IN THIS ISSUE...
RESEARCH & LAND MANAGEMENT
- Quail Hatch — Good Hunting Numbers
- Fire Effects on Coastal Marsh Bird Species
- New study – What plants return when fire is re-introduced?
- Fire Science Co-production Workshop
- Scientifically Sowing the Seeds of the Sundial
Fall 2019 | Vol 12 | No 4
The 2019 breeding season is well behind us, and many bird dogs have now had the opportunity to knock off the rust from last year, hot on the trail for a covey’s scent. Despite the late-season conditions hampering the late hatch production, covey call counts in October and November have indicated that bobwhite numbers this year are just fine, notwithstanding the drought in July‒September.
Amendment 1 Sponsors Gather in Tallahassee to Celebrate 5-Year Anniversary; Encourage Legislature to Fully Fund Florida Forever
This time five years ago, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (“Amendment 1”) and effectively added it to the state constitution. With about 75% approval across the state, Florida voters sent a clear message they wanted dedicated funds to protect Florida’s water, wildlife habitat, natural areas, and parks, now and for future generations.
Fire has had an effect on almost every natural ecosystem found in Florida and southern Georgia. The frequency with which fires returned to some habitat types may not have been as regular as that needed to maintain our upland pinelands, but return it did at some point, and of course likely had an effect on habitat quality for several key species.
It has long been know that when fire is excluded from fire-dependent pine communities of the southeastern U.S. for more than about a decade, the herbaceous community all but disappears and gives way to woody vegetation. But is it gone forever?
Morgan Varner and Kevin Hiers were tapped by the Joint Fire Science Program to lead a national strategic workshop in Salt Lake City, UT (Oct 28-30) on how to improve and institutionalize scientist-manager co-production of actionable fire science. Scientist-manager collaboration or "co-production" is a new buzz word for how Tall Timbers and a few others have generated actionable science in the past.
The seeds are sown, and now we eagerly await the results of a new experiment aimed at restoring habitat for a rare butterfly. The Frosted Elfin butterfly has faced range-wide declines for decades from pesticides, lack of prescribed fire, and overall habitat loss. But hope for the Frosted Elfin is not lost, as research takes a new, greener direction.
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