An article in Environmental Health News examines how aerial fire retardant may impact wildlife.Continue Reading
Long term research plays an invaluable role in informing natural resource management, particularly for long-lived wildlife species. However, short term and even opportunistic research can also yield important and sometimes surprising results relevant to management.
In this webinar, Dr. Smith will discuss management implications of a follow up survey of the alligator snapping turtle population on the Flint River, 22 years after eliminating harvest, the success of a forest restoration project in the eyes of pine snakes, and the unexpected added value of surveys of one threatened species (the gopher tortoise) for the conservation of another (the gopher frog).Continue Reading
Join others in learning about the high diversity of plant species characteristics of the longleaf pine ecosystem and how it supports the many common and unique wildlife species in these open forests dominated by a single tree. Participants will also learn how to maximize wildlife management goals through active management of early successional plant communities. Commonly referred to as early successional habitat, these plant communities benefit a vast array of wildlife species including the northern bobwhite quail, monarch butterfly, and red-cockaded woodpecker. This webinar will address active management techniques and discuss some specific tips to reach one’s property objectives.
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What does endangered mean? How about threatened? Are those different? What do I have to do? This webinar will describe the Endangered Species Act and define terminology for the categories of rarity and the general regulations for each. By participating in this webinar you will learn the rare species that occur in the 14-county NC Woods for Wildlife focal area. You will also become familiar with your responsibilities for those species, but more importantly your opportunities to benefit them.
Participants will also have the opportunity to put what they learn into context with a presentation focused on forest management with isolated wetlands, their ecology, and their broader connection with at risk wildlife like the Gopher Frog. Isolated wetlands are wetlands that are not directly connected to other water sources by creeks and streams. In the Southeast, isolated wetlands naturally occur as vernal pools, Carolina bays, clay-based depressions, and limesinks. The Gopher Frog is a rare species unique to the southeast that relies on isolated wetlands for its survival. The Gopher Frog’s ecology highlights the plight of isolated wetlands on the southeastern landscape and why they are important for biodiversity.Continue Reading
Host: Tall Timbers Research Station, the Southern Fire Exchange and the University of Florida.
Presenter: Jim Cox, Tall Timbers Research Station
Abstract: Millions of dollars have been spent over the past 20 years on reforestation of longleaf pine forests. Restoration will take time coupled with frequent and repeated application of prescribed burning. Burning is absolutely critical to restoration, but an appreciable number of individuals and groups now limit their opportunities to burn to a smaller and smaller burn window. The concern often voiced is that burning from April – July is detrimental to ground nesting/grassland birds and should be avoided. Restoration targets that require frequent burning and may not be achieved if the burn window becomes too narrow. This presentation will look at the science behind the use of fire during the “lightning season” (the months of April – July) and its effects on ground-nesting birds such as quail and Bachman’s sparrow. Following the presentations there will be time for audience Q/A with the speaker.
Registration Required: https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lGveI7-rQFqRq1NtsdgG8w
Host: University of Georgia, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife, Quail Forever, East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture, the Southern Fire Exchange and the University of Florida.
Presenter: James Martin, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Since Herbert Stoddard Northern Bobwhites and prescribed fire have been strongly connected. However, prescribed fire, bobwhite ecology, and local site conditions need to be aligned for optimal bobwhite population response. This talk will discuss the context of fire frequency, scale, and seasonality for bobwhite management and restoration.
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The SFE-NC Prescribed Fire Council Prescribed Fire in Piedmont Hardwoods webinar is now available on the SFE YouTube Channel. Sharon Bischoff, Mountain Region Biologist with North Carolina State Parks, Dr. Chris Moorman, Professor and Coordinator of the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Dan Dey, Research Forester for the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station discuss the history, wildlife impacts, and silviculture of prescribed fire in Piedmont hardwood systems.Continue Reading