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Piping plover at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: Bri Rudinsky/USFWS
Shorebird science? There's an app for that!
May 4, 2015: The latest tool designed to help manage the threatened piping plover is only a download away; "iPlover" is the first smartphone data collection application developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and will help those managing plover populations.
Funding for iPlover was provided through the Department of the Interior's North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative as part of its Hurricane Sandy response. The app was developed by the USGS' Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center and the Center for Integrated Data Analytics. North Atlantic LCC Coordinator Andrew Milliken said the USGS worked with staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, state agencies and non-governmental organizations to incorporate specific data collection needs and enable important stakeholders and partners to contribute data from hundreds of field observations within the plover's U.S. Atlantic coastal breeding range.
"The information collected will not only greatly improve our understanding of impacts from sea level rise, storms and beach management on piping plovers but also how managing for plovers can benefit other beach-dependent species, such as the American oystercatcher," Milliken said.
Assessing potential energy development across the Appalachians
A new study and online mapping tool released March 5 by the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and The Nature Conservancy are intended to inform discussions among conservation agencies and organizations, industry, policy makers, regulators and the public on how to protect essential natural resources while realizing the benefits of increased domestic energy production.
Conserving imperiled aquatic species in the Upper Tennessee River Basin
A team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists, with assistance from U.S. Geological Survey, have developed a collaborative conservation strategy examining cost-effective approaches for efforts to conserve and manage 36 imperiled freshwater fish and mussel species in the 22,360 square-mile Upper Tennessee River Basin. The strategy identifies aquatic species conservation objectives and recommends a management approach for conserving and recovering prioritized species and locations across the basin. It is designed to help the Service better integrate its efforts internally and with those of partners in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, whose missions complement the goal of maximizing conservation and recovery of imperiled aquatic species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
View the strategy (PDF)