May 2012

R5 Science Seminar Series 2012

Date: Thursday, May 10, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Northeast Region Office Large Auditorium. This seminar will be broadcast on the internet. You will be able to view the presentation by clicking this link: http://www.livestream.com/r5broadcasts

Title: The National Wildlife Refuge System's Inventory and Monitoring Initiative in the Northeast Region

Presenter: Bill Thompson, Northeast Region Inventory and Monitoring Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Date: Monday, May 14th, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Northeast Region Office Large Auditorium. This seminar will be broadcast on the internet. You will be able to view the presentation by clicking this link: http://www.livestream.com/r5broadcasts.

Title: Conservation Delivery and Building Biological Capacity: SHC in a Transformational U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Presenter: Will Meeks, Project Leader, and Neal D. Niemuth, Integrated Bird Conservation Scientist, Region 6 Habitat and Population Evaluation Team Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Abstract: Using the tenets of Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) the presentation will focus on how habitat managers can use scientific information to make informed decisions in conservation design and subsequent treatments. The presentation will provide background on how we have approached projects in the past, the application of the SHC framework in setting priorities, and data quality. We will incorporate examples we are initiating currently in Region 6 as well as focus on some national examples. The presentation will also provide background on the SHC approach the Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (Bismarck, ND) has developed in the Prairie Pothole Region over the past two decades.

Bio: Will Meeks has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 16 years, holding various field positions. These include: Private Lands Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, and Refuge Manager in NE, SD, ND, and AK. While stationed in Alaska, he was the Deputy Refuge Manager of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. He also worked for the Service's headquarters office in Arlington, VA where he served as Branch Chief and Deputy Division Chief for the Refuge System's Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning. Meek's current position is Project Leader of Region 6's Habitat and Population Evaluation Team located in Bismarck, ND. Known as HAPET, this office helps the Service and conservation partners meet their goals with effective integration of science, planning and spatially explicit decision tools by providing leadership in monitoring and research, biological planning, conservation design, and delivery.

Bio: Neal Niemuth is an integrated bird conservation scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's HAPET office in Bismarck, North Dakota. Neal earned his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Wyoming, where he studied landscape ecology and avian ecology. Prior to working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Neal was a professor of wildlife at Humboldt State University and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His personal interests include family, reading, travel, and raising chickens.

 


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