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Wednesday, November 4 • 10:40am - 11:00am
Building a Southeast At-Risk Species Data Coordination Program

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Edward J. Laurent, Connecting Conservation; Becky Gwynn, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Many species were recently petitioned to be federally listed as Threatened or Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and it is likely that many more species will be in the near future. In order to assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in determining whether the petitions are warranted, the Wildlife Diversity Committee of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has established a Southeast At-Risk Species (SEARS) Data Coordination Program. This major undertaking seeks to “crowdsource” knowledge and data about petitioned species, whereby subject matter experts are requested to participate in compiling information needed for the species assessment process. We are establishing groups for each species on the Griffin Groups collaboration platform (https://griffingroups.com) that focus on filling in sections of a document containing descriptions, with citations, of the species’ life history and status, links to tables describing threats and actions, a registry of research and monitoring projects, links to recommended data collection protocols, as well as data repositories that contain historical observations. These crowdsourced products will then be used by the USFWS for assessing the petitions, as well as for capacity and needs assessments to determine additional ways to improve the efficiency and comprehensiveness of the assessment process. More information and a list of species groups is here: https://griffingroups.com/drive/view/302106

Wednesday November 4, 2015 10:40am - 11:00am EST
Ballroom Salon B

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