In an effort to prevent flooding in Cairo, Illinois during spring of 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activated the Bird’s Point-New Madrid Floodway. This event resulted in scouring of the floodway, with an immediate effect on established populations of swamp rabbits. In this study, we assess the recovery of the swamp rabbit metapopulation within the floodway. We used occupancy data from 3 statewide surveys for swamp rabbits (1992, 2001, and 2011) to estimate parameters for a spatial patch occupancy model. Beginning in 2011, we conducted yearly surveys of habitat patches within and along the New Madrid Floodway. The parameterized occupancy model was then used to simulate potential responses to the flooding event. Both the model and occupancy data are in broad agreement, and show a recovery of the metapopulation.
|Title of host publication
|97th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, 20-24 June 2017, Moscow, Idaho
|Published - 2017