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Updates on The Sierra Nevada Network Summer Monitoring Projects

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avatar Updates on The Sierra Nevada Network Summer Monitoring Projects
September 09, 2011 03:35PM
The Sierra Nevada Network has been busy with the following projects this season:

Bird Monitoring - The bird monitoring field crews were surveyed 27 of 30 transects at Yosemite. The bird monitoring began in mid-May and ended July 24, to coincide with the time frame that birds are breeding and nesting in Sierra Nevada parks. The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) conducted the field monitoring. Stay tuned for some bird highlights from this first season in The Sierra Nevada Monitor fall newsletter. If you have questions about this project, please contact Program Manager Alice Chung-MacCoubrey (559-565-3788).

Lake Monitoring - 2011 is the fourth season of the lake monitoring project. Lake crews started monitoring the last week of July and their season will extend through late September. They collect and filter water chemistry samples and do shoreline amphibian surveys at each site. Crews are visiting 25 randomly selected lakes scattered throughout the high country in SEKI and YOSE.

High-elevation Forest Monitoring - This is the first season of monitoring for high-elevation whitebark and foxtail pine forests in SEKI and YOSE, and the first of three years for plot installations. Crews installed 11 whitebark pine plots in Yosemite and seven foxtail pine plots in Sequoia. For more information, contact SIEN Ecologist Shawn McKinney at 209-379-3291.
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