Milwaukee Estuary Wildlife Population Assessment

Purpose

This proposal is for work to advance the Milwaukee Estuary AOC Fish and Wildlife Habitat Plan. The assessment is a necessary preliminary step in prioritizing habitat restoration projects in the AOC, especially for wildlife. The project area is home to a wide diversity of wildlife occupying a densely urban setting, with more than 50 species listed by the State as Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern. This wildlife assessment will establish baseline inventories and knowledge so that future changes in biodiversity can be monitored – it will provide the needed science behind the habitat planning

Objective

sources, new biotic surveys (e.g., mussels, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, etc.), species and habitat assessments, mapping and reporting. Data mining for year 2 will include collection of historical data from museum and agency records, the literature, recent surveys, and data from local naturalists that was not part of the earlier effort. Surveys will target species with sparse data, with appropriate seasons and methods for sampling, such as spring ephemeral ponds and calling frog surveys, June breeding bird surveys, late summer and fall mammal and mussel surveys, spring and fall migratory bird surveys, and invasive species surveys

Outcome

This project will lead to identification of specific projects that, once implemented, will remove the wildlife component of the Degraded Fish and Wildlife Populations impairment for the Milwaukee AOC. The Milwaukee Estuary Fish and Wildlife Technical Team is developing evaluation methods for measuring project success, and this project is necessary to continue the development of wildlife-related goals and measures.

Study Design

See QAPP

QA Measures

Run Project Summary Report

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Habitat
GLRI_00E01206sub1
2013
Active
 
Reports and Documents
UW-Milwaukee's Scope of Work for Year 4 of the contract for Wildlife Population Assessment in the Milwaukee Estuary AOC.
Milwaukee County's Scope of Work for a contract for Year 4 of Wildlife Population Assessment in the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC). Note: funding for this portion of the project from 2012 GLRI Noncompete grant (Next Steps Delisting AOC).
Progress from April 2016-July 2016
Progress from April-June 2016
Annual summary for year 2 of data collection
4th quarterly report for year 2 wildlife assessment
Scope of Work for Milwaukee County's contract third year Wildlife Population Assessment in the Milwaukee Estuary AOC.
2015 Annual report summarizing progress for 2015 field season
Wildlife Population Assessment 2015 Progress
2015 DRPC Q1 Report
Baseline Wildlife Population Assessment Q4 - UWM
Annual Report for 2014
The Scope of Work for Milwaukee County's year 2 contract for Wildlife Population Assessment in the Milwaukee Estuary AOC.
UW-Milwaukee's Scope of Work for Year 2 of their contract for Wildlife Population Assessment in the Milwaukee Estuary AOC.
Annual Report - Baseline Wildlife Population Assessment: Milwaukee County Parks, Recreation & Culture
Final QAPP - EPA approved
First Quarterly Report for Casper/UWM portion of Wilidlife Assessment project
First Quarterly report for the Milwaukee County Portion of the Wildlife Assessment