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Special Sessions Set for the 82nd North American
Monday, 15 August 2016 10:18

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The Steering Committee for the 2017 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference has announced the event’s line-up of four concurrent Special Sessions scheduled to follow the Plenary Session on Wednesday, March 8. Following are brief descriptions of the session topics drafted by Special Session co-chairs in coordination with the Program Committee.

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TRACS Review Underway
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:54

In July, WMI began conducting a thorough review and evaluation of the Tracking and Reporting Actions for the Conservation of Species (TRACS) system. This review, commissioned by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is critical for the continued long-standing support for the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program, which administers funds to states from the Pittman-Robertson Act, the Dingell-Johnson Act, and State Wildlife Grants, among others. This review is necessary in order to maximize the likelihood of achieving the common vision for TRACS among all partners and to minimize undue burdens placed upon the partners due to misinterpretation or miscommunication.

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Conservation Briefs
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:39

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:

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WMI Landscapes: Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Takes a Close Look at Freshwater Mussels
Monday, 15 August 2016 10:08

image of Quadrula Mussels, Credit: USFWS Endangered Species, FlickrNative freshwater mussels play a critical role in river and stream ecology by influencing nutrient cycles and macro-invertebrate diversity. Mussels are also sensitive to changes in aquatic habitat conditions including water quality, fish communities, and physical changes in the streambeds, which make them a good indicator of aquatic habitat status. However, in spite of their broad distribution and species diversity, relatively little is known about the life history, distribution, and ecology of these important bivalves. What is known is that freshwater mussels have drastically declined in many areas due to habitat changes, water pollution and over-exploitation. For all these reasons, the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCP LCC) Steering Committee designated the most diverse genus of mussels in the LCC’s landscape, Quadrula spp., as a focal group in their Science Strategy. Before the LCC could design conservation measures for the genus, it needed to find out what was known about Quadrula mussels and what conservation approaches hold promise for these animals.

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CRU Corner: Unmanned Aerial System Prototype Ignites Prescribed Fire in Nebraska
Friday, 12 August 2016 14:43

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoOperators are able to ignite fires from safe vantage points far from flame fronts. Photo by Craig Allen, USGSThe USGS Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in partnership with the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems Lab (NIMBUS) and the Applied Complex Adaptive Systems Lab have designed a drone prototype that drops balls filled with combustible material to ignite fire as part of prescribed fire management. The paper, Smokey comes of age: unmanned aerial systems for fire management, is published in the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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Founded in 1911, WMI is a private, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization, dedicated to the conservation, enhancement and professional management of North America's wildlife and other natural resources.

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