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Population monitoring of the Oregon Slender Salamander

Duration

January 2011 - December 2013

Narrative

The Oregon Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps wrighti) is a forest-associated species geographically restricted to the Oregon Cascade Mountains. It has been strongly associated with late-successional forest and decaying down wood, and is considered "sensitive" throughout it's range. This species is small and sendentary, which likely makes them susceptible to timber harvest practices that would require individuals to relocate. Unfortuantely much basic information on this species is lacking because of their cryptic behavior and difficulting detecting them with typical amphibian surveys, which also tend to destroy downed wood habitat. The objectives of this study are to design and implement surveys to determine occupancy and if possible population size, using techniques that do not negatively impact their habitat. We will also attempt to increase our understanding of this species' habitat needs and their response to forest management activities.

Research Products and Activities

Presentations

  • Garcia, TS, KM Dugger, B Nickerson, J Johnson, M Rochelle, and AJ Kroll. 2011. Estimating occupancy and population size for the Oregon Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps wrighti) in the western Cascade Mountain range. Joint meeting of the Society for Northwest Vertebrate Biologists and the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Gig Harbor, Washington, March 23-25, 2011.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 16

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 71

Presentations: 268

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • ODFW Conservation Strategy Implementation Grant
  • Weyerhaueser Company

Links

Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  2. Oregon State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute