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This task agreement was awarded by the National Park Service (NPS), Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAME), to the Public Lands Institute (PLI) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on October 1, 2005. This monitoring, research, and management project consisted of several project elements focused on: bald eagles, peregrine falcons, rare songbird species (including southwest willow flycatcher); aquatic birds, relict leopard frog, desert tortoise, and bighorn sheep. In general, actions associated with this project focused on the development and implementation of inventory and monitoring programs to determine the distribution, status, abundance, trends, and potential threats to these animals, as well as providing technical assistance necessary to address management research questions and to accomplish appropriate management actions. These actions included participation in a wide variety of planning and compliance activities aimed at meeting the objectives and goals of the NPS and the Clark County Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSHCP). During the past year, ending September 30, 2006, the following major activities and products have been accomplished towards successfully meeting the deliverables in the statement of work for this agreement:
- Final report completed for 2004-2005 desert tortoise monitoring project.
- Final report completed on 2004-2005 bald eagle monitoring.
- Bald eagle count for 2006 successfully completed.
- Final report completed for 2004-2005 monitoring efforts on peregrine falcons.
- Peregrine falcon monitoring efforts for 2006 successfully completed.
- Final report completed for 2004-2005 relict leopard frog management.
- Spring monitoring for relict leopard frogs and translocation efforts completed for 2006
- Aquatic and shorebird inventory and monitoring monthly surveys completed and a final report summarizing three years (2004-2006) of efforts on this inventory and monitoring project completed and submitted to the NPS.
- Final report completed on 2004-2005 monitoring efforts on songbird species, including monitoring of southwestern willow flycatchers.
- Spring and summer monitoring efforts for songbird species completed for 2006.
- Coordination and consultations conducted to refine field methods for research on thrasher species (elusive bird of conservation concern) distribution and habitat selection, and targeted point counts for this research project conducted at 297 sites across Clark County.
Bald eagle--Geographical distribution; Bighorn sheep--Behavior; Desert tortoise--Protection; Empidonax traillii; Falco peregrinus; Gopherus agassizii; Habitat (Ecology)--Protection; Haliaeetus leucocephalus; Ovis canadensis; Peregrine falcon--Habitat; Southwestern willow flycatcher; United States--Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Wildlife monitoring
Desert Ecology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Monitoring | Natural Resources Management and Policy
Rees, M. N.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Sensitive Wildlife Species Monitoring and Analysis: Final Progress Report, Period Ending September 30, 2006.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/pli_lake_mead_wildlife/14