Science Applications
Conserving the Nature of America in the Southwest Region
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Wetlands at sunset. Credit: USFWS.
Wetlands at sunset. Credit: USFWS.

The Science Applications Approach


The Science Applications program continues to evolve in the Southwest Region. Since 2010, Science Applications has worked to foster collaborative conservation across the Southwest, developing common goals, coordinating conservation efforts, and jointly developing the science and tools that partners and resource managers of the Service need.

New Guide Offers Recommended Practices for Developing Landscape Conservation Designs

For practitioners looking to develop, facilitate, or participate in a landscape conservation design (LCD) process, the new Recommended Practices for Landscape Conservation Design guide leverages the knowledge, years of experience working on landscape-scale conservation issues, and the legacy of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The guide can serve as a reference and springboard for those seeking to implement broad-scale, multi-species conservation; collaborate and share data across regions and states; and incorporate human dimensions into the landscape. The guide contains five sections covering major themes in LCD. Each section describes vetted practices that one or more LCCs used in their LCD work; provides resources for further information; and presents a case study where the practices have been implemented.

Read the guide.


Some of our science efforts include:

Sea turtle. Credit: USFWS.
Integrating data for protection
of Gulf of Mexico barrier islands.

  Humpback chub. Credit: USFWS.
Evaluating capture methods for Humpback chub.
  Waterbird s take flight over habitat. Credit: USFWS.
Managing waterbird habitat in semi-arid environments.
Assessing hydrologic flows in Oklahoma. Credit: USFWS
Assessing hydrologic flows in Oklahoma.
  Mount graham red squirrel. Credit: USFWS.
Mapping Mount graham red squirrel habitat.

  Black-capped vireo. Credit: USFWS.
Conserving grasslands of the southern Great Plains.
Apache trout. Credit: USFWS.
Differentiating habitat requirements of Apache trout and non-native crayfish.
  Desert tortoise. Credit: USFWSStudying the status of the Desert tortoise in the Sonoran Desert.
  water shed for avian research. Credit: USFWS.
Synthesizing avian research for priority habitats.

Moving forward, work will continue under a new framework. Taking lessons learned from the past nine years, Southwest Region Science Applications is pivoting to a new model to help deliver on Service priorities. By working across disciplines, Science Applications will serve as a bridge between Service Programs, creating a new platform to prioritize our science needs and conservation goals.

A mixed flock of waterfowl and wading birds at Laguna Atascosa NWR. Credit: USFWS.
A mixed flock of waterfowl and wading birds at Laguna Atascosa NWR. Credit: USFWS.


Last updated: June 14, 2019