Everglades National Park provides habitat for a substantial population of Florida manatees. Using aerial surveys, remote telemetry data, and carcass recovery data, the authors describe how manatees make use of the waters of the Everglades to assist park managers in ecosystem management, park operations and management, and park visitor use. The authors will identify special areas of concern where manatees may be more vulnerable to boat strikes.
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Applying indicators of condition to evaluate the state of the Colorado Front Range region environment, 4:40 p.m.
Jill Baron, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, Colo.
Parent session: COS 64 - Carbon and nitrogen dynamics, 1:30-5:00 pm
Ballroom E, Ballroom Level
Working with diverse decisionmakers, the authors selected up to ten indicators of environmental condition in the Colorado Front Range for each of five regional sectors: urban, agricultural, grassland, mountains/forests, and freshwaters. The indicators range from physical dimensions, air and water quality, ecosystem resources, to quality-of-life indicators such as time in traffic, neighboring land uses, property values, and poverty rates. The author will discuss preliminary results for one indicator, carbon stocks, that suggest major pools for carbon stocks have shifted during the past 100 years.
Bovine tuberculosis in the African buffalo of the Kruger National Park, South Africa, 2:50 p.m.
Paul Cross, USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Bozeman, Mont.
Parent session: COS 69 - Disease ecology IV: transmission and land use, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
L-4, Lobby Level
An epidemic of bovine tuberculosis is slowly unfolding in the Kruger National Park of South Africa. The disease has been moving north and increasing in prevalence in the African buffalo population since the early 1960s. It also infects many other hoofed animals and predators
Contact: Diane Noserale
United States Geological Survey