Projects

Research on wildlife species of interest to resource managers.
Scientifically-sound experimental design and statistical analyses.
Broad and in depth analyses and critiques of scientific information.
Scientifically-based evaluations for environmental documents.
Conservation Planning.
Development of micro-electronic systems to track the movements of wildlife.

Research on wildlife species and ecosystems of interest to resource managers.


DESERT TORTOISE

Desert Tortoise, a threatened species in the southwest United States and northwest Mexico. Bill Boarman and CSRC conduct research on the basic ecology, behavior, and conservation biology of desert tortoise populations in support of management for the recovery of their populations.





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COMMON RAVEN

Common ravens are a major predator on juvenile desert tortoises. Land and resource management agencies are keenly interested in learning how to reduce the impacts of ravens on tortoise populations. Since 1990, as a Principle Investigator with the U.S. Geological Survey, Bill Boarman has been studying various aspects of raven ecology and behavior to better understand the link between ravens, tortoises, and human activities. The primary goal of this broad research program is to discover the nexus between raven populations, human activities, and declines in tortoise populations and to recommend how raven impacts can be reduced.


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SALTON SEA ECOSYSTEM

Bill Boarman was in charge of a large multidisciplinary team of academic and agency scientists collaborating on various teams to study the effect of saline particulate deposition on the terrestrial ecosystem. For more information click here.



ADDITIONAL PAST STUDIES

  • Prairie Falcons: Home range and habitat use
  • Bird Song: Environmental constraints on evolution of song structure


Scientifically-sound experimental design and statistical analyses.


CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS:

  • Threats and population trends of the Desert Tortoise in Arizona.
  • Trends in Common Raven populations in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts: 1968-2004.
  • Demographic model of a raven population in the west Mojave Desert.




Broad and in depth analyses and critiques of scientific information.


CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS:

  • Effectiveness Evaluation of Recovery Actions
  • Status of the Desert Tortoise in Arizona
  • Conservation Strategy for the Burrowing Owl in California

PAST PROJECTS:

  • Desert Tortoise Recovery Plan Assessment Committee
  • Desert Tortoise Threats Analysis
  • Management of Common Ravens to reduce their impacts on desert tortoises.
  • Common Raven Account for Birds of North America project.


Scientifically-based evaluations for environmental documents.


RECENT PROJECTS:

  • Arizona Strip Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Range-wide Monitoring of the Desert Tortoise: 2001-05 Summary Report.
  • Effects of train noise on wildlife in Cajon Pass, California.


Conservation Planning


CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS:

  • Conservation Strategy for the Burrowing Owl in California
  • Management of Common Ravens to reduce their impacts on desert tortoises
  • Programmatic Biological Assessment of military activities at Edwards Air Force Base
  • Status of the Desert Tortoise in Arizona
  • Member of two subcommittees of the Desert Managers Group: Raven Management and Uncontrolled Dogs

PAST PROJECTS:

  • Technical support to the West Mojave Plan
  • Desert Tortoise Recovery Plan Assessment Committee


Development of micro-electronic systems to track the movements of wildlife.

In association with Beigel Technology Corporation and the U. S. Air Force (Edwards Air Force Base), CSRC is helping to develop a new, revolutionary way to track small wildlife, particularly juvenile desert tortoises, using state-of-the-art asset-tracking technology.