Rua Mordecai

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About Rua Mordecai

Rua coordinates science for the South Atlantic and Southeast Blueprints. He helps integrate feedback from users, local experts, and ongoing research to improve the Blueprints.

New study shows longleaf corridors increase plant diversity

This figure from the paper shows one of 10 experimental landscapes from the study, each containing a center fragment that is either connected or unconnected to peripheral fragments of open longleaf pine savanna surrounded by dense pine plantations. Photo credit: Google Earth 2019. So much connectivity work is about finding ways for large [...]

By |January 10th, 2020|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on New study shows longleaf corridors increase plant diversity

South Atlantic indicator improvements in the works

As you probably know by now, we're always working on ways to improve the South Atlantic Ecosystem Indicators. With a South Atlantic Blueprint update on the horizon for next year, we're putting some extra focus on those indicator improvements. We have a prioritized list of things to work on based on feedback from Blueprint users [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on South Atlantic indicator improvements in the works

A fun way of looking at how species use the deep ocean

This deep-sea lizardfish was seen around 1,610 meters (5,282 feet) during the final dive of the Windows to the Deep 2019 expedition. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019. Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my head around the depths of the ocean. [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on A fun way of looking at how species use the deep ocean
  • Map of Draft Southeast Blueprint 4.0

Southeast Blueprint 4.0 finalized

Southeast Blueprint Version 4.0 is now finalized! It was presented and reviewed at the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) annual meeting a couple of weeks ago. Since no one raised any concerns or caught any mistakes, it's officially ready to use. We made lots of great improvements this year, including: Fixed the [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Southeast Blueprint 4.0 finalized
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Report on recent trends in Southeastern ecosystems now online

Shared from Rua’s post on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy blog Estimated percent change in indicator over 4 years based on most recently available data. You may remember that, last year, SECAS officially adopted a goal of a 10% or greater improvement in the health, function, and connectivity of Southeastern ecosystems by 2060. One of the [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Report on recent trends in Southeastern ecosystems now online
  • Map of Draft Southeast Blueprint 4.0

Draft Southeast Blueprint 4.0 now available

Shared from Rua's post on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy blog Draft Southeast Blueprint 4.0 identifies important areas for conservation and restoration across the Southeast and Caribbean. This year’s draft update of the Southeast Conservation Blueprint is now up and ready for you to explore. We made lots of great improvements this year, [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Draft Southeast Blueprint 4.0 now available

Priorities for conservation in Southeastern states: Newly created list of “Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need”

Shared from this guest blog on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy website by John Kanter and Bruce Stein, National Wildlife Federation   To provide greater clarity and focus for regional conservation and multi-state collaborations, a new “Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need” list is now available for use in the Southeast and in support of [...]

By |October 8th, 2019|Featured, Member Blog|Comments Off on Priorities for conservation in Southeastern states: Newly created list of “Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need”
  • Piedmont prairie at Mason Farm in Chapel Hill, NC

New partnership focused on Piedmont prairies

Piedmont prairie at Mason Farm Biological Reserve in Chapel Hill, NC. Photo by Rua Mordecai. More and more people seem to be talking about Piedmont prairies lately. It's another ecosystem that has gone through huge declines, but is starting to come back---thanks to the work of many dedicated people throughout the Piedmont. With [...]

By |September 4th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on New partnership focused on Piedmont prairies

Recent trends for forested wetland birds

This is a sneak peek at the draft report titled Recent Trends in Southeastern Ecosystems: Measuring progress toward the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) Goal. Forested wetland birds is one of the 12 indicators covered in the report. There's more background about the goal on the SECAS website. Forested wetland birds Species trend data for [...]

By |September 4th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Recent trends for forested wetland birds

Guess some trends in Southeastern ecosystem indicators

I've been having a great time synthesizing recent trends in Southeastern ecosystem indicators. It's part of this year's report on progress toward the SECAS 10% goal, which is a major part of the upcoming symposium at SEAFWA this fall. There are lots of interesting results that you'll hear about soon. In the meantime, here's a [...]

By |August 12th, 2019|Blueprint Staff Blog, Featured|Comments Off on Guess some trends in Southeastern ecosystem indicators