Wildlife Management Institute

Opening Remarks by Steve Williams at the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:23

image of North American conference room during opening remarks, Credit: Land Tawney

Welcome to the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. WMI thanks you and all the conference partners, exhibitors, and state agency sponsors, who are critical to making this conference successful. I also offer special thanks to Jim Douglas for his “Welcome to Nebraska” address.

Conservation Briefs
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:32

Conservation Briefs is a compilation of short news stories of interest to Outdoor News Bulletin readers. The stories cover a number of issues that have developed in the past month or provide updates on issues that were featured in previous ONB editions. Each story includes links to online resources for more details on each topic.

This Month:

First Regional Trends in Anuran Occupancy Published with Support from RCN Grants Program
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:51

Image of Fowler's Toad, Credit: Vicki DeLoach, Flickr

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center presented their findings from the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), a long-term monitoring program that uses data collected by users at roadside locations using a calling survey technique. The data were collected from 11 Northeastern states over 11 years and represent the first regional, long-term assessments of frogs and amphibians. The manuscript, published in the journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology, was supported by a 2010 Regional Conservation Needs Grants program award.

WMI Landscapes: Appalachian LCC Releases Online Mapping Tool
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:03

image of Appalachian LCC online mapping tool interface

A new study and online mapping tool developed by The Nature Conservancy through a grant from the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) assesses energy development potential and current trends of wind, shale gas, and coal and shows where these may overlap with important natural resources and associated benefits – such as municipal drinking water supplies. The tool will give a full picture of what future energy development could look like in the Central and Southern Appalachians and is intended to inform discussions among conservation agencies and organizations, industry, policy makers, regulators and the public on how to protect essential natural resources while realizing the benefits of increased domestic energy production.

WMI President Receives Conservation Award from NWTF
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:44

At their annual convention in February, WMI President Steve Williams received the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award. The award recognizes Williams’ lifetime career achievements that are helping to conserve wildlife and preserve our hunting heritage.

CRU Corner: Vulnerability Assessment Data to Categorize Focal Species in New York
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:52

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoimage of Cerulean warbler, Credit: USGSIn late December, the New York (NY) State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released an updated draft list of the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). DEC used a model developed for them by Dr. Angela Fuller and Dr. Mitchell Eaton of the US Geological Survey (USGS) NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (CRU) at Cornell University to analyze vulnerability assessment data and categorize SGCN based on data concerning their status. Data inputs to the model included the species’ current trends in abundance and distribution in New York and neighboring states, rarity, intrinsic vulnerability, relative contribution of New York to the North American population and distribution, threats, and estimates of certainty from the expert meetings that were held to review species assessment data.