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Evaluating Water Quality Best Management Practice Effectiveness to Inform Decision

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Emma Giese, Chesapeake Research Consortium

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.

Small Inland Lake Bathymetric Mapping

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Alan Proctor of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

Ticks and Your Health

Ticks are significant vectors of pathogens that cause human disease. Tick-borne diseases do occur in Michigan, and can be serious or fatal if not properly diagnosed and treated. This resource is a great overview of common tick types, lyme disease, treatment options, prevention, and tick removal.

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.

From Clipboard to Drone: Monitoring Wild "River" Rice by Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Part I

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Stephen W. Allen of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

Helping Farmers Protect Water Quality

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Amy Gilhouse, National Fish and Wildlife Federation

Invasive Species Placemats

These printable place-mats can be a useful educational tool for preventing the spread of invasive species.

Climate Change Response Framework

The Framework is a collaborative, cross-boundary approach among scientists, managers, and landowners to incorporate climate change considerations into natural resource management. It provides an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-informed conservation and forest management.

Phosphorus dynamics within agricultural drainage ditches

Excessive phosphorus loading from fertilizers in agriculture results in enriched runoff and downstream aquatic system eutrophication. This study evaluated phosphorus dynamics in agricultural drainage ditches across eight sites within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV). The objective of the study was to examine the capacity of drainage ditches across the LMAV to sorb P. Spatially and temporally, all drainage ditch sediments had very low immediately bioavailable phosphorus (Pw), and a very low degree of phosphorus saturation (DPS < 20%) throughout the LMAV. Phosphorus binding energy (K) (0.34–0.60 L/mg) and P sorption maxima (17.8–26.6 L/mg) were low, with very little variation in space and time. Using these metrics, drainage ditches sampled within the LMAV could be described as P sinks, capable of sorbing varying degrees of P seasonally as a result to changes in the Fe-P pool. Sorption, however, will likely be low due to low P sorption maxima and low binding energies. These results will help in P management within primary aquatic systems (such as drainage ditches) within the agricultural landscape and enhance P mitigation strategies at the source, prior to runoff reaching downstream aquatic systems.

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.

The Powerful Partnership – Plants and Pollinators

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Meghan Milbrath of Michigan State University

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

Reducing Community Vulnerability and Increasing Resilience Through Ecological Design

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Steve Witman, Resilience Planning and Design, LLC

Climate Change Projections for Tree Species

Michigan’s forests will be affected by climate change during the 21st century. Several reports describe the climate change risks to forests in Michigan and the Midwest (Pryor et al. 2014, Handler et al. 2012). Foresters and researchers can use experience and information from past events to develop expectations about how future change might affect forests, but there are limits to what we can learn from the past. This handout shows projections for two climate scenarios to “bracket” a range of possible futures. Results for “low” and “high” climate scenarios can be compared side-by-side to get a sense for the range of possible outcomes.

Effects of Phragmites australis Invasion on Carbon Dynamics in a Freshwater Marsh

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Shawn Duke of Cardno.

Quantification of seasonal sediment and phosphorus transport dynamics

Abstract - Purpose: Phosphorus (P) is a limiting nutrient for most US Midwestern aquatic systems and, therefore, increases of P, through point or non-point sources (NPS) of pollution such as agriculture, causes eutrophication. Identifying specific NPS contributions (e.g., upland vs. stream channels) for sediments and P is difficult due to the distributed nature of the pollution. Therefore, studies which link the spatial and temporal aspects of sediment and P transport in these systems can help better characterize the extent of NPS pollution. Materials and methods Our study used fingerprinting techniques to determine sources of sediments in an agricultural watershed (the North Fork of the Pheasant Branch watershed; 12.4 km2 area) in Wisconsin, USA, during the spring, summer, and fall seasons of 2009. The primary sources considered were uplands (cultivated fields), stream bank, and streambed. The model used fallout radionuclides, 137Cs, and 210Pbxs, along with total P to determine primary sediment sources. A shorter-lived fallout radioisotope, 7Be, was used to determine the sediment age and percent new sediments in streambed and suspended sediment samples (via the 7Be/210Pbxs ratio). Results and discussion Upland areas were the primary source of suspended sediments in the stream channels followed by stream banks. The sediment age and percent new sediment for the streambed and suspended sediments showed that the channel contained and transported newer (or more recently tagged with 7Be) sediments in the spring season (9–131 days sediment age), while relatively old sediments (165–318 days) were moving through the channel system during the fall season. Conclusions Upland areas are the major contributors to instream suspended sediments in this watershed. Sediment resuspension in stream channels could play an important role during the later part of the year. Best management practices should be targeted in the upland areas to reduce the export of sediments and sediment-bound P fromagricultural watersheds.

Urban Food, Energy, and Water Sustainability, Part I

2016 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference presentation by Patrick Crouch of Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Beth Hagenbuch of Bagenbuch Weikal Landscape Architecture, and Jamie Scripps of 5 Lakes Energy.

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.

Dissolved and suspended sediment transport dynamics

This thesis investigates the sediment transport dynamics during baseflow and storm flow conditions in the main tributaries of the two drinking water reservoirs in McLean County, Illinois.