Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program:
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Staff Member

Auriel Fournier

Auriel holding a Virginia Rail

Phone: (419) 307 - 6261


  • BS Michigan Technological University 2011


Originally from Ohio my interest in birds started in early high school working with Virginia Rails and Soras in the marshes along Lake Erie in NW Ohio. I have a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Michigan Technological University and am now working on my PhD studying the fall migration ecology and habitat use of rails in Missouri . My research is looking at the impacts of waterfowl habitat management in impounded wetlands on the distribution, migratory timing and occupancy of rails across Missouri during fall migration. . Ornithology, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Research Publications Publication Date
Fournier, A.M.V., and D. G. Krementz. 2017. Nocturnal Distance Sampling All-Terrain Vehicle Surveys for Non-Breeding Rails. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:151-156. March 2017
Fournier, A.M.V., and Bond A.L. Volunteer Field Staff are Bad for Wildlife Ecology. The Wildlife Society Bulletin | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website January 2016
Fournier, A.M.V. Welsh, K.J., Polito, M., Emslie, S. Brasso, R. 2016 Historic mercury exposure in the Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans) in coastal salt marshes of North Carolina Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology doi 10.1007/s00128-016-1870-z | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website July 2016
Fournier, A. M.V., Sheildcastle, M. C., Fries, A. C. and Bump, J. K. (2013), A morphometric model to predict the sex of virginia rails (Rallus limicola). Wildlife Society Bulletin, 37: 881–886. doi: 10.1002/wsb.323 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website December 2013
Fournier, A. M.V., D. C. Mengel, and D. G. Krementz. 2016. Sora (Porzana carolina) autumn migration habitat use. Royal Society Open Science 5:171664. | Abstract May 2018
Fournier, A. M. V., D. C. Mengel, and D. G. Krementz. 2017. Virginia and Yellow Rail autumn migration phenology and habitat use in the Mississippi Flyway. Animal Migration 4: 15-22. | Abstract September 2017
AURIEL M.V. FOURNIER, , DOREEN C. MENGEL, EDWARD E. GBUR, and DAVID G. KREMENTZ. 2017. The timing of autumn sora (Porzana carolina) migration. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129:765-770. | Abstract April 2018
2015 Fournier, A.M.V., Shieldcastle, M.C., Kashmer, T., Mylecraine, K.A. Comparison of Arrival Dates of Spring Rail Migration in the Southwest Lake Erie Marshes, Ohio, USA. Waterbirds 38(3) 312-314 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website September 2015
Fournier, A.M.V, Sullivan, A., Bump, J., Perkins, M., Shieldcastle, M.C., King, S. 2016 Combining citizen science species distribution models and stable isotopes reveals migratory connectivity in the secretive Virginia rail Journal of Applied Ecology doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12723 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website June 2016
Presentations Presentation Date
Webb, E.B., A. Fournier and D.C. Mengel. Marvelous Marshbirds. The Conservationist Magazine (published by Missouri Department of Conservation) October 2017
Jodice, P.G.R., M. Woodrey, and A. Fournier. 2018. Movement ecology of seabirds: Multi-scale and multi-taxa approaches to addressing conservation needs in the Gulf of Mexico. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Mobile, Alabama. October 2018
Jodice et al. 2019. The Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network: long-term and large-scale monitoring to address conservation needs . Symposium: Implementation of the National Bird Conservation Priorities, The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada. October 2019
Fournier, Auriel M.V., David G. Krementz, Doreen C. Mengel, Andy H. Raedeke. 2013 Phenology, Habitat Use and Co-Occurrence of Fall Migrating Yellow Rails on Intensively-Managed Wetland Complexes in Missouri - Research In Progress. Yellow Rail Virtual Scientific Symposium July 2013
Fournier, A.M.V, Sullivan, A.R., Bump, J.K., Perkins, M., Shieldcastle, M.C., King, S.L. Combining citizen science derived species distribution models and stable isotope analysis reveals migratory connectivity in a secretive species, the Virginia Rail July 2015
Fournier, A. M. V., and D. G. Krementz. 2013. Preliminary Results of Effects of Wetland Management Strategies on Habitat Use of Fall Migrating Rails on Intensively-Managed Wetland Complexes in Missouri. The Wildlife Society Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. October 2013
Fournier, A. M. V., K. L. Drake, D. C. Tozer, and D. G. Krementz. 2016. Migratory connectivity of sora, Virginia and yellow rails. North American Ornithological Conference. Washington, D.C. August 2016
Fournier, A. M. V., D. G. Krementz, D. C. Mengel, and A. H. Raedeke. 2014. Wetland management and sora habitat during fall migration. The Wildlife Society Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2014
Fournier, A. M. V., D. C. Mengel, D. G. Krementz. 2015. Timing of autumn migration in the Mississippi Flyway by rails. Association of Field Ornithologists, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. July 2015
Effects of Wetland Management Strategies on Habitat Use of Fall Migrating Rails in Intensively-Managed Wetland Complexes in Missouri. Auriel M.V. Fournier1, Doreen C. Mengel2, Andrew H. Raedeke2, David G. Krementz3, 1Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 2Missouri Department of Conservation, Columbia, MO, 3U.S. Geological Survey - Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR Abstract: Actively managing inland wetlands for waterbirds usually involves some sort of disturbance. Most wetland managers use a combination of water level manipulation and/or soil disturbance. Here we will focus on water level manipulations and how that disturbance type influences wetland use by migrating rails through the central portion of the Mississippi Flyway. In Missouri, water level manipulation falls into two basic approaches - early to mid-summer drawdown or late summer flooding. We surveyed migrating sora (Porzana carolina) across four regions in Missouri during four sampling periods in the autumns of 2012 and 2013. We sampled rails using line transects from ATVs at night and analyzed the data using program Distance. We analyzed each survey period separately. We found that habitat type (moist soil management, perennial emergent), plant/water interspersion, water depth, draw down date, and flooding date explained Sora density in different periods during the autumn. Sora density was positively influenced by flooding date earlier in the autumn. We found Sora density increased with percent interspersion and water depth across all regions early in the autumn. We found sora densities were higher in wetlands managed for moist soil then in wetlands managed for perennial emergent. We will continue surveys in 2014 and 2015 with randomized management experimentation to further examine the impact of water level disturbance on sora density. October 2014
Auriel M.V. Fournier, Doreen C. Mengel, David G. Krementz. 2016. Habitat use by Autumn Migrating Sora in the Mississippi Flyway. Society of Wetland Scientist Meeting, Corpus Christi. May 2016
Technical Publications Publication Date
Fournier, A. M. V., and K. Willard. 2015. King rail nesting and brood rearing ecology in managed wetlands: Final report USFWS Division of Migratory Birds Webless Program | Download September 2015
Fournier, A. M. V. 2016. Effects of wetland management strategies on habitat use of fall migrating rails on intensively-managed wetland complexes in Missouri. Final Report RWO 41. | Download October 2016