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Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) Sugar Pine Fisher Project Update

March 15th, 2014

By: Tessa Smith

Things have been moving right along here on the Sugar Pine fisher project since our last update. The project transitioned smoothly from UC Berkeley SNAMP project to the PSW research branch of the Forest Service in November of last year, and we have secured funding through 2016 to continue with our research.

Trapping Season: Today concluded our 7th successful trapping season. With our study area slightly scaled down to encompass solely the Key Watershed area, we were able to capture 14 fishers (6 males and 8 females), and safely fit them with radio tracking collars to monitor their locations and daily activity patterns.

To date, the study has collared a total of 113 fishers: 48 males and 65 females.

Denning Season: In the next few weeks, we are eagerly awaiting the denning season; when the female fishers will be settling into their various natal and maternal trees, to give birth and raise their kits. Our crew will be closely monitoring them via ground and aerial telemetry. Once the den trees have been identified, we will closely monitor the activity of the females and their kits.

Camera Surveys: We are roughly halfway through our Key Watershed camera surveys for year seven of the study. These cameras are placed randomly in the 134, 1 km² grids that make up the watershed. We continue to use these cameras to detect fisher presence and absence. This data is especially useful for the future management of the forest, as we observe fisher response to a variety of fuels treatments that have been conducted over the last few years.

Carcass Retrieval: In 2013 we had a total of 12 collared fisher deaths (8 males and 4 females). On February 26th, one of our largest males was found dead, just outside of the Key Watershed area, making this our first mortality of 2014. Thanks to our stellar crew in the air and on the ground we were able to recover his carcass very soon after he died. The carcass was fully intact, and he did not appear to have been killed by a predator, but we will need to wait for an official necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Aerial Telemetry: With the help of the Pacific Southwest Regional Aviation Group the fisher study continues to be supported with five aerial telemetry flights per week. One of those weekly flights now goes to support fisher research based out of the Dinkey Creek Work Center, near Shaver Lake, CA.

Updates

THIS YEAR

Group works to reduce man made threat to Pacific fisher in the southern Sierra

posted in News Posts on November 5th, 2014

Proposal to list the fisher under ESA posted in News Posts on

October 7th, 2014

Calendar with rare Pacific fisher photos available from UC Cooperative Extension

posted in News Posts on October 1st, 2014

Jul 31 2014 - Fisher IT Meeting Notes posted in Documents on

September 27th, 2014

Weasel one to the rescue! posted in News Posts on September 15th, 2014

SNAMP Pub #27: Using DNA to describe and quantify interspecific killing of fishers in California

posted in News Posts

on September 14th, 2014

Jul 31 2014 - Fisher IT Presentation - Rodenticide Discussion

posted in Documents on August 5th, 2014

Jul 31 2014 - Fisher IT Presentation - Integration Models

posted in Documents on August 5th, 2014

A New Science Brief from Fisher Team Posted posted in News Posts

on July 16th, 2014

SNAMP Pub #25: Testing the consistency of wildlife data types before combining them: the case of camera traps and telemetry

posted in News Posts on July 16th, 2014

Fisher Team Update in March 2014 posted in News Posts on

March 19th, 2014

New Fisher Team Science Briefs posted posted in News Posts on

January 16th, 2014

SNAMP Pub #23: Impacts of rodenticide and insecticide toxicants from marijuana cultivation sites on fisher survival rates in the Sierra National Forest, California

posted in News Posts

on January 16th, 2014

SNAMP Pub #22: An evaluation of a weaning index for wild fishers (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) in California

posted in News Posts

on January 16th, 2014

SNAMP Pub #19: The use of radiotelemetry in Martes research: techniques and technologies

posted in News Posts on

January 16th, 2014

THE PAST

$25,000 awarded by Chukchansi Tribe to help clean up marijuana grow sites on the Sierra National Forest

posted in

News Posts on November 26th, 2013

Fisher Team Webinar Update posted in News Posts on October 23rd, 2013

October 2013 Fisher Team Update posted in News Posts on

October 21st, 2013

The Federal Government’s Shut Down Affects the Use of the SNAMP Fisher Team’s Plane

posted in News Posts on October 7th, 2013

A New Science Brief: Social Media on Fisher Sock Drive posted in

News Posts on September 24th, 2013

SNAMP PUB #15: Using Social Media to Involve the Public in Wildlife Research—the SNAMP Fisher Sock Collection Drive

posted in News Posts on September 24th, 2013

July 2013 update on the SNAMP Fisher Team posted in News Posts

on July 29th, 2013

May 2013 update on the SNAMP Fisher Team posted in News Posts

on May 13th, 2013

Dr. Sweitzer has resigned from SNAMP posted in News Posts on

May 2nd, 2013

News about the Fisher Team posted in News Posts on April 15th, 2013

March 2013 update on the SNAMP Fisher Team posted in News Posts

on March 11th, 2013

We've added two new Science Briefs from the Fisher Team

posted in News Posts on March 8th, 2013

SNAMP PUB #17: Anticoagulant Rodenticides on our Public and Community Lands: Spatial Distribution of Exposure and Poisoning of a Rare Forest Carnivore

posted in News Posts on

March 8th, 2013

SNAMP PUB #10: Canine distemper in an isolated population of fishers (Martes pennanti) from California

posted in News Posts

on March 8th, 2013

Fisher Presentation at Yosemite Area Audubon Society posted in

News Posts on March 6th, 2013

Fisher Team update, Feb 2013 posted in News Posts on February 5th, 2013

We've added two new Science Briefs: Fisher and Biomass related

posted in News Posts on January 22nd, 2013

Update on the Fisher Sock Drive! posted in News Posts on

December 17th, 2012

Owl Team response to questions from Steve Brink, 10/4/2012

posted in Discussions on October 4th, 2012

Questions for SNAMP Owl Team posted in Discussions on

September 20th, 2012

Owl team response to questions from Steve Brink posted in

Discussions on September 6th, 2012

New updates from the Fisher team posted in News Posts on March 6th, 2012

Forest Research and Outreach Blog on Current Status of SNAMP

posted in News Posts on February 28th, 2012

SNAMP status and funding update posted in News Posts on

February 21st, 2012

Thanks for the socks! posted in News Posts on January 20th, 2012

Green Blog on Socks Drive for Fisher Research posted in News Posts

on December 27th, 2011

Dr. Reginald Barrett resigns from SNAMP posted in News Posts

on July 25th, 2011

Wildlife Information Repositories posted in News Posts on June 30th, 2011

Fisher Monitoring Season posted in News Posts on June 19th, 2011

Fisher Den Video posted in News Posts on June 1st, 2011

Fisher den found in Yosemite posted in News Posts on May 22nd, 2011

Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Fishers posted in News Posts on

April 23rd, 2011

Fall 2010 Newsletter: Vol 4. No. 2 - Fisher Team posted in News Posts

on September 20th, 2010

Fisher Kit Blog posted in News Posts on May 20th, 2010

UC researchers rescue 5 orphan fisher kits posted in News Posts

on May 7th, 2010

Fisher Camera Trap Grids, as of 7-24-08 posted in News Posts on

July 29th, 2008

Fire update (7-16-08) posted in News Posts on July 16th, 2008

Documents

Jul 31 2014 - Fisher IT Meeting Notes 27 September 2014 Download PDF

Jul 31 2014 - Fisher IT Presentation - Rodenticide Discussion 5 August 2014 Download PDF

Jul 31 2014 - Fisher IT Presentation - Integration Models 5 August 2014 Download PDF

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Discussion

Kim_Ingram said at 3:33 p.m., 4 October 2012 ,

The following are questions and responses regarding the CA spotted owl: Q1:Since 1993, the owl team stated that they ...

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Kim_Ingram said at 11:21 a.m., 20 September 2012 ,

The following questions have been submitted by Steve Brink in response to the SNAMP Owl team's IT meeting in ...

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Kim_Ingram said at 11:36 a.m., 6 September 2012 ,

The following response is from the SNAMP Owl team to questions submitted by Steve Brink after the IT meeting of ...

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The Fisher Team is determining the limiting factors for the Paciļ¬c Fisher (Martes pennanti) population through the life of the SNAMP project in the southern site.

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Primary Investigator
John Battles
Dr. Battles studies how and why forests change. Specifically, he focuses on the nonequilibrium determinants of forest composition, structure and function.

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Gary Roller
Gary has over 10 years’ experience in natural resource management and has held positions as a forester and a research associate at the University of California Berkeley Wildland Fire Science Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station. Gary received both his MS in forestry science and BS in forestry and natural resource management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His research interests focus on fire behavior modeling and applied forest ecology, and he is co-author of several publications in these disciplines. Gary has served as project manager for numerous interdisciplinary research projects and is looking forward to bringing his expertise back to the SNAMP project.

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Craig Thompson

As a wildlife research ecologist with the USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, my primary research interest is evaluating the effects of large-scale habitat change on species of concern. These changes can result from a variety of processes including natural disturbances, management actions, or other anthropogenic activities. Often, they result in a cascade of effects altering resource availability or shifting predator-prey balances. In particular, I am interested in how changes in habitat structure can alter predator-prey dynamics and how management activities such as fuel reduction can be modified to reduce negative impacts on species of concern. Since 2006, I have been managing the USFS Kings River Fisher Project and serving as a technical advisor for the Dinkey Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

 

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