Webinar: Factors Influencing Seasonal Migrations of Pronghorn Across the Northern Sagebrush Steppe
When: Sept. 14, 2016 from 12-1 pm MST
Hosts: Great Northern and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
Presenters: Andrew Jakes, University of Montana. Andrew has worked on pronghorn for over eight years. He completed his PhD in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary in 2015 and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Montana, working on wildlife-fence interactions. He received a B.S. in Biology from James Madison University, VA (1998) and a M.S. in Biology from Towson University, MD (2001).
Description: Globally, grassland systems have received the highest impacts from human activities, and therefore management of these systems is important for ungulate conservation. Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) may undertake seasonal migrations to satisfy annual life history requirements. The effects from environmental gradients and anthropogenic factors on pronghorn migrations are not well understood.
This webinar will provide an overview of the study that addresses these objectives:
1. Classify and determine metrics for migration behaviors across individuals in the Northern Sagebrush Steppe (NSS);
2. Predict multi-scale seasonal pronghorn migration pathways across the NSS and integrate scales into one map and;
3. Create pronghorn connectivity network maps for the region.
Because pronghorn are well distributed across the landscape, move and operate at large landscape scales, are sensitive to both environmental and anthropogenic pressures and are highly regarded in public perception, I suggest that the pronghorn is a focal species useful for conservation planning across the NSS.
The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.