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RMRS-P-67: Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ

Citation: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C., comps. 2013. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 593 p.

Abstract: The Madrean Archipelago or Sky Islands region of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico is recognized for its unique biological diversity, natural beauty, and cultural heritage. This 2012 conference brought together scientists, managers, students, and other interested parties from the United States and Mexico to share their knowledge and passion about the region and to identify needs and creative solutions for existing and emerging problems. More than 300 people attended the conference including a large and energetic contingent from northern Mexico. The conference provided a forum to update the state-of-knowledge that has evolved since the first conference in 1994 and the second conference in 2004. It also provided a setting for the formation of new friendships and partnerships. These proceedings contain 80 of the 190 oral and poster presentations and all abstracts from the plenary sessions and the concurrent sessions. Abstracts in Spanish are included. Topics include climate change in the Sky Island Region, southwestern cienegas, the Northern Jaguar Reserve, amphibian conservation, biodiversity of plants and animals, fire effects, grasslands, and human impacts, and tools. The conference hosted a symposium about Santa Cruz River Watershed Conservation. A lively open forum at the end of the conference generated a list of future scientific and management needs for the Madrean Archipelago and a commitment to increase international cooperation. Mexican participants graciously offered to host the next conference, Speakers stressed the importance for all interested parties to collaborate - to work side-by-side and constantly inform one another about relevant research, timely events, and cross-pollination opportunities throughout the region.

Keywords: Madrean Archipelago, Sky Islands, southwestern United States, northern Mexico, natural environment, fauna, flora, research, management, biodiversity, climate change

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Conference Summary: Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago III: Closing Remarks and Notes From the Concluding Session
Dale S. Turner, Alejandro Castellanos
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Plenary Sessions (papers and abstracts)

National Wildlife Refuge Management on the United States/Mexico Border
William R. Radke
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Biodiversity in the Madrean Archipelago of Sonora, Mexico
Thomas R. Van Devender, Sergio Avila-Villegas, Melanie Emerson, Dale Turner, Aaron D. Flesch, Nicholas S. Deyo
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Abstracts (titles listed below)
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Climate Change, Megadroughts, and the North American Monsoon
Julia Cole

Floods, Droughts, and Aquatic Biodiversity in the Madrean Archipelago
David A. Lytle

Riparian Vegetation and Disappearing Groundwater
Juliet Stromberg

Conservation Management of the Ajos Bavispe National Forest Preserve and Wildlife Refuge*
J. Mario Cirett-Galan
* Abstract not received

Pine-Oak Woodlands in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities in Conserving Sky Islands*
Jose A. Sarakhan-Kermez
* Abstract not received

Santa Cruz River Conservation

Conservation Efforts and Possibilities for Increased Collaboration in the Santa Cruz River Watershed
Claire A. Zugmeyer, Emily M. Brott
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Changing Climate in the Sky Island Region

A Conceptual Model of Plant Responses to Climate with Implications for Monitoring Ecosystem Change
C. David Bertelsen
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Temporal Patterns in Species Flowering in Sky Islands of the Sonoran Desert Ecoregion
Theresa M. Crimmins, Michael A. Crimmins, C. David Bertelsen
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Are Madrean Ecosystems Approaching Tipping Points? Anticipating Interactions of Landscape Disturbance and Climate Change
Donald A. Falk
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Preliminary Assessment of Changes in a Lizard Assemblage at an Ecotone in Southeastern Arizona
Lawrence L. C. Jones
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It's Lonely at the Top: Biodiversity at Risk to Loss from Climate Change
John L. Koprowski, Sandra L. Doumas, Melissa J. Merrick, Brittany Oleson, Erin E. Posthumus, Timothy G. Jessen, R. Nathan Gwinn
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Responding to Climate Change Impacts in the Sky Island Region: From Planning to Action
Louise W. Misztal, Gregg Garfin, Lara Hansen
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Southwestern Cienegas

Flora and Vegetation of the Saint David and Lewis Springs Cienegas, Cochise County, Arizona
Elizabeth Makings
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Paleoenvironmental Framework for Understanding the Development, Stability, and State-Changes of Ciénegas in the American Deserts
Thomas A. Minckley, Andrea Brunelle, Dale Turner
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Northern Jaguar Reserve

When Will Female Jaguars Cross the Border? Socio-Demographics of the Northern Jaguar
Peter Warshall
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Bird Ecology and Conservation on the Northern Jaguar Reserve: Recent Lessons
Peter Warshall, Aaron D. Flesch
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Buying Land for Conservation Purposes in Sonora, Mexico
S. Lucía Perez-Weil, Juan Carlos G. Bravo
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Amphibian Conservation

A Comparison of the Herpetofaunas of Ranchos Los Fresnos and El Aribabi in Northern Sonora, Mexico
James C. Rorabaugh, Jeffrey M. Servoss, Valerie L. Boyarski, Erin Fernandez, and Doug Duncan, Carlos Robles Elías, Kevin E. Bonine
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Comparison of Preliminary Herpetofaunas of the Sierras la Madera (Oposura) and Bacadéhuachi with the Mainland Sierra Madre Occidental in Sonora, Mexico
Thomas R. Van Devender, Erik F. Enderson, Dale S. Turner, Roberto A. Villa, Stephen F. Hale, George M. Ferguson, Charles Hedgcock
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Rivers and Streams

Distribution of Riparian Vegetation in Relation to Streamflow in Pima County, Arizona
Julia E. Fonseca, Mike List
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Observations on the Seasonal Distribution of Native Fish in a 10-Kilometer Reach of San Bernardino Creek, Sonora, Mexico
C.O. Minckley
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Biodiversity and Conservation of the Ciénega de Saracachi area, Sonora, Mexico
Thomas R. Van Devender
Martín A. Villa-Andrade, Martín Reyes-Juárez, Gonzálo Luna-Salazar, Martín Padrés-Contreras, Fernando Padrés, Paul S. Martin
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Biodiversity: Arthropods

Preliminary Assessment of Biogeographic Affinities of Selected Insect Taxa of the
State of Sonora, Mexico

Robert W. Jones, Alejandro Obregón-Zuñiga, Sandra Guzman-Rodriguez
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Preliminary Survey of Bee (Hymenoptera: Anthophila) Richness in the Northwestern Chihuahuan Desert
Robert L. Minckley, John S. Ascher
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Introduction to the Arizona Sky Island Arthropod Project (ASAP): Systematics, Biogeography, Ecology, and Population Genetics of Arthropods of the Madrean Sky Islands
Wendy Moore, Wallace M. Meyer, III, Jeffrey A. Eble, Kimberly Franklin, John F. Wiens and Richard C. Brusca
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Preliminary Assessment of the Moth (Lepidoptera: Heterocera) Fauna of Rincon de Guadalupe, Sierra de Bacadéhuachi, Sonora, Mexico
John D. Palting
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Sand Dune of Ruby, Arizona, an Anthropogenically Created Biodiversity Hotspot for Wasps and Their Velvet Ant Parasitoids
Justin O. Schmidt
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Bird List of San Bernardino Ranch in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Melinda Cárdenas-García, Mónica C. Olguín-Villa
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Preliminary Assessment of Species Richness and Avian Community Dynamics in the Madrean Sky Islands, Arizona
Jamie S. Sanderlin, William M. Block, Joseph L. Ganey, Jose M. Iniguez
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Biodiversity: Plants

Biodiversity Effects on Ecosystem Function Due to Land Use: The Case of Buffel Savannas in the Sky Islands Seas in the Central Region of Sonora
A. E. Castellanos, H. Celaya, C. Hinojo, A. Ibarra, J. R. Romo
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Biogeography and Diversity of Pines in the Madrean Archipelago
George M. Ferguson, Aaron D. Flesch, Thomas R. Van Devender
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Ecosystems and Diversity of the Sierra Madre Occidental
M. S. González-Elizondo, M. González-Elizondo, L. Ruacho González, I.L. Lopez Enriquez, F.I. Retana Rentería, J. A. Tena Flores
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Wide Ranges of Functional Traits in the Flora from the Central Region of Sonora: A Diversity to be Explored
César Hinojo Hinojo, Alejandro E. Castellanos, Jose M. Llano Sotelo
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Cytogeography of Larrea tridentata at the Chihuahuan-Sonoran Desert Ecotone
Robert G. Laport, Robert L. Minckley
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Chihuahuan Desert Flora of La Calera, Municipio de Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero, Thomas R. Van Devender
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Flora of Chihuahuan Desertscrub on Limestone in Northeastern Sonora, Mexico
Thomas R. Van Devender, Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero, J. Jesús Sánchez-Escalante
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Preliminary Flora of the Sierra Bacadéhuachi, Sonora, Mexico
Thomas R. Van Devender, Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero, George M. Ferguson, George Yatskievych, Beatriz E. Loyola-Reina, Gertrudis Yanes-Arvayo, Maria de la Paz Montañez-Armenta, John L. Anderson, Stephen F. Hale, Sky Jacobs
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Comparison of the Tropical Floras of the Sierra la Madera and the Sierra Madre Occidental, Sonora, Mexico
Thomas R. Van Devender, Gertrudis Yanes-Arvayo, Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero, Melissa Valenzuela-Yánez, Maria de la Paz Montañez-Armenta, Hugo Silva-Kurumiya
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Biodiversity: Reptiles

Biogeographic Perspective of Speciation Among Desert Tortoises in the Genus Gopherus: A Preliminary Evaluation
Taylor Edwards, Mercy Vaughn, Cristina Meléndez Torres, Alice E. Karl, Philip C. Rosen, Kristin H. Berry, Robert W. Murph
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Biodiversity: Mammals

Richness of Mammals on the San Bernardino Ranch in the Municipality of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Mario Erandi Bonillas-Monge, Carlos Manuel Valdez-Coronel
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Preliminary List of Flying Mammals in the Ajos-Bavispe National Forest Reserve and Wildlife Refuge, Sonora
Rosa Elena Jiménez, Christ D. Weise, Mario Cirett-Galán, Guadalupe Flores, Manuel Munguia, E. Isaías Ochoa
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Decade of Wildlife Tracking in the Sky Islands
Jessica A. Lamberton-Moreno, Sergio Avila-Villegas
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Black Bear Population and Connectivity in the Sky Islands of Mexico and the United States
N. E. Lara-Díaz, C. A. López-González, H. Coronel-Arellano, A. González-Bernal
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Inventory of Terrestrial Mammals in the Rincon Mountains Using Camera Traps
Don E. Swann, Nic Perkins
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Biodiversity: Aquatic

Habitat Type and Permanence Determine Local Aquatic Invertebrate Community Structure in the Madrean Sky Islands
Michael T. Bogan, Oscar Gutierrez-Ruacho, J. Andrés Alvarado-Castro, David A. Lytle
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Gila Topminnow Interactions With Western Mosquitofish: An Update
Douglas K. Duncan
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Native Aquatic Vertebrates: Conservation and Management in the Río Sonoyta Basin, Sonora, Mexico
C. Minckley, Izar Izaguirre Pompa, Doug Duncan, Ross Timmons, Dennis Caldwell, Jaime López Méndez, Phil Rosen
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Biodiversity Workshop: Flora and Fauna

Documenting the Biodiversity of the Madrean Archipelago: An Analysis of a Virtual Flora and Fauna
Nicholas S. Deyo, Thomas R. Van Devender, Alex Smith, Edward Gilbert
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Agricultural Field Reclamation Utilizing Native Grass Crop Production
J. Curé
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Review of Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Reintroduction Strategies and Site Selection: Arizona Reintroduction
Sarah L. Hale, John L. Koprowski, Holly Hicks
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Trajectory and Rate of Desert Vegetation Response Following Cattle Removal
Robert L. Minckley
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Soil Erosion and Deposition Before and After Fire in Oak Savannas
Peter F. Ffolliott, Gerald J. Gottfried, Hui Chen, Aaron T. Kauffman, Cody L. Stropki, Daniel G. Neary
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Hillslope Treatment Effectiveness Monitoring on Horseshoe 2 and Monument Fires
Carly Gibson, Ann Youberg, Marc Stamer
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Ecology and Management of Oak Woodlands and Savannas in the Southwestern Borderlands Region
Gerald J. Gottfried, Peter F. Ffolliott
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Effects of Prescribed Fires and a Wildfire on Biological Resources of Oak Savannas in the Peloncillo Mountains, New Mexico
Gerald J. Gottfried, Peter F. Ffolliott, Daniel G. Neary
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Impacts of Wildfire on Wildlife in Arizona: A Synthesis
Shari L. Ketcham, John L. Koprowski
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Burned Saguaro: Will They Live or Die?
Marcia G. Narog and Bonni M. Corcoran, Ruth C. Wilson
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Post-Wildfire Erosion in the Chiricahua Mountains
Ann Youberg, Daniel G. Neary, Karen A. Koestner, Peter E. Koestner
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Tools for Management

Mapping and Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Border Tactical Infrastructure in the Sky Island Region
Caroline Patrick-Birdwell, Sergio Avila-Villegas, Jenny Neeley, Louise Misztal
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Using Remote Sensing to Monitor Post-fire Watershed Recovery as a Tool for Management
Jess Clark, Marc Stamer, Kevin Cooper, Carolyn Napper, Terri Hogue and Alicia Kinoshita
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Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Program
Doug Duncan, Robert W. Clarkson
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Potential for Extending Major Land Resource Areas into Northern Mexico
Roy S. Mann, Philip Heilman, Jeffry Stone
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Into the Third Dimension: Benefits of Incorporating LiDAR Data in Wildlife Habitat Models
Melissa J. Merrick, John L. Koprowski, Craig Wilcox
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Sustaining the Grassland Sea: Regional Perspectives on Identifying, Protecting and Restoring the Sky Island Region's Most Intact Grassland Valley Landscapes
Gitanjali S. Bodner, Peter Warren, David Gori, Karla Sartor, Steven Bassett
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Sacaton Riparian Grasslands of the Sky Islands: Mapping Distribution and Ecological Condition Using State-and-Transition Models in Upper Cienega Creek Watershed
Ron Tiller, Melissa Hughes, Gita Bodner
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Human Impacts

Long Distance Commutes by Lesser Long-nosed Bats (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae) to Visit Residential Hummingbird Feeders
Debbie C. Buecher, Ronnie Sidner
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Effects of Roads on Wildlife in Arizona: How Far Have We Traveled?
Hsiang Ling Chen, John L. Koprowski
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Tools for Research

Wildlife Survey and Monitoring in the Sky Island Region with an Emphasis on Neotropical Felids
Sergio Avila-Villegas, Jessica Lamberton-Moreno
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Analysis of the Seasonal Activity Rate of Sympatric Carnivores and their Prey in Saguaro National Park
Mary Beth Benton, Siria A. Cerda-Navarro, Katie R. Keck, Brittany N. McKnight
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Wildlife Surveys and Monitoring With the Use of Remote Camera Traps in the Greater Oak Flat Watershed Near Superior, Arizona
Roger Featherstone, Sky Jacobs, Sergio Avila-Villegas, Sandra Doumas
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Poster Papers

Medium and Large Mammals in the Sierra La Madera, Sonora, Mexico
Erick Oswaldo Bermúdez-Enríquez, Rosa Elena Jiménez-Maldonado, Gertrudis Yanes-Arvayo, María de la Paz Montañez-Armenta, Hugo Silva-Kurumiya
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Herpetofauna at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch
Roger C. Cogan
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Late Quaternary Brown Bear (Ursidae: Ursus cf. arctos) from a Cave in the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona
Nicholas J. Czaplewski, Steve Willsey
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FireScape: A Program for Whole-Mountain Fire Management in the Sky Island Region
Brooke Gebow, Christopher Stetson, Donald A. Falk, Corrine Dolan
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Floristic Analysis of Heterogeneous Landscape Patches in a Biological Corridor in the El Rodeo-Básora Area near Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Ana Lilia Hernández-Rodríguez, María de la Paz Montañez-Armenta, Gertrudis Yanes-Arvayo, Hugo Silva-Kurumiya
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Association Between Nurse Plants and Saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea) in the Western Sonora
C. Hinojo-Hinojo, C. Trujillo-López, O. Calva-Pérez, O. Galaz-García, A. E. Castellanos-Villegas
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Vegetation Monitoring on Semi-Arid Grasslands Ungrazed by Domestic Livestock
Linda Kennedy, Dan Robinett
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Mountain Pine Beetle in Southwestern White Pine in the Pinaleño Mountains
Ann M. Lynch, Christopher D. O'Connor
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Population Status of Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in the San Pedro River Basin, Sonora
Efrén Moreno-Arzate, Carlos A. López González, Gerardo Carreón Arroyo
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Babocomari River Riparian Protection Project
Dan Robinett, Linda Kennedy
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Important Bird Areas of the Madrean Archipelago: A Conservation Strategy for Avian Communities
Vashti (Tice) Supplee, Jennie MacFarland
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Preliminary Flora of Ojo de Agua Tonibabi, Sierra La Madera, Sonora, Mexico
Melissa Valenzuela-Yánez, Gertrudis Yanes-Arvayo, Maria de la Paz Montañez-Armenta, Hugo Silva-Kurumiya, Thomas R. Van Devender
PDF File Size: 480 K

Examining Wildlife Responses to Phenology and Wildfire Using a Landscape-Scale
Camera Trap Network

Miguel L. Villarreal, Leila Gass, Laura Norman, Joel B. Sankey, Cynthia S.A Wallace, Dennis McMacken, Jack L. Childs, Roy Petrakis
PDF File Size: 580 K

Mapping Landscape Phenology Preference of Yellow-Billed Cuckoo With AVHRR Data
Cynthia S. A. Wallace, Miguel Villarreal, Charles van Riper, III
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Addendum for Merging Science and Management in a Rapidly Changing World: Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago III
The following papers were part of the Conference, but inadvertently missed when compiling the Proceedings

Tools for Management

Mapping ecological systems in southeastern Arizona
Jim Malusa, Donald Falk, Larry Laing, Brooke Gebow
PDF File Size: 2.8 MB

Poster Papers

Vascular plants diversity of El Aribabi Conservation Ranch: A private natural protected area in northern Sonora, Mexico
J. Jesus Sanchez-Escalante, Denise Z. Avila-Jimenez, David A. Delgado-Zamora, Liliana Armenta-Cota, Thomas R. Van Devender, Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero
PDF File Size: 760 K

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