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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes

13th Year of Herpetological Monitoring at Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge

Region 2, April 1, 2012

2012 marks the 13th year that the refuge has conducted herpetological monitoring in Leslie Canyon. Because of the length of this ongoing study, it is believed that this study will provide valuable data that can be derived and applied to climate change monitoring. Some of the data is already providing insight into fluctuations based on rainfall patterns and drought occurrence. Some of the possible trends the refuge is looking for are a change in species composition or diversity. For example with the drought persisting, the refuge is expecting species more adapted to desert scrub to start increasing and grassland adapted species to decline. This study will also provide valuable information regarding resident’s dependence in flowing surface water since Leslie Creek has been dry for almost one and one half years at the beginning of this season.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov