Concurrent Sessions & Poster Session: Presenters, Schedule & Abstracts

Concurrent Sessions & Poster Session:

Concurrent Session Abstracts

Room Alexander 1 Alexander 2 Dry Creek Ballroom
  Mesocarnivore Techniques & Ecology  (Chair:  Esther Burkett,CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife) Ecology and Management of Birds (Chair: Jeff Alvarez,The Wildlife Project) Wildlife Techniques(Chair: Jenny Rechel,USDA Forest Service) 
Wednesday 1:05 PM Home Is Where The Estimation Is
Powell, Roger
Taste Aversion, Trapping, and Translocation: an overview of predator management for two protected beach-nesting birds in southern California
Brinkman, Matt
Photo-sensor equipped Vaginal Implant Transmitters and Precise Event Timing coding aid in accessing birthing times, locations, and capture of mule deer neonates
Bush, Anthony
Wednesday 1:25 PM rSPACE: Spatially-based power analysis for conservation and ecology
Ellis, Martha
Geospatial Modeling of Common Raven Distribution and Abundance in Snowy Plover Habitats of Coastal Northern California
Lau, Matt
Applications of Next-Generation Sequencing Techniques to Wildlife Conservation and Management
Lounsberry, Zachary
Wednesday 1:45 PM Using spatially explicit power analyses to assess the power to detect trend for the southern Sierra Nevada fisher population
Tucker, Jody
Snowy Plovers Wintering in Coastal Northern California
Dejoannis, Alexa
A new method of recovering stomach content samples from freshwater turtles that is effective and humane
Karres, Nicole
Wednesday 2:05 PM Accelerometers and Remote Cameras Confirm Seasonal Patterns and Reveal Individual Differences in Activity Patterns of Pacific Martens
Tweedy, Patrick
The Response of Breeding Western Snowy Plovers to Habitat Restoration Evaluated by Resource Selection Function Analysis in Coastal Northern California
Leja, Stephanie
Using Mobile GIS for Aerial Wildlife Surveys
Alexander, Matthew
Session Break
Room Alexander 1 Alexander 2 Dry Creek Ballroom
  Mesocarnivore Techniques & Ecology(Chair:  Esther Burkett,CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife) Ecology and Management of Birds(Chair: Jeff Alvarez,The Wildlife Project) Wildlife Diseases(Chair:  Mike Ziccardi & Kristen Gilardi, Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Ctr, UC Davis)
Wednesday 2:45 PM The Efficacy of Assisted Dispersal for Restoration of The Humboldt Marten
Slauson, Keith
Shorebird Response to Varying Salinity and Water Depth in an Experimental Design in Salt Pond Management
Smith, Lacy
Reducing entanglement hazards to marine wildlife: partnering with commercial fishermen to recover derelict gear
Gilardi, Kirsten
Wednesday 3:05 PM Spatial-temporal interactions in female fishers (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in California
Rennie, Kerry
Space-Use and Behavior of Summering Greater Sandhill Cranes in Modoc County, California
Grebe, Abigail
The Value and Effectiveness of Oiled Wildlife Response
Ziccardi, Michael
Wednesday 3:25 PM Reestablishing fishers on a managed landscape in California
Facka, Aaron
Reproductive investment and success indicate senescence and individual heterogeneity in black brant
Riecke, Thomas
Conservation Through Collaboration: Zoos, Universities and You.
Wack, Ray
Wednesday 3:45 PM A Management Grid System for Implementing the Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Conservation Strategy
Spencer, Wayne
Survival and Growth Rates of Wood Duck Ducklings
Sedinger, Benjamin
Natural and anthropogenic causes of puma mortality in southern California
Sanchez, Jessica
Wednesday 4:05 PM A report on occupancy estimates, range extent, and habitat use for Sierra Nevada red fox, coyote, and Pacific marten in the eastern Sierra Nevada
Stermer, Chris
Brood Size and Nesting Phenology in Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) and Clark’s Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) in Northern California
Robison, Kristofer
Urban amphibian conservation in the midst of a fungal pathogen
Young, Jonathan
Wednesday 4:25 PM Native versus nonnative origins of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in the Great Basin
Alden, Preston
Nesting Bird Management at PG&E: A Standardized Species-based Approach to a System-wide Challenge
Burkholder, Laura
Complex interactive effects of water mold and an herbicide on chytridiomycosis in Pacific treefrog (Pseudacris regilla) hosts
Romansic, John


Room Alexander 1 Alexander 2 Dry Creek Ballroom
  Ecology and Management of Riparian Birds(Chair:  Chrissy Howell,USDA Forest Service) Ecology and Management of Reptiles and Amphibians(Chair:  Dave Cook,Sonoma County Water Agency) Ecology and Management of Mammals(Chair:  Brian Cypher, CSU Stanislaus, Endangered Species Recovery Program)
Thursday 8:35 AM Alameda Creek Riparian Bird Community Occupancy Analyses
Riensche, David
Acoustic Monitoring of Breeding Amphibians at Yosemite National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore
Kleeman, Patrick
Preliminary Results of the Effects of Utility-Scale Solar Energy Projects on Bats
Johnston, Dave
Thursday 8:55 AM Factors Affecting Detection of Yellow-Billed Cuckoos During Standardized Surveys
Stanek, John
Woodland Salamanders: Relative Abundances, Functional Roles, and Use as Metrics of Seral Status in California’s Forest Ecosystems.
Welsh, Hartwell
Roosting Ecology of Lasiurine Bats in the Northern Portion of the Central Valley, California
Wyatt, David
Thursday 9:15 AM Bank Swallow Status on the Sacramento River – Threatened or Endangered, and Where Do We Go From Here?
Wright, David
“Retiring” Amphibian Breeding Ponds Inundated by the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project, Contra Costa County, California
Davis, Cheryl
Importance of Oak Mistletoe in the Diet of Ringtails (Bassariscus astutus) in a portion of the Central Valley of California
Wyatt, David
Thursday 9:35 AM A science-based framework for setting riparian landbird population targets in California’s Central Valley
Dybala, Kristen
History and Status of the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) in the Sierra Nevada
Barry, Sean
Coyote Foraging Patterns in the Central Mojave Desert: Implications for Predation on Desert Tortoises
Cypher, Brian
Session Break
Room Alexander 1 Alexander 2 Dry Creek Ballroom
  Landbirds and Forest Management(Chair:  Chrissy Howell,USDA Forest Service) Ecology and Management of Reptiles and Amphibians(Chair:  Dave Cook,Sonoma County Water Agency) Ecology and Management of Mammals(Chair:  Brian Cypher, CSU Stanislaus, Endangered Species Recovery Program)
Thursday 10:15 AM Habitat Associations and Restoration Targets for Meadow Birds in the Sierra Nevada
Campos, Brent
Distribution of observations of California red-legged frog in the Great Central Valley Hydrographic Basin
Alvarez, Jeff
A range-wide occupancy estimate and habitat model for the endangered Point Arena mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa nigra)
Zielinski, William
Thursday 10:35 AM Assessing Willow Flycatcher Population Size and Distribution to Inform Meadow Restoration Priorities in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades
Loffland, Helen
Highway One Revisited: Twenty years of road surveys for California Red-legged Frogs in coastal Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties
Westphal, Michael
White-footed vole habitat selection at multiple scales supports a strong association with red alder
Bean, William
Thursday 10:55 AM Short Term Changes in Avian Community Composition within the Sierra Nevada’s Massive Rim Fire
Fogg, Alissa
Longterm (1997-2012) demogrpahic study of the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog In Kings Canyon National Park
Matthews, Kathleen
Role of native consumers in yellow bush lupine invasion and restoration
Barton, Daniel
Thursday 11:15 AM Management Indicator Species Response to Time Since Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbance in Sierra Nevada National Forests
Roberts, Lance
An Enhanced Technique for California Tiger Salamander Burrow Excavation, Collaboration in Action
Grant, Jill
Effects of large scale gold mining on the migratory behavior of a large herbivore
Blum, Marcus
Thursday 11:35 AM Searching for Focal Species in the Sierra Nevada: Conundrums for the Avian Ecologists
White, Angela
The Northern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea): A multi-locus look at a wide-ranging forest lizard
Lavin, Brian
Comparative Analysis of State Deer Management Strategies
Webb, Kent
Thursday 11:55 AM Using Management Indicator Species (MIS) monitoring of Black-backed Woodpecker to inform post-fire forest management
Siegel, Rodney
An endangered snake thrives in a highly urbanized environment
Swaim , Karen
Investment in Constitutive Immune Function by North American Elk Experimentally Maintained at Two Different Population Densities
Downs, Cynthia


Room Alexander 1 Alexander 2 Dry Creek Ballroom
  Climate Adaptation Strategies(Chair:  Jeff Lincer, RICA) Collaboration in Support of Wildlife Conservation(Chair:  Lucy Harrington, Westervelt Ecological Services) Grasslands and Wildlife Conservation(Chair:  John McNerney,City of Davis)
Friday 8:35 AM Climate Adaptation Planning for the Sierra Nevada
Howell, Chrissy
A Road Map for Collaborative Land Conservation
Crawford, Aimee
Use of Sierra Nevada Foothill grasslands by nesting Tricolored Blackbirds and conservation implications
Airola, Daniel
Friday 8:55 AM Raptors and Climate Change: The Need for a Holistic Approach
Lincer, Jeffrey
California’s State Wildlife Action Plan Update: A Plan for Conserving California’s Wildlife Resources While Responding to Environmental Challenges
Gonzales, Armand
Burrowing Owl Breeding and Foraging Ecology at Natural and Artificial Burrows in San Diego County
Wisinski, Colleen
Friday 9:15 AM Creating High-tide Refuge Habitat for the Endangered California Ridgway’s Rail
Demers, Scott
Changing the process of conservation to save the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal
Sprague, Rachel
Habitat Associations of California Ground Squirrels and Implications for Western Burrowing Owl Conservation in San Diego County Grasslands
Marczak, Susanne
Friday 9:35 AM Western monarch butterflies core overwintering habitat: evidence for a range contraction and a role for native conifers
Griffiths, Jessica
Research and Recovery -The Hidden Benefits of Conservation Banking
Harrington, Lucy
The effect of prairie burn regimes on mating patterns in dickcissels
Sousa, Bridget
Session Break
Room Alexander 1 Alexander 2 Dry Creek Ballroom
  Effects of Drought on Wildlife(Chair:  Jeff Lincer, RICA) Linking Research to Policy and Management(Chair:  Mike Westphal,Bureau of Land Management) Grasslands and Wildlife Conservation(Chair:  John McNerney,City of Davis)
Friday 10:15 AM The effect of water level management and drought on nesting Aechmophorus grebes in northern California
Arsenault, David
San Diego County’s Feral Pig Damage Control Project
Burg, Rich
Legacy effects of habitat degradation by Lesser Snow Geese on nesting Savannah Sparrows
Peterson, Stephen
Friday 10:35 AM Drought severity influences female Greater sage-grouse breeding behavior, habitat use, and success
Gibson, Daniel
Developing a Wild Pig Management Plan on Tejon Ranch
Hiroyasu, Elizabeth
Movement Ecology of Lions Living Along the Edge of Cattle-Dominated Areas in the western Okavango Delta, Botswana
Whitesell, Carolyn
Friday 10:55 AM Giant Garter Snake (Thamnophis gigas) – Surviving Landscape Changes and Drought in California’s Central Valley
Hansen, Eric
Using Demographic Monitoring to Inform Bird Conservation
Albert, Steven
San Joaquin kit fox presence on and near Topaz Solar Farms, San Luis Obispo County
Meade, Daniel
Friday 11:15 AM Drought and Life History of California Tiger Salamanders in Vernal Pools of the Southern San Joaquin Valley Geographic Region
Lopez, Ryan
Greater Sage-grouse Brood Survival and Habitat in the Great Basin: An Opportunity to Assess Impacts of Feral Horses and Livestock
Street, Phillip
Long Term Population and Density Estimates for San Joaquin Kit Fox on the Carrizo Plain National Monument (2000-2014): Implications for Conservation
Stafford, Robert
Friday 11:35 AM Response of Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata) to Drought
Purcell, Kathryn
When the heat is on: the 2014 drought and the first blunt-nosed leopard lizard rangewide recruitment survey
Westphal, Michael
Locomotory performance of a kangaroo rat in a habitat dominated by a non-native grass
Boag, Camille
Friday 11:55 AM Population Trends of the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse During a California Drought
Smith, Katherine
Evaluation of DRECP Desert Tortoise and Bighorn Sheep Habitat Suitability and Connectivity Model Predictions in the Soda Mountain Area, San Bernardino County
Heim, Susanne
Native small mammal use of an invasive grass: Heermann’s Kangaroo rats and Veldt grass (Erharta calycina) in Coastal California
Trunzo, Juliana

Poster Session Abstracts

Statewide coordination and stakeholder input to inform 2015 CDFW regulation changes affecting Scientific Collecting Permits
Alminas, Ona
Links between demography, climate, and forage availability
Boan, Brianne
Foraging and Nesting Habitat Association of Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) Along Lower Cache Creek, Yolo County, California
Cahill, Kevin
Water drawdown from Four Bighorn Sheep Water Developments
Darby, Neal
Modeling movement corridors for the Humboldt marten (Martes caurina humboldtensis) in northwestern California
Delheimer, Matt
Neonate prey preferences of giant gartersnakes (Thamnophis gigas) from the Sacramento Valley of California: Implications of an exotic diet for a threatened nati
Ersan, Julia
Bees of the American River Watershed Project: Community Structure, Niche Overlap, and Resource Competition
Finnell, Micheal
The Greater Sandhill Crane TAC: Developing a Strategy for Crane Conservation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Gardiner, Rachel
Lek geography predicts fine-scale genomic structure of sage-grouse
Gibson, Daniel
Future Direction of the California Wildlife Habitat Relationships System
Gogol-prokurat, Melanie
Wildlife connectivity from the Central Valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Gogol-prokurat, Melanie
Avian response to small-scale riparian restoration on private lands in Marin and Sonoma counties
Grady, Kathleen
Correlates of community structure and diversity of small mammal communities in Great Basin sagebrush habitats
Hegg, Sarah
Lifetime Reproductive Success in a Small Population of the Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Herman, Dana
Male sex bias in capture samples of the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris) from a range-wide population genetics study
Hernandez, Luis
Prevalence of Internal Parasites Based on Fecal Testing of Wild Mammals in Sonoma and Marin County Rehabilitation Centers
Hohn, Janet
Understanding the Effects of Mercury Concentration Levels on Wood Ducks: Are Males or Females More Susceptible?
Jabali, Eman
The unexpected diet and foraging patterns of Western Pond Turtles (Emys marmorata) in two Northern California urban streams
Karres, Nicole
A Summary of the Effects of Dredging on California Least Tern Foraging
Keane, Kathleen
Patterns in the Forest: The Northern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea) as an indicator of biodiversity
Lavin, Brian
The Effects of Habitat Restoration and Sea Level Rise on Breeding Western Snowy Plovers in Coastal Northern California
Leja, Stephanie
Acoustic Monitoring in California’s Northern Central Valley
Loeblich, Aithne
The historical range of beaver (Castor canadensis) in coastal California: an updated review of the evidence
Lundquist, Kate
Conservation incentive program leads to higher waterbird densities in enrolled rice fields in the Sacramento Valley, California
Navarre, Kelsey
Home Ranges of Ringtails (Bassariscus astutus) in a Central Valley Oak Woodland, Sutter Co., California
Newton, D. Scott
Hopping Fox Syndrome – Treatment Outcomes 2009-2013
Pesch, Lisa
Canine Field Assistants at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System: The Safe and Effective Use of Ecological Detection Dogs in Challenging Field Conditions
Powers, Robyn
Avian community response to drought differs along elevation gradients and riparian and upland habitats, San Gabriel Mountains, California
Rechel, Jennifer
An integrated population model for mottled ducks in Texas: harvest, habitat, and survival
Riecke, Thomas
Effects of laying order and egg volume on black brant apparent pre-fledging survival rates
Riecke, Thomas
Western Snowy Plover Nest Site Selection and Oyster Shell Enhancement
Riensche, David
Habitat Associations for Three Montane Mammal Species
Rossi, Aviva
Transmission of ectoparasites across kin-structured social networks of California ground squirrels
Russell, Imani
Native kangaroo rat consumption of non-native veldt grass seed even when presented with other, highly preferred, seed
Schlageter, Summer
Strain variation of Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in sciurids and woodrats in northwestern California
Sholty, Kathleen
Fecal glucocorticoid metabolites in free-living California ground squirrels: Experimental validation and inter-individual differences in the stress response
Surber, Lisa
Habitat Selection of the White-footed Vole in northern California
Tange, David
Impacts to Mexican Free-tailed Bats from Wind Energy Development in the Western US
Thompson, Joel
Factors influencing mule deer fawn survival and recruitment
Walsh, Danielle
Status of Sarcoptic Mange in Urban San Joaquin Kit Foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica)
Westall, Tory
Nest-site selection and feeding behavior of Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) and Cooper’s Hawks (Accipiter cooperii) across urban density using citizen science
White, Justin
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s BIOS Data Viewer
Whitney, Katherine
Current Status of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Spotted Owl Observations Database
Whitney, Katherine
The effects of the Rim Fire on Great Gray Owl habitat in Yosemite National Park
Wu, Joanna