If a prairie chicken clucks in the prairie and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Thanks to the innovative survey techniques deployed by the NRI research team of Dr. Brian Pierce, Frank Cartaya and Sarah Turner, we finally have our answer. Travel to eastern New Mexico with us in this week's blog as we track the team's progress while they conduct surveys using acoustic technology, which is 50 times more efficient than traditional methods for detecting the occurrence of the formerly ESA-listed Lesser Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicintus) on Melrose Air Force Range. This is what raising the bar for the standards of proactive wildlife management looks like.
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Sarah Turner joined Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in March 2015 as a student technician and became a graduate research assistant in August 2015. She is currently a research assistant focusing on ecological monitoring of military lands. Her duties include conducting baseline biological surveys, ensuring compliance with environmental policies and developing natural resource management plans.
Sarah received a Bachelor of Science in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University, and her Master of Science in wildlife and fisheries sciences focused on identifying factors influencing avian distribution in the shortgrass prairie of New Mexico in August 2017. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Ecosystem Science and Management at A&M.
Sarah was raised in Lufkin, Texas, where her affinity for the outdoors developed at a young age. During her free time, Sarah can be found hunting, fishing, motorcycling or simply enjoying the great outdoors.