NC Wildlife Action Plan: Call for Peer Reviewers

Peer-review assistance is requested from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) biologists and scientists with expertise and knowledge about North Carolina’s wildlife species.

The NCWRC is in the process of revising the NC Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) for publication in 2015. A component of the revision process involves identification of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and other priority species. The SGCN and priority species represent wildlife for which there are conservation concerns, knowledge gaps, or management needs and will be a focal point for discussion in the revised WAP.

The first step in identification of these species involved application of evaluation and ranking metrics which are described in a White Paper published by in NCWRC biologists in 2013. The metrics were developed to assist with the evaluation process and serve as a robust measure of our understanding about the status, trends, and extinction risks of species found in North Carolina. A copy of the White Paper in PDF format can be downloaded by clicking on this link http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Conserving/documents/ActionPlan/Revisions/WhitePaper-Ranking-Criteria-NC-Priority-Species.pdf

  • Teams of species experts (Taxa Teams) representing numerous state and federal agencies, education and research organizations, and private citizens with expertise and knowledge about wildlife species found in North Carolina were convened in mid-2013. The Taxa Teams were asked to apply the ranking criteria metrics to evaluate species in eight taxonomic groups: amphibians, birds, crayfish, freshwater fish, freshwater mussels, mammals, reptiles, and snails. 
  • The Taxa Teams recently completed their evaluations and we are requesting peer review assistance from other biologists and scientists.

You are invited to assist by providing peer-review of the evaluation results.

If you are interested in participating, please provide your contact information and tell us which taxon you can review by clicking on the following link and completing the sign-up information. We will then be able to provide access to the Taxa Team evaluation results.

http://ncpaws.org/Surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l4M3l67

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Cindy Carr.