San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Vertebrate Species
Cactus Wren Monitoring in southern San Diego County

in progress

Project description

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.

Project groups


Project Group: Coastal Cactus Wren Monitoring in MUs 3 and 4

Project protocol

Name: Cactus Wren Survey Guide

Description: A general procedure for surveying Cactus Wrens highlighting prioritizing survey activities in the field.

Project location

County: San Diego

General: Central-central, South-central, South-west

MU: 3, 4

Project Data - Files

Project focus

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

Strategic elements

Budget year: FY15-16; Work plan objectives number: 1.2

Files and Documents