april, 2017

11apr7:00 pmMule Deer and Gas Development

Event Details

Please Join Us For A Presentation on the Impact of Natural Gas Development on Mule Deer 
 
Tuesday, April 11th
Paonia Library
 “Mule deer population dynamics in the Piceance Basin: responses to recent energy development activities and historic changes in deer demographic parameters.
 
Background: 
This project was initiated in 2008 to address mule deer/energy development interactions and to identify improved approaches for development planning and evaluate habitat treatments as a mitigation option to benefit mule deer exposed to energy development activity.
 
As is typically the case with long-term research projects, we learned several other aspects about mule deer population dynamics that were not the primary focus of the initial research effort. 
The Piceance Basin supports the largest migratory mule deer population in Colorado and has been the focus of past research efforts during the 1980s and early 1990s.  Comparing data collected since 2008 to similar data collected during the 1980s-early 1990s provided interesting comparisons to better understand how mule deer population dynamics in this area have changed over the past few decades. 
This information highlighted the decline in deer numbers occurring during the early 1990s, which has remained at similar levels since, and a shift from a primarily habitat/forage limited system during the 1980s to improved forage conditions that are not currently limiting this population. 
The interesting question is why haven’t deer numbers increased given that this population is no longer limited by forage conditions? 
Chuck Anderson, Mammals Research Leader for Colorado Parks and Wildlife will address changes mule deer demographic parameters since the 1980s and address potential factors currently influencing this population.
Co-sponsored by Citizens for a Healthy Community and Western Slope Conservation Center

Time

(Tuesday) 7:00 pm MT

Location

Paonia Public Library

140 Grand Ave., Paonia, CO 81428

Organizer

Citizens for a Healthy Community

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