Stewardship Shorts - NAC21

Stewardship Shorts

STEWARDSHIP SHORTS are brief 3 to 5 minute, pre-recorded video presentations that describe a project, methodology, best practice or challenge related to a natural area(s) and can focus on any area of conservation ecology. These "vlogs" are an opportunity to learn from your colleagues so that they may become a resource to you. 

1) Notes from the Field: Research on River Scour Sites on the Youghiogheny River in Southwestern Pennsylvania (2:37 minutes)

Organization - Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

Description - Chris Tracey, Conservation Planning Manager for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program highlights research to better understand river habitat and river scour sites as impacted by high volume water events.

Submitted by - Chris Tracey, Ecologist & Conservation Planner, Western Pennsylvalia Conservancy

2) Status and Conservation Actions for Insects in Greatest Conservation Need (4:49 minutes) 

Organization - State Wildlife Grant Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois Natural History Survey)

Description - In this video we describe the goals and methodology used for our ongoing SWG-funded project. For this project, we selected a subset of conservation-priority species of Hemiptera and Lepidoptera listed in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan and Watch List. Our purpose is to provide information on the status and distribution of priority species, and examine what roles habitat quality and management (e.g., prescribed burning, removal of invasive species) have on priority species.

Submitted by Valeria Trivellone, Postdoctorial Research Associate

Collaborators - Brenda Molano-Flores, Chris Dietrich, David Zaya, Thomas J. Benson, Abby Pagels

3) Hawk Mountain's Golden Eagle Trail Remediation (4:59 minutes)

Organization - Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Description - Learn about the methodology used by the Hawk Mountain Stewardship Department in the remediation of the Sanctuary's Golden Eagle Trail.

Submitted by - Noah Rauch, Santuary Steward

Collaborators - Todd Bauman, Stephen Wade

4) Lake Brittain Vegetation and Water Quality Assessment (5:26 minutes)

Organization - Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. and Westminster College

Description - Join botanist and Westminster College alum Kyle Filicky and ecologist Sara Keddie, both of Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC), as they demonstrate to Westminster College Freshwater Biology students how to perform a baseline vegetation and water quality assessment on Lake Brittain. The baseline assessment will provide CEC with critical information for developing an appropriate maintenance solution to the over-abundance of aquatic vegetation thriving within lake Brittain. This is one example of the ecological services that CEC has provided to Westminster College over the years. This video was created by Kyle Filicky for explicit use by CEC and Westminster College.

Submitted by - Kyle Filicky, Project Manager

Collaborators - Sara Keddie, Dr. Helen Boylan, Emily Chiodo, Joe Filicky, Ken Filicky, Amy Malishchak, Dr. Ann Throckmorton

5) Why Deer and Fire Don't Mix: Tips for Oak Forest Management (2:18 minutes)

Organization - National Park Service

Description - Learn how prescribed fire can help or hurt oak forest regeneration under different levels of deer browse pressure.

Submitted by - Stephanie Perles, Plant Ecologist, Inventory & Monitoring

Collaborators - Xiaoyue Niu, Andrew Ruth, Lane Gibbons, Michelle Faherty, Melissa Forder, Stephen Paull, John Fry, Douglas Manning

6) Weed Wrangle®: A Stewardship Program In Communities Across The Country (1:54 minutes)

Organization - Weed Wrangle® is an initiative of the Garden Club of Nashville, a member of The Garden Club of America.

Description - Weed Wrangle® is a grassroots project whose efforts are improved one weed, one volunteer at a time. This project idea emerged in 2015 from discussions between members of The Garden Club of Nashville, a member of The Garden Club of America and the Friends of Warner Parks about the number of invasive weed pulls that were being hosted sporadically around the city of Nashville. The Garden Club of Nashville coordinated efforts of local parks and green spaces to discuss the idea of having a one-day education and eradication event, city-wide, with a media blitz. Years later, this grassroots project is now in multiple states and growing invasively, like a weed! â‹ MISSION To establish partnerships that connect volunteers and public lands for the purpose of education and eradication of non-native invasive plant species followed with the planned restoration of native plant communities. â‹ VISION To promote Weed Wrangle® as a nationwide structure for organizing all eradication events on public lands including national, state and city parks with the goals of increasing participation and public awareness about the threats from non-native invasive species, eradicating those plant populations and replacing them with natives.

Submitted by - Cayce McAlister

7) All Hope is Not Lost: How to Succeed at Invasive Species Management (4:23 minutes)  

Organization - National Park Service 

Description - Learn about a tool to prioritize the most important places in your natural area where invasive species treatment can succeed.

Submitted by - Stephanie Perles, Plant Ecologist, Inventory & Monitoring

Collaborators - Kate Miller, Art Gover

8Connectivity for Pollinators at Indiana Dunes National Park (3:32 minutes)

Organization - National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey

Description - We highlight some of the research underway at Indiana Dunes National Park to better understand the roles landscape connectivity and habitat heterogeneity play in native bee communities across the Indiana Dunes landscape.

Submitted by - Desi Robertson-Thompson, Great Lakes Research and Education

Collaborators - Tyler McGill, Johanna Nifosi, Ralph Grundel, Noel Pavlovic

9) Ecological Restoration of a Shenandoah Valley Sinkhole Pond (5:40 minutes)

Organization - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Natural Heritage Program

Description - This short briefly describes how prescribed fire is being used to restore the hydrology of a globally rare Shenandoah Valley Sinkhole Pond community.

Submitted by - Ryan Klopf, Regional Steward and Supervisor

10) The Haggard Track Restoration: May Prairie State Natural Area (4:58 minutes)

Organization - Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Division of Natural Areas

Description - May Prairie, a 500-acre Designated State Natural Area and Registered National Natural Landmark in Coffee County TN, has been a focus of management since the site was originally protected in the 1970s. An additional acquisition to the site during the 1990s added a new management unit to the natural area. Known as the Haggard Tract, the unit has seen extensive hydrologic and natural community restoration efforts in the last decade, and results have proven highly successful.   

Submitted by - Jason Miller, Natural Areas Administrator

11) Conservation of Groundwater Stream Biodiversity in Northwest Arkansas (11:33 minutes)

Organization - Arkansas Heritage & Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Description - Protecting prairie biodiversity and groundwater in two regions of the Ozark Highlands within a rapidly developing area.

Submitted by - Theo Witsell, Ecologist & Chief of Research and Dustin Lynch, Aquatic Ecologist


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