Toad in the Hole

June 15, 2005

More Good News, Maybe

Below: text of a message fwd'd to the native plants maillist from within the Fish & Wildlife Service, in turn from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. It's about a field survey in the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.

This is very exciting news. Although we are not absolutely positive
this is a Least Bell's Vireo, it is highly probable (> 90%) according to

Least is listed as endangered with both the feds and state! It is
likely the first breeding pair in the Central Valley in 3 to 4 decades! Sightings
were made of dependent juveniles being fed by adults and adults copulating
(= 2nd brood ?).

The vireo family was located on a PRBO study site in the middle of a 3
year-old restoration site conducted by River Partners on USFWS refuge
land with Calfed funding! River partners was using PRBO recommendations
from the beginning. Examples include patch work design and planting
herbaceous under story (especially mug wort) which is a favorite of this species.
This species typically nest within one meter of the ground and loves
herbaceous plants for nest cover.

This is excellent example of monitoring being an integral and necessary
part of adaptive management in restoration. ... (The refuge is closing off the site for now!)


Hi ______, just a quick message to let you know that the PRBO
crew supervisor, _________, found a family group of Bell's Vireo on
one of the restoration plots earlier today! Absolutely amazing!! They
copulated and were feeding dependent but mobile young! I'll send more
details later.


Posted at June 15, 2005 10:40 PM