SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Restore, monitor, mitigate… Repeat? Adapting Habitat Restoration Projects for Climate Change
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Looking Back at Early Restoration Projects: How have they fared the test of time?
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Stream and Riparian Restoration
SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Technology and Innovations: Data Collection, Analysis, & Reporting
SERCAL 2016 Technical Session — Montane Meadows
SERCAL 2016 Technical Session: Creativite Collaboration for Multiple Benefits
In 2011, efforts for a large-scale habitat enhancement project in this section of the Little Truckee River began, first with characterization of the system’s functional impairments, followed by development of a conceptual habitat enhancement design.
Invertebrates can be effective indicators of the consequences of non-native plant invasions due to the important functional roles that they play in ecosystems, including nutrient recycling and energy flow, pollination, seed dispersal, and the maintenance of plant and animal community structure.
Over the last decade or so, large intense fires have damaged coastal cactus wren habitat in San Diego County including lands on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Populations of coastal cactus wrens have also declined in Preserve areas not yet affected by wildfires. This recent trend of cactus wren population decline has been observed in other regions of southern California as well. Genetic researchers have found low population densities and lack of gene flow between some populations of wrens in southern San Diego County and this could lead to genetic bottlenecks. Regional recovery efforts for coastal populations of cactus wrens are intended to stabilize and eventually increase population sizes.
Introduction to Winter 2014 Ecesis, Volume 24, Issue 4
The effects of an ongoing drought may result in plant diseases and insect infestations along with increased erosion, a decrease in air quality and degradation of landscape and habitat, along with an increased risk of fire due to drier vegetation. While the environments can quickly bounce back from short-term droughts, it’s the long-term droughts that cause the most damage to not only animal life but plant life too.
Utilizing historical ecological information recently developed by the San Francisco Estuary Institute, the Project seeks to utilize the site’s unique position on the landscape. The proposed Project seeks to partially restore some of these ecological functions, including reconnecting the historic lake features with surrounding natural tidal waterways and removing obstructions to tidal inundation to allow seasonal and tidal waters to drain slowly through the marsh plains.
Habitat suitability index (HSI) models offer a tool to guide restoration design for optimal habitat conditions for target species and other species in the same guild — to the extent practicable. HSI models are used in Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP) to estimate the value of the habitat in a project area for the selected evaluation species (Stiehl 1995).
This article describes the specific ways that avian monitoring has guided the design and implementation of restoration in this region, but similar stories of partnership and adaptation can be told regarding small mammal monitoring and restoration, large-scale fundraising and leveraging, and integration of multiple overlapping conservation objectives.