American Bison Society Meeting on Bison Ecological Restoration
March 23-25, 2011, Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The American Bison Society and the Wildlife Conservation Society hosted our third meeting on Bison Ecological Restoration on March 23-25, 2011, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 2011 meeting brought stakeholders together to address a set of focal issues facing bison restoration and included three panels of experts from the US and Canada that explored the following topics:
Techniques for Bison Genetic Evaluation
Guidelines for Managing Bison Genetics
Bison Ecological Interactions
The meeting was co-sponsored by the Linden Trust for Conservation, the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and World Wildlife Fund-US.
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Copies of the panel presentations are available here for download.
Panel I: Techniques for Bison Genetic Evaluation
Panel II: Guidelines for Managing Bison Genetics
- Keith Aune, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Thomas Jung, Yukon Department of Environment, "Survey of bison managers: genetic issues and concerns"
- Oliver Ryder, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, "Management for population persistence: developing guidelines for managed populations for which introgression is a concern"
- Richard Reading, Denver Zoological Foundation, "Managing the genetic integrity of bison in the field: lessons from Mongolia"
- Greg Wilson, Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, "Wood-plains bison hybridization and the loss of genetic diversity in small herds"
- Peter Dratch, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Inventory and Monitoring Initiative, "Management of bison conservation herds with historic cattle ancestry"
Panel III: Documenting Bison Ecological Interactions
- Cormack Gates, University of Calgary, IUCN Bison Specialist Group, "From the ground up: cascading ecological effects of bison"
- Kate Schoenecker, USGS-Fort Collins Science Center, and Natural Resources Ecology Lab, Colorado State University, "Bison-elk niche overlap in an arid habitat"
- Steve Zack, Wildlife Conservation Society, "Grassland birds as indicators of the ecological recovery of bison"
- Michel Kohl, Boone and Crockett Program in Wildlife Conservation, University of Montana, and Kyran Kunkel, WWF-US, "Ecological monitoring of bison with telemetry data"
- Joseph Craine, Kansas State University, "Climate change and the climate-nutrition-performance cascade for bison"
Kevin Ellison and Steve Zack, Wildlife Conservation Society:
- Toward defining and measuring an ecological restoration of bison
- Using grassland birds to guide an ecological restoration of bison