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San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Complex Gears Up for Upcoming Inventory and Monitoring Season
Southwest Region, March 30, 2010
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Refuge Manager Bill Radke (uniform) and Master Bander Ken Voget banding a sharp-shinned hawk in Leslie Canyon at the beginning of MAPS season.  Photo by Chris Lohrengel, taken on 4/18/2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, Arizona
Refuge Manager Bill Radke (uniform) and Master Bander Ken Voget banding a sharp-shinned hawk in Leslie Canyon at the beginning of MAPS season. Photo by Chris Lohrengel, taken on 4/18/2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, Arizona - Photo Credit: n/a
Juvenile Great Plains skink, just one of the many reptiles that have been captured in the arrays on Leslie Canyon NWR.  Photo by Brenna Hill, taken on 7/5/2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, Arizona
Juvenile Great Plains skink, just one of the many reptiles that have been captured in the arrays on Leslie Canyon NWR. Photo by Brenna Hill, taken on 7/5/2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, Arizona - Photo Credit: n/a

With warmer temperatures coming to the area, many of the area’s critters are starting to stir.  At the end of March, the refuge will begin its annual survey of the reptile and amphibian species on Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge, a monitoring program that is now in its eleventh year.  Also to begin shortly, are burrowing owl surveys, Chiricahua leopard frog surveys, and the MAPS banding program.  This year is also the year that vegetation surveys are to take place on both refuges, which should prove useful with several of the monitoring plots being in areas that were burned since the last round of monitoring.  In addition to the established surveys, this year it is planned to set up a reptile and amphibian monitoring array on San Bernardino NWR near the International Border with Mexico to monitor effects of the border road that was constructed in the fall of 2008 by the Department of Homeland Security.  A sister site will be established in Mexico and be monitored by biologists working on the Rancho San Bernardino.


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



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