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Grazing to Improve Habitat for Grassland Plants and Birds - Fall 2016 Membership Meeting of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition

Grazing to Improve Habitat for Grassland Plants and Birds - Fall 2016 Membership Meeting of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition program image

This event was part of a twice-a-year meeting series, the third Thursday of every April and October- gatherings of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition.

Date

Thursday, October 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Vaquero Farms
Byron
Lunch will be provided

COST: $30.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Mr. Heath Bartosh
Senior Botanist
Nomad Ecology, LLC

Dr. Doug Bell
Wildlife Program Manager
East Bay Regional Park District

Ms. Denise Defreese
Wildland Vegetation Program Manager
East Bay Regional Parks District

Dr. Larry Ford
Principal
LD Ford Rangeland Conservation Science

Ms. Michele Hammond
Botanist
East Bay Regional Park District

Dr. Grey Hayes
CTP Coordinator
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

Mr. Duane Martin, Jr.

Contact

Grey Hayes
grey@elkhornslough.org
(831) 274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Central Coast Rangelands Coalition, Sustainable Human Systems

Description

Grazing can benefit many California grassland plant and birds. This meeting provided participants with the most current science-based grazing management strategies that benefit these species. Often times on conservation properties, ranchers are asked to check on fields and move cattle much more frequently than they normally would. This significantly increases the time commitment from the rancher and reduces the cost-effectiveness of the operation. This meeting provided ranchers and land management agencies the opportunity to better understand each other’s needs. With this improved understanding, they might be better able to more effectively work together to come up with management strategies that benefit plants and birds, and that are cost-effective for the rancher.

 

Goal

Identify cost-effective grazing strategies that benefit grassland plants and birds

 

Objectives

  • Increase understanding of science-based grazing management strategies
  • Provide an opportunity for ranchers to give agency managers feedback on how their management requests affect the rancher’s bottom line
  • Increase knowledge of management strategies that experts disagree on because clear science-based recommendations do not exist (areas where more research is needed)

 

Meeting Format

This workshop consisted of indoor lectures with group discussions in the morning with afternoon field excursion to sites featuring rangeland issues with birds and native plants. Participants needed to drive (or carpool) to the field sites. Small group discussions were interspersed so that participants had an opportunity to learn from others involved with rangeland conservation.

 

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agenda- Grazing To Improve Habitat for Grassland Plants and Birds...CCRC Fall 2016 Meeting
PDF, 11KB
Grey Hayes
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
August 2016
Handout: How to determine best grazing and monitoring strategies
DOCX, 28KB
Pete Van Hoorn Dr. Lawrence Ford
LD Ford Rangeland Conservation Science
October 2016
Presentation: Grazing for grassland birds in California
PDF, 3.2MB
Michele Hammond
East Bay Regional Parks District
October 2016
Presentation: Grazing management and raptors
PDF, 7.7MB
Dr. Doug Bell
East Bay Regional Parks District
October 2016
Presentation: Grazing management to benefit grasses and forbs
PDF, 823KB
Grey Hayes, PhD

October 2016
Summary of “Management Themes in Common for Special-Status Plants and Birds” —Flip Charts from the Closing session
PDF, 46KB
Transcribed by L. Ford and D. Rao
Central Coast Rangeland Coalition
October 20, 2016
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Assessing predictions of population viability analysis: Peregrine Falcon populations in California
PDF, 1.5MB
Wootton and Bell
Ecological Applications
2014
Finding solutions for bird restoration and livestock management: comparing grazing exclusion levels
PDF, 298KB
Nelson, KS; Gray, EM; Evans, JR
Ecological Applications 21: 547-554
2011
Foraging by Swainson's Hawks in a Vineyard-Dominated Landscape
PDF, 365KB
Swolgaard et al
Journal of Raptor Research
2008
Space Use by Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) in the Natomas Basin, California
PDF, 2.5MB
Fleishman et al
Collabra
2016

Links

Point Blue Grassland Bird Conservation Plan
https://griffingroups.com/groups/profile/201103/california-partners-in-flight-grassland-bird-conservation-plan

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org