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Zoology Program Update
Bryce A. Maxell
Program Coordinator
(406) 444-3989
bmaxell@mt.gov
Braden Burkholder
Biologist / Bio...
Senior Zoologist Position
• Posted at http://bit.ly/1426mtnhp
• Open until January 15th
• Combination of natural history, ...
Animal Observations/Surveys
Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Observations 1,334,551 1,438,742 1,562,954 1,672,449
%...
Species Occurrence Updates
for Environmental Reviews
• Updated 37 vertebrates and 31 invertebrates
• Reviewed and/or updat...
Field Guide Updates
• Updated Species Accounts
for 10 Species of Concern
• Literature references now
correct for all Speci...
• Ran updated models for 11 species
Baird’s Sparrow, Bald Eagle, Canada Lynx, Fisher, Idaho Giant Salamander, Long-
billed...
SOC List Updates
Red Knot
(ESA Listed Threatened, SSS, G4, SNA)
Caenis youngi – A Mayfly
Removal from SOC
Northern Myotis
...
Bat Surveillance Efforts
Northern Myotis Surveys
Working with Cavers
Map and Photo by
Hans Bodenhamer
Educational Signs – Example Small Internal Mount
Visitation and Bat Activity Monitoring
Growth of Pseudogymnoascus destructans
(Verant et al. 2012, PLoS One 7(9):e46280)
Temperature (Degrees Celsius)
Lewis&Clar...
Bat Acoustic Surveillance Network
Acoustic Information Through September 2015
• 44,748 nights sampled across 76 detectors (30 active)
• 520,328 hours of bat...
Weather Data
http://mesowest.utah.edu/ • Station ID and start and end date of interest
• Build URL Code that includes Meso...
Statewide Bat Activity
Total weekly bat passes
week and month of year
Statewide Acoustic Detections by Month
All Previous Data (blue shading), Probable (black), Definitive (red)
Temperatures (°C) of Activity
= Background Temperatures Available
= Flight Temperatures Used
* Coldest confirmed flight te...
Wind Speeds (M/sec) of Activity
= Background Wind Speeds Available
= Wind Speeds Used
Barometric Pressure Change and Activity
= Hourly Barometric Pressure Changes Available (millibars of mercury)
= Hourly Bar...
Moon Illumination and Activity
= Moon Illumination Hours Available
= Moon Illumination Hours Used
0 = No moon illumination...
Upcoming Zoology Efforts
• Field Guide species accounts for pollinators
• Update data exchange MOU with FWP
• Data review,...
Zoology 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program
Zoology 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program
Zoology 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program
Zoology 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program
Zoology 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program
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Zoology 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program

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Presentation by Program Coordinator, Bryce Maxell, and Biological Data Analyst, Braden Burkholder, on Zoology Program updates in 2015 at the Montana Natural Heritage Program's annual partners meeting at Montana Wild in Helena Montana on December 7th, 2015.

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Zoology 2015 Update Montana Natural Heritage Program

  1. 1. Zoology Program Update Bryce A. Maxell Program Coordinator (406) 444-3989 bmaxell@mt.gov Braden Burkholder Biologist / Biological Data Analyst Montana Natural Heritage Program (406) 444-0202 bburkholder@mt.gov Montana Natural Heritage Program Partner’s Meeting December 7, 2015 Shannon Hilty Ellen Whittle mtnhp.org
  2. 2. Senior Zoologist Position • Posted at http://bit.ly/1426mtnhp • Open until January 15th • Combination of natural history, database, writing, and entrepreneurial skills • Search committee is composed of MTNHP, BLM, FWP, and USFS representatives • Aiming for person in place by late February
  3. 3. Animal Observations/Surveys Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Observations 1,334,551 1,438,742 1,562,954 1,672,449 % Obs Pending Final Review 12% 12% 12% 0.1% SOC 16% Overall Surveys 146,306 159,448 166,513 182,608 Observations Surveys *Added FWP Scientific Collector’s Permit data between 2006 and 2014. **About to start a new exchange of data with Ebird.
  4. 4. Species Occurrence Updates for Environmental Reviews • Updated 37 vertebrates and 31 invertebrates • Reviewed and/or updated 28,500+ observation records for Species of Concern • Updated >9,500 Species Occurrences • Created >700 new Species Occurrences including 187 new bat roosts and 104 new bat SOs from acoustic monitoring * Special Thanks to Braden Burkholder, Scott Blum & Karen Newlon!
  5. 5. Field Guide Updates • Updated Species Accounts for 10 Species of Concern • Literature references now correct for all Species of Concern. • Updated or created range maps for 63 SOC & PSOC • Custom Field Guide Reports * Special Thanks to Shannon Hilty & Karen Newlon!
  6. 6. • Ran updated models for 11 species Baird’s Sparrow, Bald Eagle, Canada Lynx, Fisher, Idaho Giant Salamander, Long- billed Curlew, Marten, Spalding’s Catchfly, Sprague’s Pipit, Ute Ladies’-Tresses, Whitebark Pine • Have models for most SOC and many Non-SOC. • On verge of ability to automate model production Predicted Distribution Models Long-billed Curlew
  7. 7. SOC List Updates Red Knot (ESA Listed Threatened, SSS, G4, SNA) Caenis youngi – A Mayfly Removal from SOC Northern Myotis (ESA Listed Threatened, SSS, G1G3, SU) G4 – S3 Removal From Species of Greatest Inventory Need Harlequin Duck Eastern Screech-Owl Great Horned Owl Long-eared Owl Northern Saw-whet Owl Short-eared Owl Special Status Species Designations
  8. 8. Bat Surveillance Efforts
  9. 9. Northern Myotis Surveys
  10. 10. Working with Cavers Map and Photo by Hans Bodenhamer
  11. 11. Educational Signs – Example Small Internal Mount
  12. 12. Visitation and Bat Activity Monitoring
  13. 13. Growth of Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Verant et al. 2012, PLoS One 7(9):e46280) Temperature (Degrees Celsius) Lewis&ClarkCaverns LickCreekCaveandOphirCave MysteryCave AzureCave WhitakerSink
  14. 14. Bat Acoustic Surveillance Network
  15. 15. Acoustic Information Through September 2015 • 44,748 nights sampled across 76 detectors (30 active) • 520,328 hours of bat detector deployment • >6.25 million bat passes recorded • 40,000 call sequences examined by hand • 6,261 call sequences definitively identified to species • 2,104 records of monthly species presence in Montana • 8,440,361 temperature logger records • 61,318,343 weather station records across 625 stations
  16. 16. Weather Data http://mesowest.utah.edu/ • Station ID and start and end date of interest • Build URL Code that includes MesoWest token • Import site specific CSV files into SQL Server *Code in Montana Bat/WNS Surveillance Plan
  17. 17. Statewide Bat Activity Total weekly bat passes week and month of year
  18. 18. Statewide Acoustic Detections by Month All Previous Data (blue shading), Probable (black), Definitive (red)
  19. 19. Temperatures (°C) of Activity = Background Temperatures Available = Flight Temperatures Used * Coldest confirmed flight temperature is -8.6 C from an unidentified 40 kHz Myotis
  20. 20. Wind Speeds (M/sec) of Activity = Background Wind Speeds Available = Wind Speeds Used
  21. 21. Barometric Pressure Change and Activity = Hourly Barometric Pressure Changes Available (millibars of mercury) = Hourly Barometric Pressure Changes Used (millibars of mercury)
  22. 22. Moon Illumination and Activity = Moon Illumination Hours Available = Moon Illumination Hours Used 0 = No moon illumination 1 = Full Moon Less than Expected More than Expected More than Expected Less than Expected
  23. 23. Upcoming Zoology Efforts • Field Guide species accounts for pollinators • Update data exchange MOU with FWP • Data review, SO, & predictive model automation • Reports for existing bat acoustic monitoring data • Bat acoustic monitoring by habitat cover type • Continue bat roost monitoring • Statewide amphibian calling surveys • Western Toad breeding site monitoring • Pryor Mtns Bat/Cave Surveys & Conservation Plan • Northern Goshawk, Raptor, and Bird Surveys on Ashland & Sioux Districts of Custer Forest • Bat roost and mist net surveys for BLM

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