Conservation Partners connecting working lands conservation from the Gulf of Mexico to the High Plains with the vision of a sustainable landscape of natural resources resilient to the threats and stressors associated with our changing world.

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  • Mottled Duck Brood

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
    Photo courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

  • Little Blue Heron

    Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
    Photograph taken by Dori (dori@merr.info)

  • Quadrula

    Quadrula (Quadrula)
    Photo courtesy Clint Robertson

  • Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

    Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
    Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Alligator Gar - TPWD

    Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula)
    Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006

  • Black-Capped Vireo

    Black-Capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla)
    Photo courtesy Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Cave Salamander

    Salamander (Eurycea spp.)
    Photo courtesy Todd Crabtree

  • Blue Crab

    Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)

  • Diamondback Terrapin

    Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)
    Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Eastern Meadowlark

    Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
    Photo courtesy Dominic Sherony

Focal Species and Associated Habitats

Our Partners have developed SGP Focal Species & Associated Habitats for 2014

SGP partners and many others have been working to assess their collective science needs, which began with the development of the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Science Plan, and now continues informally among partners.  

One of their first steps in science planning was to identify “focal species” that inhabit the area, a total of 28. Focal species are sometimes called “indicator species,” “representative species,” or “surrogate species,” but they all mean generally the same thing—they will receive special attention.  

Science projects that benefit focal species will be given priority because ensuring their health is most likely to result in productive habitats and healthy ecosystems that can support self-sustaining populations of a much broader array of wildlife.

Focal Species:

  • Alligator Gar
  • American Oyster
  • Black-capped Vireo
  • Black Skimmer
  • Blue Crab
  • Brazilian (Mexican) Free-tailed Bat
  • Broadcast-spawning Prairie Minnow
  • Brown Pelican
  • Crawfish Frog
  • Diamond-backed Terrapin
  • Dionda spp. (Minnows)
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Eurycea spp. (Salamanders)
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler
  • Guadalupe Bass
  • Gulf Menhaden
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Mottled Duck
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Northern Pintail
  • Penaeid Shrimp
  • Quadrula spp. (Freshwater Mussels)
  • Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat
  • Red-billed Pigeon
  • River Prawn
  • Sea Turtles
  • White Bass
  • White-tipped Dove

Similarly, partners also defined 17 associated habitats that support focal species and many other natural and cultural resources within the SGP area.  These are broadly defined and meant to help direct partners’ efforts to link species to habitat needs, communicate about conservation work, and direct science resources.

Associated Habitats:

  • Agricultural lands
  • Aquifers, springs, and spring-runs
  • Barrier islands and beaches
  • Caves
  • Floodplain forests, swamps, and riparian systems
  • Freshwater (non-forested) wetlands
  • Headwaters and streams
  • Mixed deciduous and juniper woodlands
  • Nearshore Gulf systems
  • Oak hardwood and pine forests
  • Open bay systems
  • Reservoirs
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Semi-desert shrub and grassland
  • Shrubland and shortgrass (mixedgrass) prairie
  • Tallgrass prairie
  • Tidal wetlands