Science

The RWBJV science staff develops models and decision support tools essential to strategic habitat conservation. View summaries below, or download complete documents.

Nebraska’s Northeast Habitat Management Decision Support System

The RWBJV science office describes development of a DSS that helps prioritize geographic areas in which to pursue conservation practices, while maximizing the likelihood of achieving multiple stakeholder objectives.

Conservation of Avian Resources through Species Distribution Models and Strategic Habitat Conservation

Species Distribution Models help guide strategic conservation efforts for RWBJV priority species.

Species Assessment

RWB Wetland Complex Waterfowl Habitat Use Model version 2

A model that weighs cumulative effects of various landscape features. This analysis helps identify potential areas of high-quality waterfowl habitat, thus allowing prioritization of conservation efforts.

Landscape-Level Habitat Use by Trumpeter Swans

A synthesis of information on habitat use by the High Plains Flock of Trumpeter Swans. Analysis may be used to identify areas of potentially suitable habitat for nesting swans.

Whooping Crane Conservation Plan for the RWB Region

A habitat suitability index to help identify potential sites for whooping crane habitat, based on characteristics of wetlands where whooping crane use has been documented.

Greater Prairie-Chickens in Nebraska’s Tallgrass Prairie Region: Impacts of Conservation Programs and Land Use

A model to help address the questions of “where” and “how much” in protecting and restoring tallgrass prairie habitat for greater prairie-chicken and other grassland species.

Prairie Dog and Burrowing Owl Habitat Analysis throughout Nebraska

Burrowing owls have a symbiotic relationship with prairie dogs and often use their burrows for nests. This habitat suitability index helps identify potential available habitat for burrowing owls in Nebraska.

Prairie Grouse and Long-Billed Curlew: Assessing Probability of Occurrence and Distribution Models

Description and assessment of predictive spatial species-occurrence models for greater prairie-chicken, sharp-tailed grouse and long-billed curlew throughout Nebraska.

Ferruginous Hawk and Golden Eagle Habitat Suitability Indices

Models to help identify habitat variables contributing to nest site selection, and to identify areas where these two species may be especially vulnerable.

Decision Support System for Advanced Biofuels Plants

A decision support system to help Nebraska’s ethanol manufacturers identify areas where conversion to alternative crops or other biomass inputs may provide both economic and ecological benefits.

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