Grassland-shrubland prairie has been important to the livelihoods of generations of ranchers; to the hunting community because of prized game species; and to endangered species, such as the black-capped vireo, as habitat. In the past, the interests of ranchers, hunters, and endangered species have come into conflict because of increasing pressures on the prairie from land use conversion, new development, and habitat fragmentation. This study suggests Best Management Practices and future directions to help ensure greater collaboration in advancing mutual interests in conserving the remaining prairie habitats of the southern Great Plains.
Presenter: Tiffany McFarland, TAMU
As a research associate for the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Tiffany McFarland assists with ongoing studies of the distribution, abundance, productivity and habitat use of the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo within their breeding ranges in Texas. She oversees the coordination of these projects and works closely with project leaders.
Before joining the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources in July 2009, McFarland’s research focused on the application of GIS and remotely-sensed vegetation data to model avian breeding habitat along southwestern riparian ecosystems.