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

Arizona Technical Assistance Activities


Photo of landscape taken at a Arizona reservoir.

Unit scientists offer a variety of fish and wildlife technical assistance to state and federal cooperators and private organizations. This assistance has included workshops on fish and wildlife monitoring techniques, conservation genetics and techniques for working with the public on fish and wildlife issues; assistance and advice with agency threatened and endangered species recovery groups; technical consultation on fish and wildlife issues for scientists and managers in other countries; and review of data and reports from management agencies and universities.


Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Volunteered to participate in the 2003 Mountain Lion Track Survey in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park
Culver 2003-02-01
Technical advise on various aspects of genetic techniques from protocols for DNA extraction from hair, bone, saliva, and feather samples to recommending primers for species identification, sex determination (birds, bears, and felids) and microsatellite amplification (bears and felids). Also provide advise on data analysis.
Culver 2004-06-01
Provided short course to Arizona Game and Fish Biologists entitled: Essential, Practical Communication Skills for Natural Resource Professionals. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2016 (Invited Workshop).
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar 2017-08-08
Provided recommendations to USFWS employees regarding effects of various kinds of development and various kinds of wetland manipulation on endangered rails in the southwestern U.S.
Conway 2002-10-01
Provided recommendations to USFWS Ecological Services Office on approaches for standardizing requirements for permit requests to conduct surveys on endangered Yuma Clapper Rails and training needed for agency biologists to conduct surveys.
Conway 2003-02-01
Provided recommendations for how to improve management of wildlife on Havasu National Wildlife Refuge as an invited outside member of a technical review panel
Conway 2003-06-01
Provided periodic expert opinion to the Yuma Clapper Rail Advisory Team, a multi-agency group organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The team makes recommendations regarding management and recovery of the federally-endangered Yuma Clapper Rail and coordinates activities among all federal, state, and tribal governments.
Conway 2004-05-01
Provided expert opinions to biologists in US Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Game and Fish Department regarding efforts to revegetate a large burned area along the Colorado River to help restore habitat for the state-endangered California Black Rail. The 2 agencies were developing a management plan for the revegetation effort and the scientist exchanged many emails and had numerous phone conversations with them to advise them with their revegetation plan.
Conway 2004-02-01
Provided expert advice to Town of Marana and Arizona Game and Fish Department on burrowing owl habitat preferences and land use as part of their efforts to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan.
Conway 2004-03-01
Provided advice on ways to estimate detection probability during standardized call-broadcast surveys for wetland birds.
Conway 2002-09-01
Provided advice and consultation to Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist who was writing a species account for the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas.
Conway 2002-09-01
Participated on a Conservation Genetics Panel for the Native Fishes Conservation Team Meeting, advised on fish genetics issues.
Culver 2005-06-15
Participated in conference call for board members of Trout Unlimited regarding genetic issues relevant to endangered fishes.
Culver 2004-02-01
Panel Member on an RGE National Promotion Review Panel
Conway 2002-08-01
One of 15 scientists invited by NPS (I was ornitholgical expert) to participate in the Madrona Pools Pulse project and workshop to evaluate a sensitive area of the national park and make recommendations on several proposed development options.
Conway 2003-05-01
Met with National Park Service biologists regarding research necessary to demonstrate a link between groundwater depletion and viability of bird populations in Saguaro National Park.
Conway 2004-03-01
Met with Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society's Burrowing Owl coordinator to discuss ways their society could contribute to burrowing owl recovery in the state of Washington.
Conway 2003-01-01
Invited to sit on RGE National Promotion Review Panel
Conway 2002-08-01
Invited to serve on external review committee for Arizona Game and Fish Department's research program on the federally endangered Cactus Ferriginous Pygmy Owl
Conway 2000-10-01
Invited to participate on a jaguar conservation panel discussion at a jaguar meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Culver 2004-11-15
Invited to participate in NAS review of taxonomy for the Red Wolf which will include writing a request for applicants for research proposals and a scientific research design for addressing ancient red wolf lineages.
National Academy of Sciences
Culver 2019-10-01
Invited to participate and present a talk at the Working Group for the West Mojave Conservation Plan. I was invited as 1 of 3 external experts on the Burrowing Owl to provide expert opinion to the Working Group which consists of representatives from city, county, state (CDFG), and federal governments (USFWS, BLM).
multi-agency
Conway 2008-06-23
Invited to lead a conference call with USFWS regional migratory bird coordinators to discuss and explain national program for standardized marsh bird surveys
Conway 2002-04-01
Invited to be member of USFWS User Acceptance Team (UAT) for designing and implementing a marsh bird monitoring program for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System.
USFWS
Conway 2005-10-01
Invited member of the Masked Bobwhite Recovery Team, an interagency team coordinated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2008-2014.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Conway 2008-12-22
Invited by USFWS to be member of the technical biological review team for Cibola National Wildlife Refuge – role was to recommend changes in management direction of the refuge
USFWS
Conway 2005-05-09
Invited by USFWS Migratory Bird Office to be member of the Steering Committee for planning an international technical workshop on marsh bird monitoring in North America and attending periodic conference calls and developing and commenting on documents to develop a continental strategy for monitoring and management of marsh birds.
USFWS
Conway 2005-10-01
Gave recommendations to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on potential mitigation measures for Burrowing Owl losses caused by developers in eastern Washington
Conway 2000-12-01
Devils Hole Pupfish advisory group. Advised operations of the new Devils Hole Pupfish facility
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Las Vegas Field Office/Sacramento Regional Office
Bonar, Feuerbacher, Chaudoin, Mapula 2009-06-01
Consulted with biologists at Arizona Game and Fish Department regarding suitable locations and appropriate designs for installation of artificial nest burrows for burrowing owls in southern Arizona.
Conway 2004-04-01
Bonar, S. A. Desert Fishes Conservation Team – Arizona Game and Fish Department – Makes recommendations to AGFD Management on Desert Fish activities statewide. Coordinates activities with other agencies. Member March 2003 to present.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar 2003-03-01
Bonar, S. A. 2008-2011. Desert Fish Scientific Advisor. U.S. Forest Service In-Stream Flow Legal Team
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar, Mercado-Silva 2008-01-15
Bonar, S. A. Devils Hole Pupfish Recovery Team – Asked to provide input to Devils Hole Pupfish recovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Park Service.
Nevada Division of Wildlife
Bonar 2007-11-20
Assisted with questions on standardized sampling in Arizona
Bonar 2003-01-01
Assisted Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists and British Columbia biologists in a collaborative assistance effort to capture burrowing owls in Washington for use in the BC captive breeding program.
Conway 2004-05-01
Assisted Washington Department of Fish and Wildife biologists and British Columbia biologists in a collaborative assistance effort to capture burrowing owls in Washington for use in the BC captive breeding program.
Conway 2003-06-01
Assisted Director of School of Renewable Natural Resources and Development Office of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with obtaining land, cabin, and endowment from a potential donor.
Conway 2003-06-01
Asked to serve on a planning committee to recommend funding priorities for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Webless Migratory Game Bird program. Organized a 3-day workshop with 30 experts from North America.
USFWS
Conway, Nadeau 2008-08-01
Asked to provide external scientific review (and recommendations) of a proposal submitted to Arizona Game and Fish Department against removing artificial water cachements for bighorn sheep throughout the state.
Conway 2001-01-01
Asked to participate in a series of conference calls by the tri-national Commission for Environmental Conservation (CEC) to make recommendations on research recommendations for Burrowing Owls.
Conway 2003-08-01
Asked to be reviewer for promotion and tenure package of Dr. C. Bradley Dabbert, Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University.
Texas Tech University
Conway 2009-09-01
Asked to be reviewer for post-professional promotion package of Dr. William R. Eddleman, Chair of the Biology Department at Southeast Missouri State University.
Southeast Missouri State University
Conway 2005-11-01
Arizona Game and Fish Department University Summit
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar 2010-06-01
Advised Salt River Project personnel on effects of introduced fishes on native fishes in the Verde River, Arizona
Bonar, Leslie, Velez 2004-01-01
Advised BLM attorneys and biologists on the effects of elevated water temperatures on fishes of the San Pedro River, Arizona
Bonar, Carveth, Widmer 2004-05-01
Accepted invitation to become a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bi-national Ocelot Recovery Team, Technical Subcommittee.
Culver 2003-02-01
AGFD Research Branch - Advised on a striped bass research project
Bonar 2004-06-01
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
Representative, Library Council, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2003-07-01 Present
Organizer - Seminar Series, School of Natural Resources and the Environment - Selected and contacted speakers for the Spring 2016 Seminar Series for the School Bonar 2015-11-01 2016-05-31
Member, Strategic Planning Committee, School of Natural Resources and Environment - Help advise director on policy for School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona Bonar 2009-01-01 Present
Member, Silliman Memorial Research Award Committee Conway 2002-01-01 2011-08-31
Member, School of Natural Resources Newsletter Committee Conway 2006-06-01 2007-07-31
Member, School of Natural Resources Laboratory Committee, University of Arizona Bonar 2001-07-01 2002-07-31
Member, School of Natural Resources Advanced Resources Technology Advisory Committee Conway 2006-07-01 2007-07-31
Member, SNR Computer Resources Committee Conway 2006-06-01 2007-07-31
Member, Recruitment and Retention Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Bonar 2003-07-01 Present
Member, Recruitment and Retention Committee, School of Natural Resources, Univ of Arizona Conway 2005-06-01 2006-06-30
Member, O'Brien Diversity Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Conway 2004-10-01 2005-06-30
Member, O'Brien Diversity Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2004-09-01 2005-06-30
Member, Newsletter Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Conway 2003-08-01 2004-08-31
Member, Natural Resources Department Policy Committee, University of Arizona Bonar 2001-07-01 2002-07-31
Member, Laboratory and Facility Resources Committee, School of Natural Resources - Provide advice to help manage schools laboratories and facilities Bonar 2016-09-01 Present
Member, Laboratory Coordination Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2004-07-01 Present
Member, Inclusive Excellence Committee, SNRE - Work together with committee of 8 faculty and grad students to ensure that gender and diversity inclusiveness is attained in all aspects of our department from recruitment and retention of students and faculty to all other activities. Culver 2016-06-01 Present
Member, Human Dimensions Curriculum Committee - Help design School of Natural Resources Human Dimensions Coursework Curricula Bonar 2016-08-01 Present
Member, Faculty Small Grant Review Committee, University of Arizona Culver 2004-09-01 2004-11-30
Member, Faculty Search Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona - review applications, meet to discuss applicants, and conduct interviews for new faculty members in the department. Culver 2005-10-01 2015-09-30
Member, Faculty Search Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Conway 2001-06-01 2001-12-31
Member, Faculty Hiring Committee - Work as part of a team to interview and provide recommendations on new faculty hire. Bonar 2015-09-01 2016-01-31
Member, Computer Resources Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Conway 2002-08-01 2003-05-31
Member, Agricultural Experiment Station Proposal Review Committee, University of Arizona Conway 2001-03-01 2001-05-31
Member, APR Self Study Committee - Prepare for UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment external review. Bonar 2016-09-01 Present
Fisheries Advisor - UA Student Wildlife and Fisheries Organization - Manage AFS activities with the student AFS members in the department. Bonar 2010-09-01 Present
Co Manager, UA Doris Duke Training Program - Help manage Doris Duke Program at the University of Arizona for underrepresented students. Manage graduate student portion of program. Bonar 2015-08-01 Present
Chair, Futures Task Force for School of Natural Resources Conway 2007-08-01 2008-08-31
Chair, Departmental Seminar Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2004-07-01 2004-12-31
Chair, Departmental Seminar Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Conway 2003-01-01 2003-05-31
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
President Elect, Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society Culver 2014-02-01 Present
Member, external review committee for Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl research Conway 2000-09-01 2000-12-31
Member, USFWS/NPS Mohave Tui Chub Recovery Team Bonar 2003-09-01 2005-10-31
Member, Technical committee for the Ocelot Recovery Team Culver 2003-02-01 Present
Member, Southern Arizona Federal Women's Program Interagency Council Culver 2005-03-01 Present
Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Conway 2005-02-01 2008-06-30
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, USGS Culver 2009-09-01 2009-09-30
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Culver 2005-02-01 2005-02-28
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Conway 2002-06-01 2002-08-31
Member, Mohave Tui Chub Recovery Team Bonar 2003-09-01 Present
Member, Marsh Bird User Acceptance Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conway 2005-10-01 2007-10-31
Member, Kanab ambersnail working group Culver 2004-01-01 Present
Member, Desert Fishes Recovery Team Bonar 2003-09-01 Present
Member, Arizona Burrowing Owl Working Group Conway 2007-03-01 2008-05-31
Member, Apache Trout Recovery Research Project Advisory Panel, AZG&F Bonar 2000-08-01 2000-08-31
Member Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Team Culver 2009-02-01 Present
Faculty Advisor, Natural Resources Graduate Student Organization Conway 2007-05-01 2011-08-31
Council Member, Wild Felid Research and Management Association Culver 2008-05-01 2013-05-31
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
Yule, J. V. 2008. Book Review: The conservation professional’s guide to working with people. Quarterly Review of Biology. March, 2008. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s, “The conservation professional’s guide to working with people”. Bonar 2009-09-20
Wrote article "The basics of sampling fish in lakes and ponds" for North American Lake Management Societies' Magazine "Lakeline". Bonar 2004-03-01
Went with Trout Unlimited representatives into a site way back in the Arizona wilderness to look at trout populations devastated by wildfires and discuss potential restoration methods. Bonar 2018-04-21
The scientist worked with a computer engineer in spring of 2004 to design a professional web site that will include a separate web page for each Unit research project and for each member of the Unit research staff. Conway 2004-05-01
The local ABC affiliate (KVEW) in Kennewick Washington produced and aired a 10-minute news story on my burrowing owl project in eastern Washington. Conway 2001-07-01
The large, multi-agency cooperative research on the effects of prescribed fire on endangered rails for which the scientist is the team leader was the front-page story for the Yuma Daily Sun on 8 March 2004. The newspaper had a reporter and a photographer come out in the field for one of the prescribed burns associated with the project and interviewed the scientist as well as other members of the team from USFWS, BLM. Conway 2004-03-01
The daily newspaper in Tucson (The Arizona Daily Star) published a feature article on my Band-tailed Pigeon project in Arizona. Conway 2002-07-01
The daily newspaper for the Tri-Cities area of eastern Washington (The Tri-City Herald) published a second front-page feature article on my burrowing owl project in eastern Washington. The article included 4 color pictures of my field crew and field methods, status of the owl in WA and in North America, and the goals of our multi-agency research project. Conway 2003-07-01
The Tri-City Herald (large newspaper serving eastern Washington) produced and ran a front-page story explaining how the scientist's research on Burrowing Owls in eastern Washington is helping state and federal land management agencies in the region better manage their lands to prevent future declines of this species of management concern (Officials to study burrowing owls: scientists surprised some birds stayed in area during the winter). The newspaper sent a reporter and a photographer out in field with the scientist's research staff for a day to get material for the story. Conway 2004-02-01
The Spokane Spokesman-Review (largest daily newspaper in Spokane, WA) picked up the front-page story on the scientist's research on Burrowing Owls from the Tri-City Herald off the AP and ran the story on 25 February 2004 Conway 2004-02-01
The Los Angeles Times published an article on the effects of the devastating wildfires on birds and birding industry in southern Arizona and included quotes from me based on my research on the effects of fire on birds in southern Arizona. Conway 2002-05-01
Streams of Mt. Graham - A video made for the USFS Coronado National Forest for Visitor Center Use. Education film with underwater videography made in streams containing Apache Trout and Gila Trout. Bonar 2016-09-20
Sponsored a visiting faculty member and his lab from the University of Washington for 3 months. Conway 2002-08-01
Sekercioglu, C. H. 2008. People skills for the conservation professional. Ecology 89(3)882-883, Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book, “The conservation professional’s guide to working with people”. Bonar 2008-09-10
Sanchez, D. M. 2008. Bonar, S. A. 2007. The conservation professional’s guide to working with people. Journal of Mammalogy, 89(3):791–792. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book. Bonar 2008-10-15
Recestar, M., and Bonar, S. A. 2008. New temperature tolerance studies on Apache trout (Oncorhynchus Apache). Fish Soup – AFS AZ/NM Chapter. Fall 2008:5. Bonar, Recsetar 2008-11-10
Presenter, Student Job Fair, American Fisheries Society Anual Meeting, Phoenix,Arizona Bonar 2001-08-01
Northwest Public Radio visited one of the scientist's study sites and did a full 6-minute story Burrowing Owl Habitat Threatened by Development on their program Morning Edition on 15 March 2004. The radio piece highlighted how the scientist's research was helping land management agencies in the region resolve problems caused by urban development. Conway 2004-03-01
Newpaper article appeared Tucson's daily newspaper (Arizona Daily Star) regarding the town of Marana's efforts to develop a Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The article was based on a interview I had with a Star reporter and the article quoted me as a expert on burrowing owls (one of the species included in the HCP). Conway 2003-08-01
Mills, Helena. 2008. The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People. Ecological Management and Restoration. 9:164. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book. Bonar 2008-09-05
Meet with Arizona's Master Gardeners and spoke about desert fishes. Bonar 2018-04-14
Life Underwater in Sabino Creek Video Presentation - Plays at Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, USFS Coronado National Forest. Education presentation and underwater videography of desert fish shot in Sabino Canyon, a popular southern Arizona recreation site. Bonar, Powers 2015-08-10
Led a half-day field trip for the Yuma Birding and Nature Festival. Conway 2001-04-20
Invited to participate in half-day workshop with Arizona Desert Museum, Sonoran Institute, National Park Service, and Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit to identify potential coordinated research projects in the region that would be of interest to all/most state and federal agencies and conservation organizations. Conway 2002-07-01
Invited to lead a half-day field trip on the lower Colorado River marshes to teach vocalizations and natural history of rails and other marsh birds for participants of the annual Yuma Birding and Nature Festival Conway 2002-04-01
Invited to give a one-hour presentation entitled "Rails, Rails, Rails" at the annual Yuma Birding and Nature Festival. Conway 2002-04-01
Interwiewed by NPR reported for a story on the carnivore study in collaboration with Grand Canyon National Park. Culver 2002-08-01
Interviewed by reporter for Living on Earth Radio Program on the topic of eastern pumas. Culver 2004-04-01
Hour presentation on rails and other marsh birds for the First Annual Yuma Birding and Nature Festival. Conway 2001-04-19
Hosted scientist from Purdue University for visit to Tucson. Coordinated nature hikes for wildlife (herps, birds, etc.) and flowers for visiting scientist. Culver 2005-04-27
Hosted scientist from Namibia for visit to Tucson. Organized departmental seminar for visiting scientist Culver 2003-10-03
Hosted 2 scientists from the Canadian Wildlife Service for visit to Tucson. Organized departmental seminar, meeting with graduate students, and field trip for their visit. Conway 2002-02-01
Heather K. Catuzo 2008. The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People Scott A. Bonar. Ecological Restoration. 26(3): 276-277; Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book. Bonar 2008-10-15
Guest speaker for the 14th Annual Fort Huachuca Track Count, hosted by the Sky Island Alliance Culver 2003-05-01
Fridgen, C. 2008. Book Review: The conservation professional’s guide to working with people. Scott A. Bonar. Environmental Practice 10:81. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book Bonar 2008-10-15
Flash Floods and Safety. A film made for the School of Natural Resources Film Festival Bonar 2015-10-10
CNN.com picked up the front-page story on the scientist's research on Burrowing Owls from the Tri-City Herald off the AP and ran the story on 25 February 2004 Conway 2004-02-01
CBS.com, CNN.com, ESPN outdoors, the Associated Press and several Arizona newspapers wrote articles on the rescue of Gila Chub from the oncoming Aspen Fire and subsequent research projects at the Unit to propagate and raise these fishes. The Gila Chub is proposed for listing as endangered. Bonar 2003-12-01
Bonar, S.A. 2009. How the California Fish and Game turned community opinion around. Island Press Author’s Blog. Discusses the Lake Davis controversy and how it was handled by the CDFG. Bonar 2009-03-01
Bonar, S.A. 2009. Don’t wait, Communicate. Island Press Author’s Blog. Discusses the importance of communication skills in Natural Resources. Bonar 2009-02-01
Bonar, S. A. 2008. Web Site: The conservation professionals guide to working with people. Available at www.workingwithpeoplebook.com Bonar 2009-01-01
Article titled "DNA and the Origins for North American Pumas" for Wild Cat News Culver 2005-10-03
Archdeacon, T. P. and S. A. Bonar. 2009. Care and spawning of the endangered Mohave tui chub in captivity. American Currents 35(2): 9-12. Bonar 2009-09-01
An editor of the national magazine "Golf Course News" visited my study site of my burrowing owl project in eastern Washington and wrote an article for their magazine on the project. Citation for article: Overbeck, A. 2002. Washington courses providing habitat for burrowing owls. Golf Course News 14:6-9. Conway 2002-08-01