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    O'Sullivan, M.T., K. Murray, and S. Bergen. 2009. Maintaining Connectivity for Wide-Ranging Species: Pronghorn Migration Routes and Crucial Habitat in the Lost River Sinks Landscape. Hailey, ID.

    Abstract:  This study will document the migration corridors used by pronghorn in the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon region. Our long term goal is to maintain connectivity for pronghorn and other wide ranging wildlife species in this landscape. With the help of Idaho Department of Fish and Game and other partners, we captured 10 female pronghorn with a net-gun fired from a helicopter during October of 2008, and equipped them with GPS collars with mortality sensors and release mechanisms. The collared animals are being monitored throughout the duration of the study using both ground and aerial telemetry. The GPS collars are programmed to release in the summer of 2009. We will recover the collars, download the data, and map and analyze pronghorn movements and distribution throughout the year using ArcView. The goal of this study is to inform county, state, federal, and private land-use planning and management by providing information on pronghorn migration routes and seasonal habitat use within the Pioneer Mountains/Craters of the Moon Landscape.

    Recent Field Studies

    Ecological Assessments and Research Supported by the Lava Lake Institute:

    Bradley, B. 2007. Short term impacts of changing grazing regime in central Idaho detected with remote sensing. Princeton University. Princeton, NJ.
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    Bunting, S. and E. Strand. 2008 Enhancing spatial heterogeneity of grazed landscapes: implications to the fire fuel matrix. University of Idaho. Moscow, ID.
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    Carlisle, J. 2007. Analysis of riparian bird population changes in the Pioneer Mountain Foothills at Lava Lake Ranch from 2001-2007. Boise, ID.
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    Caselton Lowe, C. 2008. An examination of insect communities and their response to changes in vegetation structure with emphasis on Coleoptera and Hymenoptera in a sagebrush steppe habitat in south-central Idaho. Master
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    Karl, J, K. Colson, A.R. Sands, and B. Unnasch. 2008. The Landscape Toolbox: Integrating Tools and Methods for Effective Rangeland Management at Multiple Spatial Scales. The Nature Conservancy, Boise, ID.
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    O'Sullivan, M.T., K. Murray, and S. Bergen. 2009. Maintaining Connectivity for Wide-Ranging Species: Pronghorn Migration Routes and Crucial Habitat in the Lost River Sinks Landscape. Hailey, ID.
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    Pollock, M. 2009.  Effects of sheep grazing and habitat composition on Brewer's sparrow and vesper sparrow habitat selection and breeding success in mountain big sagebrush steppe. Master
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    Strand, E., S. Bunting, and M.T. O'Sullivan. 2008. Change detection in quaking aspen using current and historical aerial photography. University of Idaho. Moscow, ID.
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    Wijayrante, U.C. and D. A. Pyke. 2007. Investigating seed longevity of Mountain and Wyoming Big Sagebrush. Forest and Rangeland ecosystem Science Center, USGS. Corvallis, OR.
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    Zaroban, D. 2008. Distribution, habitat use, ranging behavior, and disturbances influencing the Wood River sculpin. Department of Environmental Quality. Boise, ID.
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    P. O. Box 2249 • Hailey, Idaho 83333 • Phone 208.788.1378 • Fax 208.788.1264 • info@lavalakeinstitute.org
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