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  • Wildlife Conservation Prioritization & R (WCPR)Recovery (WCPR)

    An Approach to Identify Monitoring Needs

    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Habitat & Species Conservation

    -Terrestrial Habitat Conservation & Restoration Section Terrestrial Habitat Conservation & Restoration Section

  • WCPR Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and

    Recovery

    A program to prioritize what we do for focal species on WMA system lands species on WMA system lands

    Facilitate recovery of imperiled and focal speciesspecies

  • Comprehensive Resource Management Approach

     Objective Based Vegetation Management  Objective Based Vegetation Management (OBVM)  Restoration Coordination Restoration Coordination  Wildlife Conservation Prioritization &

    Recovery (WCPR)Recovery (WCPR)

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  • OBVM OBVM Objective Based Vegetation Management

     Natural Community approach  Map NCs Map NCs  Set Desired Future Conditions

    A l g t Apply mgmt  Measure progress

  • Restoration CoordinationRestoration Coordination  Exotic control  Hydrology restoration  Ground cover restoration  Apply mgmt  Measure success

  • Wildlife Response to ManagementWildlife Response to Management  If we build it, will they come?y  Are some areas more critical?  Necessary protective measures? Necessary protective measures?

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  • Wildlife Response to Management  Assumption: good habitat = good wildlife  Test assumption by monitoring (but we  Test assumption by monitoring (but we

    can’t count everything). Id if b i (i di ) i  Identify best species (indicators) to monitor to test assumption; opportunistically

    i h if i d monitor others to verify continued presence.

  • WCPR Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and

    Recovery Program Goal  provide assessment and recovery planning support

    for the WMA system to enhance management for for the WMA system to enhance management for focal and listed species

  • WCPR

    Division of Habitat and Species Conservation

    Why?

    Strategic Plan  demonstrate optimal wildlife habitat conservation on

    FWC d l dFWC managed lands  develop science based performance measures to

    evaluate management (requires monitoring)evaluate management (requires monitoring)  recover imperiled species  prevent future imperilment of declining species

    Florida Forever – focus on imperiled species and need for measurable objectivesneed for measurable objectives

  • WCPRWCPR

    Program Strategies  Provide information on focal & listed species  Help prioritize what we do for non-game species  Provide monitoring infrastructure  Area-specific workshops that result in mgmt

    strategies with monitoring Ensure the actions we take are part of statewide – Ensure the actions we take are part of statewide conservation programs/priorities

  • WCPR Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and

    RecoveryRecove y

    Multi-Level Approach  Statewide  Regional  Area-specific

    All l l f ithi Allows area level focus, within coordinated statewide conservation effortsconservation efforts

  • WCPR Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and

    S id A

    Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and Recovery

    Statewide Assessment 60 Focal Species, 1 group (wading birds)  Potential Habitat Maps  Population Viability Analysis

  • Statewide Level :

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    Potential Habitat Maps  Not necessarily occupied

     No measure of quality

  • Statewide Level : Population Viability Analysis (PVA)

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  • Statewide Level : P l i Vi bili A l i (PVA)Population Viability Analysis (PVA)

  • Regional Level : F i h A ’ R l I C iFraming the Area’s Role In Conservation

  • R i l Regional Level :Level :

    Framing the A ’ R l I Area’s Role In Conservation

  • WCPR Area-Specific  15 of 60 focal

    species  Include all listed Include all listed

    species  Discuss species

    ith t ff & with area staff & species experts

     Host workshopp  Area’s role in

    wildlife conservation

  • Area-Specific : P t ti l H bit t M Potential Habitat Maps

    Current Condition

    Post Restoration Potential

  • WCPR Wildlif C i P i i i i d RWildlife Conservation Prioritization and Recovery

    Conduct workshopConduct workshop  Many levels of decision makers  Species experts & other sectionsSpecies experts & other sections  Open discussion of species

    needs/opportunities/ pp

  • WorkshopsWorkshops  Review area’s potential  Management needs/opport nities Management needs/opportunities  Beyond the boundaries issues  Area’s role in conservationArea s role in conservation  Which species could have

    measurable objectives  Monitoring – which species need

    monitoring; which are best indicators of management or g habitat condition; which do we know how to count; obligation to count?count?

  • Workshop Output :Workshop Output :  A listed and focal species A listed and focal species

    management strategy for the area − Identify what could/should

    be done − Identify measurable

    objectives, and monitoring necessary (must include y ( the purpose)

  • WCPR Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and Recovery

    Finalize Strategy

     Expert review St t

    Finalize Strategy

     Strategy – Reasonable/accomplishable – Measurable objectivesMeasurable objectives – Necessary actions – Monitoring

  • WCPR Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and Recovery

    The StrategyThe Strategy  Provides the species assessment  Describes necessary actions  Describes necessary monitoring  Influence work plans  Influence budget requests  Influence what work gets done

  • Strategy Success StoriesStrategy Success Stories Monitoring Examples:g p  Opportunistic observation of listed

    speciesspecies  OPS bio to assist with monitoring

    G h t t i it i Gopher tortoise monitoring  Gopher frog call surveys  Scrub jay monitoring  Wading birdsWading birds

  • To Support MonitoringTo Support Monitoring  Creating a central

    database  Documenting extent g

    of existing data – Develop plan to get Develop plan to get

    data into db

     Standardizing Standardizing monitoring protocol

  • Some things that are important Some things that are important can’t be counted,

    and some things that are counted may not be important.may not be important.

  • Prior to Surveying or Monitoring: • Explicit objective: how will monitoring data

    influence management decision?

    • Response variable: what is the most relevant data to collect?

    P i i /A h t t l bl • Precision/Accuracy: what are your tolerable confidence levels?

    • Statistical Analysis: what analysis will be used to • Statistical Analysis: what analysis will be used to test the hypothesis, with the appropriate accuracy/precision?

    • Data Storage & management: how will data be collected, entered, stored, analyzed, maintained?

  • Monitoring Protocol

    Data storage

    Monitoring Protocol

    Data storage and maintenance

    field technique

    statistical analysis

  • WCPR - Summary Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and Recovery

    A program to prioritize what we do for focal A program to prioritize what we do for focal species on WMA system lands

    Facilitate recovery of imperiled and focal Facilitate recovery of imperiled and focal species  Area specific wildlife Strategies that consider the p g

    ‘big picture’  Measurable objectives  Prescribed management  Prescribed monitoring

    specific to the area-specific to the area

  • WCPR - Summary Wildlife Conservation Prioritization and Recovery

    A program to prioritize what we do for focal A program to prioritize what we do for focal species on WMA system lands

    Facilitate recovery of imperiled and focal y p species

    Supported by:Supported by:  Standardize monitoring protocol  Central database Central database  Species information

  • Thank you. Questions?Questions?

  • Tiers of Monitoring:Tiers of Monitoring:

     Presence Presence  Trend  Density  Demographic informationg p

  •  Census is a complete count of all individuals in a given area (rarely possible with wildlife populations).