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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has adopted two different pitfall trap protocols to survey the endangered American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus. One protocol uses a transect of eight pitfall traps that prohibit bait contact over the course of three trap nights. The other protocol uses buckets that allow for bait contact over a five night(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the horizontal and vertical distribution of zooplankton in Harlan County Reservoir in order to assist in developing an appropriate zooplankton sampling regime for this and similar Nebraska irrigation reservoirs. Samples were collected at 16 sites distributed across 3 zones of the reservoir monthly in April, May,(More)
A technique for mass-marking fish was evaluated that forces fluorescent pigment into dermal tissue with compressed air. A five month trial was conducted where mark retention, readability, and marking mortality were evaluated with six fish species that represent a variety of taxonomic groups. Approximately 100 of each species were marked; a percentage with(More)
The American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus, is a federally endangered insect that once occurred in 35 US states and 3 Canadian provinces. Today, it remains at the periphery of its former range with the largest populations concentrated in Nebraska and Oklahoma. We assessed beetle occurrence records throughout the western ranges in Nebraska and(More)
Changes in relative abundance of adult walleye and egg density following the addition of walleye spawning habitat in a midwest irrigation reservoir" (2011). Abstract Cobble substrate for walleye (Sander vitreus) spawning was added at Sherman Reservoir, Nebras-ka, in January 2008. We evaluated changes in relative adult walleye abundance and egg density in(More)
Current known range of the Platte River caddisfly, Ironoquia plattensis, and genetic variability among populations from three Nebraska Rivers" (2013). Abstract The Platte River caddisfly (Ironoquia plattensis Alexander and Whiles 2000) was recently described from a warm-water slough along the Platte River in central Nebraska and was considered abundant at(More)
Four studies were conducted on dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), which are insects of great ecological and economic importance. Range management practices were found to impact dung beetle diversity and abundance. While sampling on organic and conventionally managed ranches in Nebraska, 93% (5,767) of total dung beetle capture was from the organically(More)
The sagebrush grasshopper, Melanoplus bowditchi Scudder (Orthoptera: Acrididae), is a phytophilous species that is widely distributed in the western United States on sagebrush species. The geographical distribution of M. bowditchi is very similar to the range of its host plants and its feeding association varies in relation to sagebrush distribution.(More)