Wildlife Management Institute

New FWS Report Spotlights Wetland Loss in Prairie Pothole Region
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:20

image of geese flock at Kulm Wetland Management District, ND, Credit: USFWS, Mountain-Prairie, Flickr

A report released July 1 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Status and Trends of Prairie Wetlands in the United States, 1997-2009, estimates that the total wetland loss in the Prairie Pothole Region between 1997 and 2009 was 74,340 acres, according to the Wildlife Management Institute. This amounts to an average net loss of 6,200 acres of wetlands per year. However, the report notes that emergent wetlands (emergent marshes and farmed wetlands) declined by an estimated 95,340 acres and shrub wetlands also declined by 46,080 acres. These losses were offset by the increase of 61,280 acres in forested wetlands and the 5,800 acres of new open water ponds over the 12-year period.

WMI Landscapes - North Atlantic LCC Grantee Classifies Marine Habitats
Monday, 14 July 2014 14:17

In 2011, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) was awarded a grant from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC) to apply a classification scheme for marine habitats, the Coastal Marine and Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS), at multiple scales. The recently completed project, Application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standards (CMECS) in the Northeast, tested the utility of the classification standard in crosswalking and mapping legacy classified benthic habitat data at the local, subregional and regional scales.

New Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America Available for Pre-Order
Monday, 14 July 2014 14:09

image of Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America book set

The long-anticipated update of the Wildlife Management Institute’s classic waterfowl reference guide, Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America, is now available for pre-order and will be shipped this fall. The full color, two-edition set features fully revised and updated information on the continent’s 46 species of waterfowl and includes a CD with reference information and additional maps. An excerpt of the book is available for review.

Updated WMI Hunting Publication Available
Monday, 14 July 2014 14:00

image of youth hunter, Credit: Jon Marshall, Flickr

The Wildlife Management Institute is very pleased to announce that its newly updated, revised and expanded booklet, Placing Hunting in Perspective is now available for purchase from the WMI online store.

Initially released in 1992, the booklet proved extremely popular with hunter education instructors and students, state wildlife agencies, 4-H shooting sports programs, wildlife conservation organizations, hunting clubs, and sporting arms and ammunition businesses. This newest, full-color edition will again identify the various roles and diverse values of recreational hunting, but with current and additional data presented in a readable, thought-provoking style and attractive, entertaining format.

Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Turns its Attention to the North Cascades
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:12

image of Grizzly Bear, Credit: Jethro Taylor, Flickr

With the grizzly bear populations in the Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide ecosystem well on the way to recovery, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) turned its attention at its June 24 - 26 meeting to restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades ecosystem of Washington State and neighboring British Columbia (B.C.). This international ecosystem, centered on North Cascades National Park and the U.S. Forest Service’s Pasayten Wilderness in the U.S., and Skagit and Manning Provincial Parks in Canada, boasts some of the most rugged and productive grizzly bear habitat remaining in the southern Coastal Mountains. However, like all grizzly bear ecosystems in the lower 48 states and southern B.C., some of the area potentially occupied by grizzlies is also used by people for recreational and economic purposes, adding complexity to efforts to recover this species.

Conservation Briefs
Monday, 14 July 2014 14:23

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.

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Job Opportunities
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:00

Periodically the Outdoor News Bulletin will include job opportunities for projects that the Wildlife Management Institute is coordinating or supporting.

Recently Announced Opportunities:

Cooperative Research Unit Corner: Sea Turtle Research in Florida
Monday, 14 July 2014 10:45

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image of Sea Turtle, Credit: Florida Coop Unit-USGS

Florida's coast and surrounding waters provide nesting, developmental, and foraging habitats to five species of sea turtles, all of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act. The leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempi), and green (Chelonia mydas) are designated as Endangered (the green in Florida and Pacific Mexico only, Threatened elsewhere), and the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) is listed as Threatened. The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit has undertaken a number of studies on sea turtles that directly address specific needs listed in the Recovery Plans for the respective species. Unit scientists and students collaborate directly with personnel from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and multiple other agencies to answer biological and management-oriented questions. Results from the research are published in peer-reviewed journals, technical reports, theses and dissertations, and communicated to the agencies to assist in their sea turtle conservation efforts.