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Wildlife indicators of Greater Everglades restoration progress, climate change, and shifts in ecosystem services

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Stephanie Romanach
Publication_Date: Unknown
Title:
Wildlife indicators of Greater Everglades restoration progress, climate change, and shifts in ecosystem services
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Maps and Data
Online_Linkage:
<https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/index.php?project_url=wl_indicators>
Description:
Abstract:
Greater Everglades restoration partners will want to learn from restoration of Picayune Strand as the first of its kind. One of the major benefits of Picayune Strand restoration will be to provide overland water flow to Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (TTINWR); however, it is unknown whether the timing and duration of water flow will be for the benefit of wildlife species of interest and concern. Understanding how wildlife responds to flow patterns post-restoration will be of great value to scientists, land managers, and other decision makers. Results of this study will provide information about the usage of southwest Florida’s interior marshes by bird communities. Results will also allow natural resource managers to examine potential effects of restoration and climate change on wildlife under their stewardship in the context of ecosystem and landscape management planning.
Purpose:
Specific Relevance to Major Unanswered Questions and Information Needs Identified:
1). Research will contribute to the three cited priorities of the FWS Migratory Bird Program: - Address the loss and degradation of migratory bird habitats. - Increase and improve scientific information on migratory bird populations. - Strengthen and expand regional, national, and international partnerships to achieve comprehensive bird conservation.
2). This project will help meet some of the DOI science needs for southwest Florida listed as ‘Major DOI Responsibilities and Interests’ and include understanding: - How will coastal communities be affected by the simultaneous effects of increased freshwater flows and sea-level rise? - How do hydrologic and water quality targets relate to the landscape-scale assemblage of habitats needed to support the area's fish and wildlife resources and particularly the wide-ranging species, such as the Florida panther, West Indian manatee, Florida black bear, wood stork, and other migratory and wading birds? - What are the key ecological indicators and how will they respond to the desired flow regime? - What are the effects on wildlife within the Ten Thousand Islands NWR? - What is the ecological response to hydrologic change?
3). Products can help with efforts to develop a national strategy for assisting fish and wildlife in adapting to climate change. This process will work toward meeting FWS goals outlined in their draft climate change strategy and 5-year action plan. In particular, this information will assist with the goals and objectives in the draft of Adaptation and Planning and Delivering Landscape Conservation; information can be used in a landscape conservation approach to identify key areas that must be conserved to account for climate change impacts.
4). Results will contribute to USGS terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments ecosystem science programs.
5). Results may be able to contribute to plans (multi-agency, multi-organization) to use birds, including shorebirds, as indicators of ecosystem health for the Gulf of Mexico (with results in the form of a report card).
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 20121001
Ending_Date: 20130930
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Unknown
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent: Southwest Florida's Greater Everglades and Big Cypress Basin
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.6
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.4
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 26.2
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 25.9
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: Wildlife indicators
Theme_Keyword: Restoration
Theme_Keyword: Climate change
Theme_Keyword: Ecosystem services
Theme_Keyword: Interior marsh
Theme_Keyword: Bird survey
Theme_Keyword: Hydrology
Theme_Keyword: Picayune Strand Restoration Project
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: Environment
Theme_Keyword: Inland Waters
Theme_Keyword: Biota
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Geographic Names Information System
Place_Keyword: Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Place_Keyword: Picayune Strand
Place_Keyword: Ten Thousand Islands
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Greater Everglades
Place_Keyword: Big Cypress Basin
Place_Keyword: Southwestern Florida
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas of the United States, and associated areas (Federal Information Processing Standard 5-2): Washington, DC, NIST
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: FL
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas, FIPS 6-3, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: Collier County
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: None
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Stephanie Romanach
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 3205 College Avenue
City: Davie
State_or_Province: Florida
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 754-264-6060
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 954-475-4125
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sromanach@usgs.gov
Data_Set_Credit:
Supporting Personnel: David A. Tafoya and Kelsey Chambers
Supporting Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey; University of Florida
Funding Sources: USGS Greater Everglades (GE) Priority Ecosystem Science (PES)
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Stephanie Romanach, Don DeAngelis, Jerry Lorenz, Dale Gawlik, Laura Brandt, Leonard Pearlstine, Carl Fitz, and Doug Donaldson.
Publication_Date: Unknown
Title:
Joint Ecosystem Modeling: Greater Everglades Modeling Decision Support Tools and Ecosystem Models at IMC
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Maps and data
Other_Citation_Details: Associated/Linked Study
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/workplans12/jem.html>

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: Not applicable
Completeness_Report: Not applicable
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Coastal
The coastal research is being conducted at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (TTINWR) and in a comparison site in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (FSPSP). TTINWR, located south of Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP), will be receiving overland flow of freshwater as restoration progresses and the canals in Picayune are plugged. Fakahatchee is located adjacent to the east of TTINWR and freshwater flow is not planned to reach the area east of the ‘chain of lakes’ where the control site is located.

Changes in bird species assemblages may serve as indicators of change in water levels or hydroperiod during sensitive times of year for foraging. In the future, the interior marshes of TTINWR will be impacted from the north by freshwater moving south from Picayune in addition to the currently measured sea level rise and saltwater intrusion. Freshwater flow through TTI from the north may serve to slow the rate of vegetative change (i.e., marsh loss to mangrove encroachment) and help retain the Eleocharis marsh which is an important foraging ground for shorebirds in TTI. Freshwater flow may also result in increased water levels and extended hydroperiods that may impact foraging ability of shorebirds and other wading birds in these interior marshes.

This project will monitor bird species assemblage in the interior marsh of TTINWR and FSPSP over time in relation to water levels, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and invertebrate prey. Bird use of the marsh will be monitored including recording numbers (by species) all birds detected, including shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl. Water level, salinity, and dissolved oxygen are recorded during each bird survey. Data will be collected before Picayune restoration is complete, during the restoration process, and after.

Bird surveys and environmental data collection began at the start of FY13, in early October and will continue through the wet and into the dry season. Surveys are conducted every other week. Data collection from October through December has shown dropping water depths and temperatures and increased bird species abundance and diversity. Fish and aquatic invertebrate surveys will span the high, mid, and low wet season (December, October, February) and are being carried out by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
Process_Date: Unknown
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Upland
The upland research is being conducted in PSRP. The PSRP is in the process of restoring pre-drainage hydrology to this portion of the Greater Everglades ecosystem. Wildlife species and their prey species are good indicators of ecosystem change and restoration, especially restoration of a more natural hydrology as is planned for PSRP. Restoration of this area will provide increased habitat for important Everglades species but is also expected to restore connectivity within and between natural areas adjacent to the project areas such as FSPSP and Florida Panther NWR.

This project will monitor bird species assemblages in PSRP over time in relation to water levels and invertebrate prey. Bird use of the marsh will be monitored including recording numbers (by species) all birds detected at each of 22 well locations in PSRP (Figure 2). Data will be collected before Picayune restoration is complete, during the restoration process, and after.

Bird surveys and environmental data collection began at the start of FY13, in early October and will continue through the wet and into the dry season. Surveys are conducted every four weeks. Fish and aquatic invertebrate surveys will be conducted when and where possible. Canal drainage limits the aquatic sampling sites as early as the mid wet season. Terrestrial invertebrate surveys will be conducted at all 22 well sites (using both sweep net and pitfall trap methods) in the fall and spring.
Process_Date: Unknown

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Data from both coastal and upland projects will be made available via a web interface (<http://www.jem.gov/Data>) for land managers, decision makers, scientists, and other interested parties. The database is being developed by Joint Ecosystem Modeling and will include data from many investigators throughout the Greater Everglades. The map interface will allow users to click on icons to explore the data housed.
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: Romanach et al.

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather S. Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: Florida
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-803-8747 x3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: hhenkel@usgs.gov
Distribution_Liability: The data have no explicit or implied guarantees

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20131114
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather S. Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-803-8747 x3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001.1-1999

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