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San Bernardino NWR, Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Complete Habitat Conservation Monitoring on Local Ranch
Southwest Region, October 14, 2009
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San Bernardino NWR staff in cooperation with the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the Arizona Game and Fish Department completed monitoring of Rio Yaqui fish on El Coronado Ranch.  On October 13 and 14, Refuge staff along with Jason Kline and Suzanne Ehret from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Jeremy Voeltz and Jennifer Johnson from the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, conducted Habitat Conservation Plan monitoring work on the El Coronado Ranch in Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona.  El Coronado Ranch, located in the west foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains, had an HCP initiated in 1998 for the purpose of recovery of Rio Yaqui fish.  The annual monsoons were below normal for 2009 and this led to many Yaqui chub using the ranches numerous pools for refuge with the low water flows in West Turkey Creek, over 3,000 were captured.  Yaqui catfish monitoring was conducted in June this year, so no effort was done this October.  Mexican stonerollers and longfin dace were captured, along with Yaqui chub, in West Turkey creek during the electro-fishing portion of the survey. 

Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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