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2016 Partners Meeting:
Zoology Update
Dan Bachen
Senior Zoologist
Montana Natural Heritage Program
Zoology Personnel
Zoology Core Duties
For all animals:
• Conservation Status Rank
• Distribution
• Life history
• Population indices
• Acqui...
~8,000 moth species in MT *
Animal Species in NHP Database
Conservation Status Ranks
Observations Surveys
Species Data
• Range maps created for 180
invertebrate species
• Updated 203 range map
polygons
• 1,639 photos to field gu...
Status Lists Updates
BLM Sensitive/ Special
Status
• Amphibians: 1
removed
• Birds: 11 removed/ 5
added
• Fish: 2 removed
...
Amphibian Inventory
Proportion of wetland complexes where
breeding was detected = 0.62*, N = 74
Bat Acoustic Surveillance
Bat Acoustic Surveillance
= % of 𝑿 Hourly Temperatures
Available
= % of 𝑿 Hourly Temperatures
Used
Acoustic Analysis
• Software upgrades
• Sonobat 4.0
• Kaleidoscope 4.0.1
• CART analysis
• Automate
• Remove noise
consist...
WNS Risk Assessment
• Hibernacula use
• Roost conditions
• Human visitation
Hibernating Bat Counts
Estimated Annual Visita...
Bat Activity
Total =96
WNS Risk at Alternative
Hibernacula?
• Cliff
• Talus
• Badlands
• Others?
2016 M. Septentrionalis Surveys
• 1 previous detection
• 21 mist net surveys along 5
drainages
• 2 individuals at 1 site
•...
Prairie Dog Inventory:
Colony Mapping 2015 NAIP
Active
Inactive
2017 Priorities
• Update status of SOC/ priority species
• Continue bat acoustic and roost monitoring
• M. septentrionalis...
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Zoology Program 2016 update from the Montana Natural Heritage Program's annual partner's meeting held December 1, 2016 in Helena, Montana.

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Zoology Program Update 2016

  1. 1. 2016 Partners Meeting: Zoology Update Dan Bachen Senior Zoologist Montana Natural Heritage Program
  2. 2. Zoology Personnel
  3. 3. Zoology Core Duties For all animals: • Conservation Status Rank • Distribution • Life history • Population indices • Acquire Zoological Data • Projects • Submissions • Provide these data and derived products to Federal, State, Tribal, NGO, and general public
  4. 4. ~8,000 moth species in MT * Animal Species in NHP Database
  5. 5. Conservation Status Ranks
  6. 6. Observations Surveys
  7. 7. Species Data • Range maps created for 180 invertebrate species • Updated 203 range map polygons • 1,639 photos to field guide • 941 invertebrate species now have photos • References • 1,853 new references • 12,930 updated to field guide to 1,558 species • Species accounts • 30 bombus spp. • 218 butterflies completed soon • 134 grasshopper (maps and photos only)
  8. 8. Status Lists Updates BLM Sensitive/ Special Status • Amphibians: 1 removed • Birds: 11 removed/ 5 added • Fish: 2 removed • Mammals: 4 removed • Invertebrates: 1 removed/ 2 added SOC review project 2017 • 100 species • Populate online status and rank reasons Transparent Species Ranks
  9. 9. Amphibian Inventory
  10. 10. Proportion of wetland complexes where breeding was detected = 0.62*, N = 74
  11. 11. Bat Acoustic Surveillance
  12. 12. Bat Acoustic Surveillance = % of 𝑿 Hourly Temperatures Available = % of 𝑿 Hourly Temperatures Used
  13. 13. Acoustic Analysis • Software upgrades • Sonobat 4.0 • Kaleidoscope 4.0.1 • CART analysis • Automate • Remove noise consistently • Rapid identification • Report generation • Activity patterns • Species presence • Reduce costs
  14. 14. WNS Risk Assessment • Hibernacula use • Roost conditions • Human visitation Hibernating Bat Counts Estimated Annual Visitation Mean Temp and Humidity Caves and Mines
  15. 15. Bat Activity Total =96
  16. 16. WNS Risk at Alternative Hibernacula? • Cliff • Talus • Badlands • Others?
  17. 17. 2016 M. Septentrionalis Surveys • 1 previous detection • 21 mist net surveys along 5 drainages • 2 individuals at 1 site • 2 acoustic detectors deployed at mine entrances
  18. 18. Prairie Dog Inventory: Colony Mapping 2015 NAIP Active Inactive
  19. 19. 2017 Priorities • Update status of SOC/ priority species • Continue bat acoustic and roost monitoring • M. septentrionalis • Eastern roost surveys • Habitat use assessments to inform planning efforts • WNS risk at talus, cliff, crevice roost, other alternative hibernacula • Develop a template and automated report for highlighting inventory and monitoring needs across all managed areas • Pursue projects that inform statewide status assessments • “Other” sagebrush dependent species • Distribution and status of shrew species (eDNA?) • Baseline inventories of alpine species • Continue to build a information for important invertebrates as time and funding and available information allow

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