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Quick Guide to Climate-Smart Conservation

Climate change already is having significant impacts on the nation’s species and ecosystems, and these effects are projected to increase considerably over time. As a result, climate change is now a primary lens through which conservation and natural resource management must be viewed. How should we prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on wildlife and their habitats? What should we be doing differently in light of these climatic shifts, and what actions continue to make sense? This Quick Guide to Climate-Smart Conservation offers an introduction to designing and carrying out conservation in the face of a rapidly changing climate.

Agricultural Practices That Conserve Grassland Birds

This guide will provide an overview of Michigan's grasslands and the diversity of habitat they provide to birds; describe agricultural practices that can be adopted to improve grassland bird habitat; share experiences from farmers that have used these methods and provide a list of programs that offer resources to those that want to learn more.

How the Stewardship Network Creates Resilient Communities

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Lisa Brush and Spencer Kellum of The Stewardship Network

Comparing the effectiveness of native and commercial mycorrhizal fungi in establishing and colonizing plants in an urban prairie habitat in Chicago

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Sarah Richardson of DePaul University.

Impact of dredging on phosphorus transport in agricultural ditches

ABSTRACT: Drainage ditches can be a key conduit of phosphorus (P) between agricultural soils of the Atlantic Coastal Plain and local surface waters, including the Chesapeake Bay. This study sought to quantify the effect of a common ditch management practice, sediment dredging, on fate of P in drainage ditches. Sediments from two drainage ditches that had been monitored for seven years and had similar characteristics (flow, P loadings, sediment properties) were sampled (0-5 cm) after one of the ditches had been dredged, which removed fine textured sediments (clay = 41%) with high organic matter content (85 g ⁄ kg) and exposed coarse textured sediments (clay = 15%) with low organic matter content (2.2 g ⁄ kg). Sediments were subjected to a three-phase experiment (equilibrium, uptake, and release) in recirculating 10-m-long, 0.2-m-wide, and 5-cm-deep flumes to evaluate their role as sources and sinks of P. Under conditions of low initial P concentrations in flume water, sediments from the dredged ditch released 13 times less P to the water than did sediments from the ditch that had not been dredged, equivalent to 24 mg dissolved P. However, the sediments from the dredged ditch removed 19% less P (76 mg) from the flume water when it was spiked with dissolved P to approximate long-term runoff concentrations. Irradiation of sediments to destroy microorganisms revealed that biological processes accounted for up to 30% of P uptake in the coarse textured sediments of the dredged ditch and 18% in the fine textured sediments of the undredged ditch. Results indicate that dredging of coastal plain drainage ditches can potentially impact the P buffering capacity of ditches draining agricultural soils with a high potential for P runoff. (KEY TERMS: nonpoint source pollution; nutrients; transport and fate; water conservation.)

Lower Grand River Phragmites Control--A Public/Private Partnership Success Story

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Melanie Manion of Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and Todd Bowen of GEI Consultants of MIchigan, and Brian Majka.

Indigenous Environmental Studies & Scientists

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Dan Longboat of Trent University.

Rebirth of the Pigeon River: A Conservation Story about Reconnecting Native Ecosystems Through Dam Removal and Invasive Species Management

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Lisha Ramsdell and Jennifer Muladore of Huron Pines.

Utilizing a Terrestrial Invasive Species Rapid Response Team for Landscape Level Management in the Adirondack Park

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Zachary Simek.

Sample Volunteer Liability Release Form

An editable sample liability release form for volunteer workdays.

Where and when to restore? Developing a practical rapid assessment method to prioritize areas for ecological management

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Justin Heslinga of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.

Engaging Visitors and Volunteers with Customized Mobile Guides

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by George Hammond, The Animal Diversity Web

Reptiles of Ohio

Reptiles have long fascinated people. In recent years, biologists have recognized that the class Reptilia should actually include all of the birds, if it is to include all descendents of a particular ancestral form. This is because crocodiles and alligators are more closely related to birds than to lizards. While this makes sense from a scientific standpoint, in common English usage, the term reptile is still reserved for the alligators and crocodiles (crocodilians), turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, and the tuatara, a lizard-like animal found only on several tiny islands off the coast of New Zealand. It is not a lizard, but rather the last representative of a group of reptiles that flourished about 200 million years ago.

Garlic Mustard Video

A short video on Garlic Mustard

The Michigan Department of Transportation Fauna Review Process for Listed Species

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Richard A. Wolinski, Michigan Department of Transportation

Brent Run Creek Relocation

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Brian Majka of GEI Consultants of Michigan.

Using SEAD to Support Collaboration

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Dharma Akmon, University of Michigan

Natural Advantages: The Power of Parks, Heritage and Outdoor Assets

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Brad Garman, Michigan Environmental Council and Ann Conklin, Michigan Recreation and Park Association

Butterflies and Moths of North America

The Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) project is ambitious effort to collect and provide access to quality-controlled data about butterflies and moths for the continent of North America from Panama to Canada.

Integrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action Plans

The purpose of this NE CSC-led cooperative report is to provide a synthesis of what is known and what is uncertain about climate change and its impacts across the NE CSC region, with a particular focus on the responses and vulnerabilities of Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN) and the habitats they depend on. Another goal is to describe a range of climate change adaptation approaches, processes, tools, and potential partnerships that are available to State natural resource managers across the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States. Through illustrative case studies submitted by the NE CSC and partners, we demonstrate climate change adaptation efforts being explored and implemented across local and large-landscape scales.

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