2009 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
Grants Report Form
PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Monitoring for Rasberry Crazy Ants in a bottomland forest
Texas Mid-Coast NWRC
Name and Phone Number
(Up to 250 words)
The objective of the agreement is to enable Gulf Coast Bird Observatory to conduct wildlife monitoring in a bottomland hardwood forest unit less than 1 mile from an infestation of Rasberry Crazy Ant (Paratrechina spp. near pubescens). This ant is believed to have reached Texas through the Port of Houston in 2002. Since then it has spread at a rate much faster than the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta). This highly aggressive ant is of concern to entomologists in Texas for its potential to exert residential, agricultural, and wildlife impacts of a large magnitude. Anecdotal observation indicates that these ants drive wildlife from their vicinity due to their sheer numbers and ability to consume any reasonably stationary animal life. However, no firm documentation exists of these impacts to wildlife, with pre- and post infestation variables. Until such documentation is done, no research relevant to treatment in wildlife habitats will be funded, and no means of combating an infestation of wildlife habitat will be available. The Brazos River Unit (BRU) of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge is ideal for wildlife monitoring pre-infestation. It is located 1.1 miles northeast of a crazy ant colony in East Columbia, TX. As expected expansion of this colony is north and east of its present location, BRU will be infested in the upcoming years if some unforeseen factor does not preclude ant expansion. Base data on nesting bird productivity will be highly beneficial in assessing ant impacts to the breeding birds of the Columbia bottomlands region of the Texas Coast. This project will also utilize data from a volunteer bird banding effort to determine expected encounters of various breeding birds in the unit while in an uninfested state.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:
Rasberry Crazy Ant
Paratrechina spp. near pubescens
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:
(Check all that apply)
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers spent 192 hours this past spring mist-netting the BRU. Their work establishes breeding status of various songbirds and their expected capture frequency. They will return again this spring to repeat the work.
Total Number of Volunteers:
Total Number of Volunteer Hours:
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
teaming with Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, a non-profit ornithological organization, to do the ant monitoring and establish nesting bird productivity information through monitoring nests via video camera.
Give an overview of the results of the project. Include quantifiable measure of success, such as maps produced, efficacy of control measures, number of sites where invasions were detected early and responded to, number of community contacts, etc. (Up to 250 words).
First season will be completed by Thanksgiving 2010.
Number of Acres Treated:
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped:
Number of Acres Restored:
Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.
Total Grant Amount:
Breakdown of Expenditures:
Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
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