This is a planned 5-year study with two main goals: 1) Assess the population status of the coastal cactus wren following the 2014 drought and 2) monitor the implementation of the MSP 2015 Habitat Conservation and management Plan's highest priority management actions. In the first year, the population status of cactus wren in MUs 3 and 4 was assessed to determine the relationship between habitat quality, food availability, and cactus wren productivity and survival. In 2017, the focus is on monitoring cactus wren reproduction and survival and conducting vegetation sampling. Specific management recommendations will be developed to respond to short-term emergency needs and to enhance habitat for long-term cactus wren persistence. Continued monitoring will be done annually.
Name: Cactus Wren Survey Guide
Description: A general procedure for surveying Cactus Wrens highlighting prioritizing survey activities in the field.
County: San Diego
General: Central-central, South-central, South-west
MU: 3, 4
Project type: Monitoring
Target species: Coastal cactus wren
Target vegetation: coastal sage scrub
Investigator: Barbara Kus
Main implementing entity: U.S. Geological Survey
Point of contact: Barbara Kus
Project Page manager: Annabelle Bernabe
SDMMP lead: Kris Preston
Study lead: Kris Preston
Budget year: FY15-16; Work plan objectives number: 1.2