Wildlife Monitoring

East Foundation lands are the cornerstone to our research program. Land is constantly changing, with some change happening rapidly (e.g., in response to prescribed burns) and some change happening more slowly (e.g., with brush encroachment). The application of a durable system to detect change (or trends) in wildlife and vegetation over time is essential for making informed management decisions not only today, but in the future.

East Foundation’s wildlife monitoring approach involves tested systems that are proven reliable. Each year from January to November we deploy a team of technicians, crew leaders, interns, and graduate students across our lands to count critters and vegetation. Graduate students often complete a related study towards their thesis or dissertation research.

Examples of graduate student study topics and research questions includes:

  • Least Grebes – How do they protect their young?
  • Bats – Which species are present and when are they most active?
  • Texas Pocket Gophers – What species of reptiles and amphibians use burrow systems?
  • Songbirds – Why are some nests successful and some nests fail?
  • Cactus Wrens – Where do they nest and why?
  • Greater Roadrunners – Which wildlife prey on nests and how are nests defended?
  • Raptors – Can artificial calls be used to detect different birds of prey?
  • Reticulate Collared Lizards – How large of an area do they use and when are they active?
  • Golden-fronted and Ladder Backed Woodpeckers – Are their cavities used by other birds?

East Foundation’s wildlife monitoring system 1) helps determine the impacts of drought, disease, invasive plants, and non-native animals on its lands, and 2) engages emerging scientists in land stewardship principles and practices.

For more information or questions about this project contact Andrea Montalvo at amontalvo@eastfoundation.net.

Related Publications

Developing Rigorous Monitoring Programs: Power and Sample Size Evaluations of a Robust Method for Monitoring Bird Assemblages

Full Text December 2019

Jeremy A. Baumgardt, Michael L. Morrison, Leonard A. Brennan, and Tyler A. Campbell

Diurnal and Nocturnal Habitat Use in Reticulate Collared Lizards (Crotaphytus Reticulatus)

Full Text October 2019

Timothy B. Garrett, Wade A. Ryberg, Connor S. Adams, Tyler A. Campbell, and Toby J. Hibbitts

Life in the Thornscrub: Movement, Home Range, and Territoriality of the Reticulate Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus reticulatus)

Full Text September 2019

Wade A. Ryberg, Timothy B. Garrett, Connor S. Adams, Tyler A. Campbell, Danielle K. Walkup, Timothy E. Johnson, and Toby J. Hibbitts

Effects of Broadcasting Calls on Detection Probability in Occupancy Analyses of Multiple Raptor Species

Full Text July 2019

Jeremy A. Baumgardt, Michael L. Morrison, Leonard A. Brennan, and Tyler A. Campbell

Incorporating Biotic Relationships Improves Species Distribution Models: Modeling the Temporal Influence of Competition in Conspecific Nesting Birds

Full Text July 2019

Rachel R. Fern, Michael L. Morrison, Hsiao-Hsuan Wang, William E. Grant, and Tyler A. Campbell

Factors Affecting Nest Success and Predator Assemblage of Breeding Birds in Semiarid Grasslands

Full Text February 2019

Helen T. Davis, Ashley M. Long, Jeremy A. Baumgardt, Tyler A. Campbell, and Michael L. Morrison

Development of Multispecies, Long-Term Monitoring Programs for Resource Management

Full Text January 2019

Jeremy A. Baumgardt, Michael L. Morrison, Leonard A. Brennan, Brian L. Pierce, and Tyler A. Campbell

Summer Activity Patterns of Four Resident South Texas Bat Species

Full Text December 2018

Rachel R. Fern, Helen T. Davis, Jeremy A. Baumgardt, Michael L. Morrison, and Tyler A. Campbell

Damage Caused to Rangelands by Wild Pig Rooting Activity is Mitigated with Intensive Trapping

Full Text October 2018

Joshua A. Gaskamp, Kenneth L. Gee, Tyler A. Campbell, Nova J. Silvy, and Stephen L. Webb

Nest Defense Behavior of Greater Roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) in South Texas

Full Text September 2018

Helen T. Davis, Ashley M. Long, Tyler A. Campbell, and Michael L. Morrison

Cactus Wren Nest Characteristics in South Texas

Full Text February 2018

Janel L. Ortiz and Angelica F. Arredondo

Assessing Passeriforme Health in South Texas via Select Venous Analytes

Full Text June 2017

John Pistone, J. Jill Heatley, Tyler A. Campbell, and Gary Voelker

Grassland-Shrubland Bird Population Trends on East Foundation Ranches 2008-2015

Full Text June 2017

Maia L. Lipschutz, Thomas L. Langshield, David B. Wester, Leonard A. Brennan, and Tyler A. Campbell

Quantifying Drivers of Wild Pig Movement Across Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales

Full Text June 2017

Shannon L. Kay, Justin W. Fischer, Andrew J. Monaghan, James C. Beasley, Raoul Boughton, Tyler A. Campbell, Susan M. Cooper, Stephen S. Ditchkoff, Steve B. Hartley, John C. Kilgo, Samantha M. Wisely, A. Christy Wycoff, Kurt C. VerCauteren, and Kim M. Pepin

Trypanosome Species, Including Trypanosoma cruzi, in Sylvatic and Peridomestic Bats of Texas, USA

Full Text September 2016

Carolyn L. Hodo, Chloe C. Goodwin, Bonny C. Mayes, Jacqueline A. Mariscal, Kenneth A. Waldrup, and Sarah A. Hamer

New Amphibian and Reptile County Records from the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas, USA

Full Text September 2016

Connor S. Adam, Toby J. Hibbits, and Tyler A. Campbell

Pseudorabies Virus and Brucella abortus from an Expanding Wild Pig (Sus scrofa) Population in Southern Oklahoma, USA

Full Text April 2016

Joshua A. Gaskamp, Kenneth L. Gee, Tyler A. Campbell, Nova J. Silvy, and Stephen L. Webb

Contact Heterogeneities in Feral Swine: Implications for Disease Management and Future Research

Full Text March 2016

Kim M. Pepin, Amy J. Davis, James Beasley, Raoul Boughton, Tyler A. Campbell, Susan M. Cooper, Wes Gaston, Steve Hartley, John C. Kilgo, Samantha M. Wisely, Christy Wyckoff, and Kurt C. VerCauteren

Simulating Potential Population Growth of Wild Pig (Sus scrofa) in Texas

Full Text July 2014

Janell M. Mellish, Aaron Sumrall, Tyler A. Campbell, Bret A. Collier, William H. Neill, Billy Higginbotham, and Roel R. Lopez