Do Small, Urban Restorations Create Habitat for Regionally Declining Plant and Animal Species?

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Show simple item record Lane, Jamie Lang, Bret Diaz, Margarita Chicoine, Tayler 2010-04-28T15:11:36Z 2010-04-28T15:11:36Z 2010-04-28T15:11:36Z
dc.description Advisor: Keith Summerville en_US
dc.description.abstract Collaborative efforts are often important in achieving ecological goals. We partnered with SE Polk High School to create a peer-mentoring research team with two goals: (1) to build environmental education into the high school biology classroom and (2) to ascertain if ecological restoration protects species diversity. In the summer of 2009, we sampled a 77 acre restored prairie easement at Metro Park East. This inventory allowed us to generate a set of baseline data to test the hypothesis that ecosystem restoration succeeds at protecting native species, even in an urban landscape. To produce our inventory, we created a multi-arrayed sampling methodology, based on non-lethal techniques. We used track identification, Sherman live trapping and drift fencing to collect vertebrates. For invertebrates, we used aerial netting to collect samples. Plants were identified when in bloom. We sampled a total of 68 animal species and 46 plant species. Nine species that are in regional decline were discovered: bobolink, dickcissle, sedge wren, grasshopper sparrow, yellow-billed cuckoo, red-headed woodpecker, bull snake, ring-necked snake and wild indigo duskywing. These represent 6 birds, 2 snakes, and one butterfly. Our results also allowed us to create a set of future erosion and invasive species management strategies for Metro Park East. Future work will attempt to experimentally increase habitat for the nine species of regional conservative concern. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, Environmental Science and Policy Program en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2010;3
dc.subject Biology--Education (Secondary) en_US
dc.subject Species diversity en_US
dc.subject Restoration ecology en_US
dc.title Do Small, Urban Restorations Create Habitat for Regionally Declining Plant and Animal Species? en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US

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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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