Wildlife Conservation and Management
The Wildlife section of the Division of Fish and Wildlife works to conserve and manage the terrestrial wildlife resources of our islands through a variety of locally and federally funded projects. Much of the federal funding comes from the Wildlife Restoration Program of US Fish and Wildlife.
Division wildlife biologists conduct research and provide data and reports on wildlife species that informs both scientists and policymakers on the status of species and the effectivenes of conservation and management efforts. They also look for new and emerging technologies that can be applied to wildlife conservation.
Key projects are outlined below.
The Tropical Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (TMAPS) Program is an ongoing program established in 2008 by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Institute for Bird Populations to provide baseline data on trends, vital rates, and habitat of a number of Saipan's indigenous bird species.
Understanding population, behavioral and reproductive dynamics of Saipan's landbirds is urgent because of the numerous threats faced by such populations, many of which have already gone extinct or are highly endangered.
The goals of the project are to:
- Provide annual indices of adult population size and post-fledging productivity
- Provide annual estimates of survival rates, proportions of residents, and recruitment into the population
- Assess avian demographic responses to weather and habitat variation
- Identify population trends and causes of population change
- Use these results to suggest habitat management actions and strategies
Six TMAPS sites for monitoring and survying landbirds have been established on Saipan. The program focuses on four species of landbirds; Egigi (Micronesian Myzomela), Naabak (Rufous Fantail), Nosa' (Bridled White-eye), and Canario (Golden White-eye).
- TMAPS 2011-2012 Report
- TMAPS 2010 Report
- TMAPS 2009 Report
- TMAPS 2008 Report
- Vital Rates of Landbirds on Saipan and Links to Remote-sensed Habitat Data - A Summary of Five Years (2008-2012) of the TMAPS program
- Manual for Ageing and Sexing Birds of Saipan, with notes on Breeding Seasonality
- Closed Robust Design Modeling of 2013 Saipan TMAPS Capture-recapture Data
- The Wilson Journal of Ornithology - Molt Patterns, Biometrics, And Age And Gender Classification Of Landbirds On Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands