Date: 3/2/18 6:34 pm
From: Jeffrey Short <bashman...>
Subject: Re: This Week's eWildlifer & TWS Talks
Wow! A new reason to protect rattlesnakes. Learned something new today!

Jeff Short

From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Jerry Davis
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2018 3:19 PM
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Subject: Fw: This Week's eWildlifer & TWS Talks

Presenter: Abigail Darrah, Audubon Mississippi below is one of Arkansas own. Also notes on birds, invasive dispersal, rattlesnake seed dispersal, Red-cockaded woodpecker, bears, horses and other items of interest.


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Sent: Friday, March 2, 2018 11:26 AM

Subject: This Week's eWildlifer & TWS Talks


March 2, 2018

TWS Talks

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Identifying Limits to Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Population Growth

Presenter: Paige Ferguson, University of Alabama

The red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) is listed as endangered under the United States Endangered Species Act. The largest population of RCW in Alabama is found in the Oakmulgee Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest. Efforts are underway in the Oakmulgee to restore longleaf ecosystems and conserve RCW through methods such as controlled burns, restoring mixed stands to longleaf, and installing artificial cavities. Despite these efforts, the number of active RCW clusters has not exceeded 120, although the District’s Recovery Plan objective is 394 active clusters. In this talk, Paige Ferguson and her co-authors, Emily Brown (UA) and Cynthia Ragland (USFS), identify factors limiting RCW population growth and identify management methods that could reduce these limitations.

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To Exclose Or Not? A Decision Support Tool for Piping Plover Management

Presenter: Abigail Darrah, Audubon Mississippi

Nest exclosures are used to increase nest success of the threatened U.S. Atlantic Coast piping plover population, but they also increase nest abandonment rates, which has been linked to adult mortality; thus exclosure use may not always benefit the population. In this talk Abigail Darrah and her co-authors, Jonathan Cohen (SUNY) and Paul Castelli (USFWS), discuss a decision support tool created to predict the population-level effects of exclosure use, and analyze piping plover nest fate data collected in 2015 from 46 sites using a Bayesian multinomial logistic exposure model and estimate the effects of exclosure use on probabilities of nest depredation and abandonment, with site modeled as a random effect.

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Quiz Bowl

What is the acronym "Y2Y"?

Answer at the bottom of the page.

Science & Management News


<> Wildlife programs see cuts in USDA budget proposal

The President’s 2019 budget would decrease funding for key wildlife programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USFS is slated for cuts of up to $1 billion and APHIS Wildlife Services could see its budget cut nearly in half. The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s discretionary budget may also be reduced.

<> Montana opts not to open grizzly hunts due to court battles

Montana will not host a grizzly hunt this season. Wildlife commissioners fear a hunt so soon after the lifting of federal Endangered Species Act safeguards could be used in court to justify efforts to restore protections.

<> Duck! It’s a drone!

The use of drones is soaring, but can wildlife professionals trust the data? Using decoy ducks on a beach, researchers compared counts by drone photos to counts from the ground. Who won this Epic Duck Challenge?

<> New invasive species increase globally

Invasive alien species are increasing globally, including a growing number of species that have never appeared as alien before. This poses a problem for biosecurity measures, researchers say, because these new invasives don’t appear on any watch list.

<> Rattlesnakes may be overlooked seed dispersers

Rattlesnakes may play an ecological role that biologists have long overlooked. Recent research shows they can spread seeds from the rodents they consume.

Conservation News


<> Special JWM section highlights waterfowl conservation

Honoring the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Journal of Wildlife Management features a special section on waterfowl conservation. The issue highlights victories and opportunities seen over a century in the field.

<> Recovering with the butterflies

Following a traumatic brain injury, biologist Nick Haddad stepped back to think about not only his own recovery, but the recovery of a rare butterfly. Nature alone, he realized, wouldn’t put either of them on the right path.

<> Bill introduced to ban Florida coastal drilling

Florida representatives have introduced the PROTECT Florida Act, which would codify Interior Secretary Zinke’s promise to ban new oil and gas drilling off the state's coasts. The representatives point to the Deepwater Horizon spill as an example that drilling can threaten the state’s economy and ecosystems.

<> Florida’s sand shortage could affect nesting habitat

Sea turtles and shorebirds depend on Florida’s beaches as much as tourism does, but sand shortages are making post-hurricane repairs more costly, complicating beach repairs.

TWS News


<> The March/April issue of The Wildlife Professional

The latest issue of The Wildlife Professional features a look at what state and federal agencies are doing to reconnect people with nature, as well as a special focus section on North American Grouse and many other articles you won’t want to miss.

TWS Local News


<> SFBA member receives lifetime achievement award

Reginald Barrett, a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and TWS member since 1963, received a lifetime achievement award from Marquis Who’s Who in February.

<> TWS Section, Chapter meetings and student Conclaves in April

Don’t miss out on these local Section and Chapter meetings, plus TWS Student Conclaves, covering five states, during the month of April!

<> North Dakota Chapter supports Bakken documentary

What’s the best way for North Dakota to develop its energy resources? The North Dakota Chapter of TWS has provided financial support to a short documentary, Keeping All the Pieces, that looks for answers to that question.

FYI News


<> Last remaining ‘wild’ horses not so wild after all

No truly wild horses remain in the world, according to new research. Studying the genetics of Przewalski's horses, biologists concluded these horses, long believed to be the ancestors of today’s horses, actually descended from domesticated stock.

<> New blog presents wildlife health field stories

From the search for Asian wild dogs in Indonesia to an upsurge of snowy owls in New York state, a new blog by Wildlife Health Cornell offers glimpses from the field written by wildlife health researchers around the world.

The Wildlife Society would like to thank <> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their generous support as a Strategic Partner of TWS.



TWS Past President Ted Bookhout dies
TWS Past President Ted Bookhout, a longtime and dedicated member of The Wildlife Society and a member of The 1000 group of donors, has died.

A TWS member since 1953, Bookhout served as president from 1980 to 1982 and was named a TWS fellow in 2012. Over the course of his career, he served as editor of the Journal of Wildlife Management and of the TWS Wildlife Techniques Manual, and he served in several leadership positions for the Ohio Chapter of TWS.

TWS Spring Council Meeting is near
The Wildlife Society's Council will hold its annual spring meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, on Sunday and Monday, March 25-26, 2018, prior to the 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Council will convene from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on both days in the Momentum 2/3 meeting room at the Hilton Norfolk The Main hotel.

Portions of the meeting will be open to the public, so please stop by if your would like to watch TWS Council deliberate on a number of issues important to the Society's future.

Submit your nominations for all remaining 2018 TWS Awards!
The nomination deadline for all remaining 2018 TWS Awards is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Our Awards Program annually honors professional excellence, recognizes outstanding achievement, and highlights contributions to wildlife science and management. We encourage members to recognize the contributions of their peers by participating in the nomination process.

Visit <> to see the complete list of TWS Awards and find out how you can nominate deserving peers and colleagues.


Have you ordered the newest book from TWS and JHU Press?
<> State Wildlife Management and Conservation, edited by TWS Past-President Thomas J. Ryder, features key issues state wildlife agencies face, including the limits of private land ownership, the funding of wildlife regulation, the nuances of human-wildlife conflict, the role of law enforcement, disease control efforts, and the challenges involved in balancing the perspectives of hunters, nonhunters, and animal rights advocates.

Now shipping! Use the code HTWS at checkout to members-only discount of 30 percent off the full price.

The 1000: Engaging 1,000 members
The Wildlife Society thanks Richard Williams for his contributions to <> The 1000. Join him and all those Leading by Example to help us grow this key group to 1,000 members.

In three years, we have raised over $287,000 in support of TWS Strategic Plan initiatives with the help of just 391 members. Imagine what we could accomplish if 1,000 members engaged in this campaign, as is the mission of The 1000. This year, help us grow to 1,000 members by making your <> tax-deductible contribution, and encouraging peers and colleagues to do the same.

Go Wild!

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Quiz Bowl Answer:

(The) Yellowstone to Yukon (Initiative)


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