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1 The Role of Citizens in Endangered Species Monitoring Rori Paloski Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

2 I.Rare species definitions II.Examples of successful citizen monitoring programs involving rare species III.Issues to consider IV.Where is rare species data stored? V.How to report rare species data VI.Potential future projects

3 Rare Species Definitions Endangered - any species whose continued existence as a viable component of this state's wild animals or wild plants is determined by the Department to be in jeopardy on the basis of scientific evidence. Threatened - any species which appears likely, within the foreseeable future, on the basis of scientific evidence to become endangered. Special Concern - problem of abundance or distribution is suspected but not yet proven. Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) - Wildlife Action Plan term; native wildlife species most at risk of declining to the point where they are no longer a viable part of Wisconsin's fauna, includes all state and federally listed animal species Rare - a species that is uncommon; a general term to include all endangered, threatened, special concern and SGCN

4 Rare Species Monitoring Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) WI Statewide Small Mammal Inventory WI Odonata Survey Bullsnake Sighting Initiative WI Frog and Toad Survey (WFTS) Winter Track Count WI Herp Atlas Western Great Lakes Region Owl Monitoring

5 Issues to Consider – Species Experts Work closely with a DNR/university/federal researcher specializing in the target species or taxa group Assist in multiple aspects of the project: Project planning Specific permits and regulation Species identification

6 Issues to Consider – Private Land Always get permission before entering private land Even if you know permission is not needed or you are working on public land, alert the landowner or property manager Right-of-way regulations Ordinary high water mark

7 Issues to Consider – Habitat Disturbance Some rare species are especially vulnerable to disturbance Work with a species expert on appropriate field techniques

8 Issues to Consider - Handling “Endangered and Threatened Species Permit” required for many activities including transporting, handling or possessing a rare species Variety of other permits may be required Follow all state and federal regulations Established protocols for safe handling

9 Issues to Consider - Identification Some rare species are very difficult to identify Work with a species expert Documentation

10 Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) Database International network Established by The Nature Conservancy Coordinated by NatureServe “NHI Working List” Sources: researchers, museum records, published reports, field data Purpose: management, planning, environmental review

11 Reporting Rare Species Data Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) Database –Rare Animal Field Report (DNR Form )

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13 Reporting Rare Species Data Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) Database –Rare Animal Field Report (DNR Form ) –Rare Plant Field Report (DNR Form )

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15 Reporting Rare Species Data Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) Database –Rare Animal Field Report (DNR Form ) –Rare Plant Field Report (DNR Form ) WI NatureMapping Work directly with species experts

16 Potential Future Projects Where to find existing projects that include rare species: “Who’s Who of Citizen-based Monitoring in Wisconsin” (subject, county and organization) Work with a species expert How to start a new project involving rare species: Look at state priorities: Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI), EcoAtlas Work with a species expert CBM Partnership Program priorities: Gaps in current monitoring Multiple species State priorities

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