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Tracking Endangered Animals. Volunteer Opportunities with The Natural Heritage Inventory Program. Kim Grveles Endangered Resources. WI Natural Heritage Inventory Program. rare or declining species, high quality or rare natural communities and unique natural features

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    1. Tracking Endangered Animals Volunteer Opportunities with The Natural Heritage Inventory Program Kim Grveles Endangered Resources

    2. WI Natural Heritage Inventory Program • rare or declining species, high quality or rare natural communities and unique natural features • Established in 1985 • Part of an international network

    3. Courtesy R. Brady Taxa Groups Tracked by NHI • Birds • Species Concentration Sites • Plants • Mammals • Fishes • Herptiles • Invertebrates • Natural Communities

    4. NHI Working List of Rare Birds • 83 species currently • Last updated in January 2004 • Species that have State/Federal status

    5. Photo Courtesy Kathryn Kirk Working List of Rare Dragonflies and Damselflies • 65 species currently • Last updated in January 2004 • No changes since December 2003 • Species that have State/Federal status Hines Emerald (Somatochlora hineana)

    6. Why track this information? • 1. What rare species and ecosystems • exist in the State? • 2. Where precisely are they found? • 3. What is their status and which are • priorities for conservation?

    7. Peatlands Rare Bird Study • Northern Sedge Meadows • Nocturnal • Mid-May – June 30 • Selected Sites • Northern Counties • Central Plains Photo Courtesy Eric Epstein

    8. Peatlands Target Bird Species • Yellow Rail • American Bittern • Le Conte’s Sparrow • Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow

    9. Photo Courtesy A. B. Sheldon

    10. Odonata Surveys 2007 • Collect Exuviate • Select Streams • Target Species • Ophiogomphus susbehcha • O. anomalus • O. howei • O. smithi

    11. Photo Courtesy E. Judziewicx Peatlands and Odonata • Collect Exuviate • Targeted Study Sites • All Working List Species

    12. WI Odonate Atlas Survey

    13. More Information: • Contact: Bill Smith NHI Zoologist 608-266-0924 smithw@wisconsin.gov • On-Line: http://inventory.WIatri.net/odonata

    14. Forest Bird Inventory • Breeding Surveys • State Lands • Property Near You • Sight and Auditory ID

    15. Photo Courtesy Sumner Matteson Why is CBM Important for NHI? Citizen-based reporting can: • Help fill the gaps of our database • Increase knowledge of species distribution • Make a powerful contribution to the protection of biodiversity

    16. Contributing to the NHI Database: Opportunities for CBM • Volunteer opportunities • Everyday possibilities: • Field Trips • Backyard Observations

    17. How to Get Started: • Packets Available • Rare Animal Field Reports • Look for: • Working List Species • Breeding Evidence • Appropriate Habitat & Season • Species Concentration Sites

    18. Sign-up Today