Survey protocols will not only help with detection but will also help the survey team evaluate the species’ habitat needs, and over the long term, evaluate population trends.
The two-person survey team will listen for calling nightjars from publicly accessible roads in an eight-county area. Surveys will be conducted from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise during the birds’ breeding season for three seasons.
Nightjar surveys will be funded in part by State Wildlife Grant F21AF02650 and by Oklahoma State University.
Search Radius Expanded for a Crayfish Thought to be Confined to 30 Miles of the Kiamichi River
The Ouachita Mountains are a special place and include habitat for several species that live only in that ecoregion. One such species, the 2.5-inch-long Kiamichi crayfish, is thought to live only in a 30-mile stretch of the Kiamichi River in Oklahoma.
“A lot of what we know about this species is supposition,” said Quinton Phelps, the project’s principal investigator from Missouri State University. “The beauty of this project is that we’ll be able to confirm Kiamichi crayfish locations, learn what their suite of habitat needs are, and potentially expand their known range throughout the Kiamichi River watershed.”
After Phelps’s team resurveys the historic locations, they’ll measure the crayfish’s specific habitat preferences and build a predictive model to find nearby streams and rivers that may also provide suitable habitat for the crayfish. The team’s search radius will then be expanded to the newly identified sites within the state, and those stream’s crayfish communities will be documented.
“I have a lot of personal, deep connections to the natural resources of Oklahoma,” Phelps said. “This is the perfect opportunity for our Applied Fisheries Management Lab to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and do good things for Oklahoma’s natural resources.”
Kiamichi crayfish surveys will be funded in part by State Wildlife Grant F21AF02707 and by Missouri State University.