Midwest Region Receives Funding to Support Science in the Service
Every year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Midwest Region collaborates with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Science Support and Quick Response program. The program fosters partnerships between the Service and USGS that target priority research needs. This past year over $380,000 in funding was available to emphasize cooperative problem solving in the Service.
"This program allows us to maintain a strong working collaboration with our USGS partners in the Midwest Region and across the country," said Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director. "It is particularly good to witness the cooperative problem solving occurring between Service field offices and local USGS scientists as they identify and address our collective conservation challenges using the best available science."
New Midwest Region projects that received funding through the Science Support Program are:
- The Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, in partnership with Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia Ecological Services Field Office, Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will receive $148,467 over three years for the identification of summer habitat of the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and three other bat species of special concern within the Ozark - Central Recovery Unit. Research findings will have application for landscape distribution use.
- Great Lakes Science Center – Hammond Bay Biological Station in collaboration with the Marquette Biological Station will receive $97,465 over two years to determine the origin of invasive sea lampreys in the Cheboygan River, Michigan.
- Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit in collaboration with the Green Bay Field Office will receive $72,528 over two years for the development of eDNA techniques for the detection of the endangered Purple Cat’s Paw Pearlymussel and Snuffbox mussel.
- Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in collaboration with the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office will receive $30,246 over two years to determine the potential isotopic and trace element otolith markers for application in identifying Asian carp spawning and rearing habitats in the Upper Mississippi River System above Lock and Dam 19.
Midwest Region projects that received funding through the Quick Response Program are:
- Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in collaboration with the Fergus Falls HAPET office will receive $12,862 to design optimal conservation strategies for multiple Federal trust bird species at the tallgrass prairie eco-regional and Wetland Management District scales.
- Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in collaboration with the Regional Office of the Fish and Wildlife Service will receive $21,829 to delineate Sandhill Crane populations in Minnesota.
The Science Support and Quick Response program allows the U.S. Geological Survey to work collaboratively with the Service to address priority research needs. The SSP is supported by approximately $4 million nationwide each year. The QRP is supported annually by $350K. Each year, Headquarters and Service research coordinators from every region issue a call for research proposals. Local Service sponsors and USGS scientists collaborate in writing proposals for studies to address the Service’s mission-critical science needs.
The representatives from the regions and Headquarters review, prioritize, and recommend projects based on the funds available. Once Service and USGS leaders approve the projects selected, SSP funds are distributed to USGS Science Centers and Cooperative Research Units to support the studies identified. Service sponsors and USGS scientists work closely together to complete projects and implement results.
For more information on the Science Support and Quick Response programs, please visit http://www.usgs.gov/ecosystems/ssp/index.html
-- Katie Steiger-Meister
External Affairs and
-- Mike Olson
Science Coordinator for Prairie Plains and Potholes LCC