paige Schmidt, Regional I&M Coordinator Kris Metzger, Lead Biologist for National I&M Program Peter Dratch, Zone Biologist for Central and Eastern Texas Jim Mueller, Zone Biologist for Great Plains Bill Johnson, … Continue reading Little River Inventory and Monitoring Plan is Approved