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NRCC Newsletter

February 2022
NRCC Research Associates Featured in a
Special Issue of Ecological Indicators

An upcoming special issue in the journal Ecological Indicators features the collaborative long-term amphibian and wetland monitoring work of several NRCC Research Associates and Project Partners. Since 2006, NRCC and NPS have partnered to conduct annual surveys of amphibians across Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The information generated through this monitoring program has helped to strengthen our current understanding of amphibian responses to a changing climate. Several articles in this series highlight how amphibians are important ecological indicators in National Parks and beyond. However, some of the longest-running monitoring projects are happening right here in the GYE. Through collaborative partnerships and committed work, NRCC scientists have been documenting changes in amphibian occurrence and documenting which habitats they select—information that is critical to the climate-informed management of amphibians and other species of conservation concern.


Andrew Ray surveying for the presence of amphibians in a catchment in the Yellowstone backcountry in July 2021 (Photo Credit: Lindsay Coe)

Project Partner Andrew Ray and Research Associate’s Debra Patla and Chuck Peterson are co-authors in a piece that gives important details and reflections on the past 15 years of amphibian monitoring in the GYE.


Debra Patla looking for Boreal Chorus Frogs, Columbia Spotted Frogs, Western Toads, and Western Tiger Salamanders. (Photo Credit: Lindsay Coe)

Research Associates Erin Muths and Blake Hossack are co-authors in this article that discusses the role of infectious disease in amphibian decline.
 
Click here to access the entire open access online issue.

 

Research Associate Dr. Hannah Jaicks
Releases a New Book



In the new book, The Atlas of Conflict Reduction: A Montana Field-Guide to Sharing Ranching Landscapes with Wildlife, Research Associate Dr. Hannah Jaicks shares insights into the landscapes and people of western Montana who are working to integrate ranching with stewardship. Each chapter highlights a different valley in western Montana and showcases the innovative work being done to reduce conflict with wildlife on working lands. The book was recently published by Anthem Press and is available to purchase here.

    
Illustrations by Katie Shepherd Christiansen
 
Additionally, NRCC’s Artist-in-Residence, Katie Shepherd Christiansen, provides the illustrations that accompany these personal stories. 
 
Congrats to Hannah for your many years of dedicated work to sharing the stories of people and wildlife living together!
 












 


Author Dr. Hannah Jaicks

 

New Paper from Research Associate Corinna Riginos Shows Speed Limits Don't Reduce Wildlife Collisions

In a new publication from NRCC and The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming, Corinna Riginos and co-authors found that lowering speed limits on highways is an ineffective way to reduce collisions between wildlife and vehicles. 


Corinna Riginos near a highway study site in Wyoming. (Photo Credit: R.J. Turner)
 
Discussing the results, Riginos says, “Given the small reduction in vehicle speeds, it is not surprising that there was little benefit of reduced speed limit for deer or people. Our conclusion is that this simply isn’t an effective way to reduce these accidents since people don’t comply with the posted speed limit. Since changing human behavior isn’t easy, the only sure way to significantly address this problem is to build over- or underpasses that allow animals to cross roads without touching the pavement.” 
 
Read the full article here.

 

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