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Jonathan has worked in the Intermountain West for almost a decade, with most of that time researching the behavior and habitat use of upland game birds in California, Nevada, and Idaho. Jonathan’s current research examines community dynamics of birds and small mammals within different land-cover types and in relation to disturbances.
Human recreational and agricultural activities within public forests generate unintended perturbations for wildlife occupying the forests. Many of these effects likely will persist in perpetuity and need study. I inventoried the wild birds and mammals occupying a multiuse National Forest in southeastern Idaho, USA by measuring their presence throug...
We combined GPS data‐loggers, VHF transmitters, and DVR video‐monitoring to measure fine‐scale movement patterns during daily incubation recesses by female Sage Grouse Centrocercus urophasianus, a species with uniparental incubation that has experienced widespread population decline and distributional contraction. Most (69.6%) Sage Grouse recess ac...
Female sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter, sage-grouse; n = 819) were radio-marked from 2008–2015 to locate and monitor sage-grouse nests (n = 462). Microhabitat characteristics were measured following nest fate to identify features associated with nests. During 2014 and 2015, we combined GPS and VHF radio-marking of female sage-grou...
Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereinafter, "sage-grouse") are highly dependent on sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) dominated vegetation communities for food and cover from predators. Although this species requires the presence of sagebrush shrubs in the overstory, it also inhabits a broad geographic distribution with significant gradien...
This project examines bird and small mammal communities within a multi-use National Forest. Small mammal surveys are being conducted in conjunction with avian point count surveys (combined visual and song surveys) to examine presence/absence and species richness of small terrestrial vertebrates in relation to plant community type, elevation, and human land use, including recreational use of the trail system within the forest.