Wildlife responses to restoration article submitted to Journal of Applied Ecology

Restorationists often hope and expect that wildlife will increase in abundance and diversity when “native” habitats are restored, but this assumption has not been well-investigated for most wildlife species, particularly in grasslands, and even more so in the Central Valley of California. From 2014 to 2015 I conducted a rather ambitious spatiotemporally replicated natural experiment investigating wildlife…

Rodents, Snakes, and Raptors, oh my!

Wildlife responses to grassland restoration are perhaps more complex and less predictable than previously thought. I gave the most complete presentation of the results of my wildlife-grassland restoration research in an invited talk to the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter of The Wildlife Society (Invited Talk Flyer) at end of August, and the presentation can be found here. While more analyses…

PhD conferred!

I have been excited to make a post saying that my degree was conferred, and as of 5/26/2016, I can! You can find the full dissertation here: K.Wolf Dissertation ABSTRACT Rangeland ecosystems, and grasslands in particular, are one of the most threatened ecosystems worldwide (Hamilton et al., 2002; Heady et al., 1992; Samson and Knopf, 1994). Grasslands are…

Restoration is Best for Wildlife, Right?

Double whammy in the Winter 2016 issue of California Native Grassland Association’s publication, Grasslands! This issue contains an article I wrote about the overall results of my study comparing wildlife in restored and unrestored grasslands in the Central Valley of California (see A Comparative Study for a recap), as well as a one-page biographical piece on yours truly. Download the…

Restoration is best for wildlife, right?

Today I gave a talk at the 69th Annual Society for Range Management meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas about my wildlife-restoration project in the Central Valley of California. Take a look at the abstract and click on the link below to see the PDF version of my presentation. I’m having a lot of fun catching up…

Scouting out the hedgerows on DH Long Ranch

Recently I gave a talk at a hedgerows workshop at Long Ranch, which is one of the locations I have been monitoring wildlife activity at in restored and unrestored grasslands. Here’s the worksheet I put together for that! Scouting out the hedgerows on DH Long Farm, K.Wolf Also, here is the flyer for the workshop, if you…

Invasive Fire Ants in Restored and Unrestored Central Valley grasslands

I mentioned earlier that I have started monitoring invasive Argentinian fire ant infestation of Sherman live traps during my rodent trapping periods. Initial data collection began in July 2014 for a subset of trapping days at two of the four locations where I am monitoring wildlife. The number of live traps infested with fire ants was used as an…

July 2014 Wildlife Sampling: Season Two

Before you start reading this post, you might want to start at the post entitled “Wildlife Use of Native Perennial and Exotic Annual Grasslands: A Comparative Study” (https://kristinamwolf.com/2014/01/31/wildlife-use-of-native-perennial-and-exotic-annual-grasslands-a-comparative-study/). That will explain from the beginning the study design and what we have been doing with this ever-growing multi-trophic, multi-season, multi-scale research investigating wildlife habitat use of restored native…

April 2014 Wildlife Sampling: Here We Go!

The coverboards have all been placed, the t-posts are in the ground and cameras mounted, the traps are ready to be baited, 10-20 years ago half of the sites being monitored were restored with native perennial grasses…. we built it, but will they come? Short answer: In droves. April of 2014 was our first season of sampling…

Wildlife Use of Native Perennial and Exotic Annual Grasslands: A Comparative Study

Hi there! Here I will discuss the general experimental design and questions I am asking with my study comparing wildlife use of paired restored native perennial grasslands (hereafter, “restored”) and unrestored exotic annual grasslands (hereafter “control”). Introduction and Significance Intact native grasslands are some of the rarest ecosystems in the world, and wildlife species associated with…