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
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
As a child my mother told me I would never have a career that kept me playing in the mud…..well she was only partially right. The mud of Texas coastal marshes hold the secrets of times gone past. We are currently starting a study of sediment depositions and elevation levels to understand past and current … Continue reading Tides, Marsh Tales, and Mud Pies?
Getting the big picture Light Detection and Ranging airborne remote sensing technology, widely known as “LiDAR,” is being used more frequently as data collection and computing power for processing it become more affordable. It is often used to create a very detailed model of elevation and topography that can be used in a geographic information … Continue reading Linking “the clouds” to endangered songbird habitat conservation and management
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is home to 8 species that are listed as Federally Threatened or Endangered, and to several additional species listed as Threatened or Endangered by the State of New Mexico. Among the Federally Endangered species is a tiny snail, so small it went unnoticed until 1987. Pecos assiminea (Assiminea pecos) ranges … Continue reading Among the tiniest of snails…
It’s remarkable to find a great leader who possesses an outstanding scientific mind; in the Southwest Region, the Chief of Biological Sciences, Grant Harris, has the rare qualities of both. Harris took over the Chief role in 2010 when the Biological Services group consisted of two half-time staff. Now, nearly two years later, the group encompasses … Continue reading Scientific Leadership Award goes to Southwest Region Chief of Biological Sciences Grant Harris
Population counts of Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens) maternity colonies have been performed annually for several decades. The process consists of lighting the cave entrance with infrared lights and using night vision goggles to determine how many Ozark big-eared bats fly out. Bats are extremely good fliers and can exit out of the cave … Continue reading Ozark big-eared bat monitoring at Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge