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Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Science Working Group Annual Symposium: November 10, 2016

This symposium will showcase conservation based projects associated with the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. This is the first symposium of the Great Basin Research and Management Partnership’s (GBRMP) Birds of Prey NCA Science Working Group (Website).

The emphasis of the symposium is outreach and education of the NCA restoration, resources and uses through short project summaries and interactions with local agencies, NGO, private corporations, and the general public. The target audience is current and future conservation and restoration professionals, and citizen scientists.

Topics include: Soils, vegetation, restoration, erosion control, wildfire/fuels, wildlife, cultural resources, technology use, land use management (military, recreation, livestock…), climate change, and more.
Date: November 10, 2016
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Symposium and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Poster Session
Location: Jordan A, Brink, and Boyington Rooms, Second Floor, Student Union Building,  Boise State University, Boise, Idaho (MAP)
Cost: Free
Registration: Closed
Presentation Deadline: Closed.

Presentation Guidelines

Presentation Abstracts: Here


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Preliminary Symposium Agenda

8:00 - 8:05Nancy GlennOpening Remarks
8:05 - 8:30 Amanda Hoffman- BLMA History of the NCA
8:30 - 8:45Ann Marie RaymondiSagebrush-steppe vegetation on the Snake River Plain: assessing current conditions based on historical events
8:45 - 9:00Julie HeathGolden Eagle dietary shifts in response to habitat alteration and consequences for eagle productivity in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
9:00 - 9:15Zoe TinklePopulation dynamics of Piute ground squirrels (Urocitellus mollis): lessons and results from four years of live trapping
9:15 - 9:30Todd KatznerA mechanical owl as a replacement for live lures to trap hawks for scientific research at the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
9:30 - 9:40Stuart HardegreeWeather and Climate Tools for Rangeland Restoration Planning
9:40 - 10:00Morning break with coffee: Brink and BoyingtonSponsored by: Empire Unmanned
10:00-10:15Barbara SchmidtConservation Opportunities for Lepidium papilliferum (Slickspot Peppergrass)
10:15-10:30Charles PetersonUsing iNaturalist to Obtain Distribution Data for Idaho Amphibians and Reptiles
10:30-10:45David PilliodInsect Pollinator Responses to Native Shrub and Forb Plantings at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
10:45-11:00Michael BishopProject-based Predictive Modeling for Archeological Resources in the OCTC
11:00 - 11:15Stephanie CoatesEcology of Long-billed Curlews: Moving Toward a More Complete Annual Life Cycle Picture
11:15 - 11:30Ron LooneyUAS for Land Management
11:30 - 11:40Steve AlsupIntroduction to the Birds of Prey NCA Partnership
11:40 - 1:00Lunch (On your own)
1:00 - 1:30Jennifer ForbeyEmerging technology to manage and monitor healthy wildlife
1:30 - 1:45Marie-Anne de GraaffThe Impact of a Shifting Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Community on Native Plant Performance and Carbon Cycling.
1:45 - 2:00Robert ArkleDynamic non-native plant communities of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
2:00 - 2:15Cody WaltonThe Effects of Burrowing Animals on Cultural Monitoring and Surveying in the OCTC
2:15 - 2:30Mathew StuberAn exploratory study of lead exposure of ferruginous hawks nesting in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
2:30 - 2:40Susan McIlroyQuantifying vegetation response to fuel reduction treatments and native species seeding in degraded big sagebrush habitats
2:40 - 3:00Afternoon break with coffeeSponsored by :Great Basin Chapter of Society for Ecological Restoration
3:00 - 3:15Ian RobertsonSeed predation by harvester ants hinders the successful introduction of slickspot peppergrass
3:15 - 3:30Eric YensenPiute Ground Squirrel Population Estimation: Comparison of Three Methods
3:30 - 3:45Matt GerminoClimate adaptation in big sagebrush: insights from the BOP NCA
3:45 - 4:00Audrey RogersUse of UAV to Inventory and Monitor Change on Culturally Significant Sites
4:00 - 4:15Kevin WarnerBaseline Inventory and Monitoring of Bat Populations in the Orchard Combat Training Center, Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
4:15 - 4:30Ben DudekThe Distribution and Relative Abundance of Mexican Chicken Bugs in Golden Eagle Nests in Southwestern Idaho
4:30 - 4:35Charles BaunClosing Remarks
5:00 - 7:00Poster Session (Jordan A)