RESEARCH AT NEMOURS WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

Staff Biologist Beau Bauer (L) and intern Gillie Croft band Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Staff Biologist Beau Bauer (L) and intern Gillie Croft band Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The Nemours Wildlife Foundation is regularly engaged in short and long term studies focusing on conservation, management, and sustainability of wildlife populations and their habitats. Dr. Ernie Wiggers, president and CEO of the Foundation, currently holds adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Clemson University, and the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. An adjunct position at Marshall University is also in the works.

Staff Biologist, Beau Bauer, in addition to supervising interns and participating in other research, is working on his own Master’s Thesis.

Although the Foundation has access to its own lands which can be used as an outdoor laboratory, its research program is not necessarily confined to this site. The Foundation will pursue research opportunities wherever it believes its resources and staff can make a difference.

Research Activities:

• Eastern Wild Turkey Nesting and Brood-rearing Habitat Selection: A Multi-Year Investigation. Beau Bauer, Ernie Wiggers. Funding Partners: Nemours Wildlife Foundation.
• Southern Fox Squirrel Restoration on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. Jayme Waldron, Shane Welch, Beau Bauer, and Ernie Wiggers. Funding Partners: Marshall University, U.S. Department of Defense, Nemours Wildlife Foundation.
• Mottled Duck Home-range and Habitat Selection Using Satellite Telemetry. Kaylee Pollander, M.S. Thesis, Michael Chamberlain Advisor, University of Georgia. Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, GA DNR, SC DNR.
• Response of Plants and Wildlife to Pine Savanna Restoration. Beau Bauer and Ernie Wiggers. Funding Partners: Nemours Wildlife Foundation.
• Influence of Wigeongrass Management on Waterbird and Invertebrate Community Dynamics in Coastal Impoundments of South Carolina. Beau Bauer, M.S. Thesis, Drew Lanham, Advisor, Clemson University. Funding Partners: James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, Clemson University.
• Habitat Selection of Wintering Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population, Hillary Thompson, M.S. Thesis, Patrick Jodice, Advisor, SC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson University. Funding Partners: Clemson University, SC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Nemours Wildlife Foundation.
• Habitat Selection of an Opportunistic Predator in a Fragmented Landscape: American Alligator Movement Ecology in Coastal South Carolina. Abby Lawson, PhD Dissertation, Clemson University, Dr. Patrick Jodice, Advisor, SC Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson University. Funding Partners: Yawkey Wildlife Foundation, SC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson University, SC DNR, and Nemours Wildlife Foundation.

Dr. Wiggers explains how water trunks are used to move water on and off managed wetlands.

• Effect of Dispersal Distance of Neonate Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus) in an Anthropogenic Landscape. Jonathon Cooley, M.S. Thesis Project, Marshall University, Jayme Waldron and Shane Welch, Advisors. Funding partners: Marshall University, Department of Defense, and Nemours Wildlife Foundation.
• Brood-rearing Habitat Requirements of the Mottled Duck in the ACE Basin. Molly Kneece, M.S. Thesis, Brian Davis, Advisor. Mississippi State University. Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited, SC DNR, Delta Waterfowl, The Flyway Foundation, and Nemours Wildlife Foundation.
• Movements, Habitat Use, and Competition with Wood Ducks by Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks. Gillie Croft. M.S. Thesis, Greg Yarrow, Advisor, Clemson University. Funding Partners: James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, SC DNR, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, and Clemson University.

Recent Presentations at Professional Meetings

• Nareff, G.E., S.H. Schweitzer, E.P. Wiggers, and W.E. Mills. 2015. Time-activity Budgets of Dabbling Ducks and Shorebirds in Managed Tidal Impoundments and Adjacent Tidal Marshes. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC.
• Davis, J. B., J. C. Shipes, and M. R. Kneece. 2014. Mottled Ducks in South Carolina: Is it The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? 68th Annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Destin, FL.
• Kneece, M. R., J. B. Davis, E. P. Wiggers, R. M. Kaminski, and J. C. Shipes. 2014. Habitat Use of Mottled Duck Broods in the ACE Basin, South Carolina. Poster Presentation. Friends of Nemours Wildlife Foundation, Yemassee, South Carolina.
• Kneece, M. R., J. B. Davis, E. P. Wiggers, R. M. Kaminski, and J. C. Shipes. 2014. Nesting Ecology of Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula) in Coastal South Carolina. 68th Annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Destin, FL.
• Kneece, M.R., J.B. Davis, W.E. Mills, E.P. Wiggers, and R.M. Kaminski. 2013. Habitat Use of Mottled Duck Broods in the ACE Basin, South Carolina. Poster Presentation. Friends of Nemours, Yemassee, SC.
• Kneece, M.R., J.B. Davis, W.E. Mills, E.P. Wiggers, and R.M. Kaminski. 2013. Habitat Use of Mottled Duck Broods in the ACE Basin, South Carolina. Poster Presentation. Society of Wetland Scientists-South Central Chapter Fall Meeting, Starkville, MS.
• Shipes, J. C., M. R. Kneece, J. B. Davis, E. P. Wiggers, and R. M. Kaminski. 2014. Nesting Ecology of Mottled Ducks in ACE Basin, South Carolina. Poster Presentation. Friends of Nemours Wildlife Foundation, Yemassee, South Carolina.
• Shipes, J. C., J. B. Davis, E. P. Wiggers, M. R. Kneece, and R. M. Kaminski. 2014. Movements and Habitat Selection of Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula) in South Carolina. 68th Annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Destin, FL.
• Shipes, J. C., J. B. Davis, E. P. Wiggers, M. R. Kneece, and R. M. Kaminski. 2014. Use of Indicated Breeding Pairs to Assess Breeding Mottled Ducks in South Carolina. 68th Annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Destin, FL.
• Shipes, J. C., J. B. Davis, E. P. Wiggers, M. R. Kneece, and R. M. Kaminski. 2013. Ecology of Mottled Ducks in Coastal South Carolina. Oral Presentation, 67th Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Oklahoma City, OK.
• Shipes, J. C., J. B. Davis, E. P. Wiggers, M. R. Kneece, and R. M. Kaminski. 2013. Mottled Duck Research in South Carolina. Oral presentation to the Atlantic Flyway Council's Migratory Game Bird technical Section, Mystic, CT.

Rare and endangered Red Cockaded Woodpeckers have been released at Nemours Plantation and are monitored by Nemours biologists and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Rare and endangered Red Cockaded Woodpeckers have been released at Nemours Plantation and are monitored by Nemours biologists and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Related Publications:

• Nareff, G.E., S.H. Schweitzer, E.P. Wiggers, and W.E. Mills. 2015. Time-activity Budgets of Dabbling Ducks and Shorebirds in Managed Tidal Impoundments and Adjacent Tidal Marshes. In print: Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
• Robinson, K.F. and Jennings, C.A. 2012. Maximizing Age-0 Spot Export from a South Carolina Estuary: An Evaluation of Coastal Impoundment Management Alternatives via Structured Decision Making. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, 4(1):156-172.
• Robinson, K.F. and Jennings, C.A. 2014. Productivity of Functional Guilds of Fishes in Managed Wetlands in Coastal South Carolina. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(1):70-86.
• Robinson, K. F. and Jennings, C.A. 2014. A Comparison of Resident Fish Assemblages in Managed and Unmanaged Coastal Wetlands in North Carolina and South Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist 13(2):237-260.
• Carswell, B.L., Peterson, J.T. and Jennings, C.A. 2015. Tidal Management Affects Sub-Adult Fish Assemblages in Impounded South Carolina Marshes. Wetlands Ecology and Management Vol. 23(6).
• Roach, N. S., Barrett, K. 2015. Managed Habitats Increase Occupancy of Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis) and May Buffer Impacts from Sea Level Rise. Wetlands (online).
• Fill, J.; Welch, S.; Waldron, J.; Mousseau, T. 2012. The Reproductive Response of an Endemic Bunchgrass Indicates Historical Timing of a Keystone Species. Ecosphere 3(7)
• Fill, J.; Welch, S.; Brown, H.; Waldron, J.; Weakley, A.; Mousseau, T. 2014. Life-history Correlates of Plant Endemism in Long Leaf Pine Ecosystems. Southeastern Naturalist 13(3)
• Fill, J.; Waldron, J.; Welch, S.; Gibbons, W.; Bennett, S.; Mousseau, T. 2015. Using Multiscale Spatial Models to Assess Potential Surrogate Habitat for an Imperiled Reptile. PloS One 10(4)

Recent Educational Programs:

• Fripp Island Audubon
• Beaufort Leadership and Beaufort Senior Leadership
• Workshop on Managed Tidal Impoundments for Corps of Engineer project managers
• First Scot pre-school
• Expeditions with Patrick McMillian program filming
• Sponsor for the Plantation Managers meeting
• Sponsor for the SC Prescribed Fire Council meeting
• Coastal Master Naturalist Assoc.-Patrick McMillian
• Wounded Warrior Wheelchair Hunt
• Lowcountry Master Naturalist Program
• Clemson Extension Training workshop
• Warrior Waterfowl Hunt
• Seabrook Island Natural History Group Tour
• Pickens County High School students
• Coastal Kingdom with Tony Mills program filming