Wildlife Conservation and Management

The Wildlife section of the Division of Fish and Wildlife works to conserve and manage the terrestrial wildlife resources of our islands through a variety of locally and federally funded projects. Much of the federal funding comes from the Wildlife Restoration Program of US Fish and Wildlife.

Division wildlife biologists conduct research and provide data and reports on wildlife species that informs both scientists and policymakers on the status of species and the effectivenes of conservation and management efforts. They also look for new and emerging technologies that can be applied to wildlife conservation.

Key projects are outlined below.

Tropical Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Program
(Rufous Fantail, Rhipidura rufifrons)

The Tropical Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (TMAPS) Program is an ongoing program established in 2008 by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Institute for Bird Populations to provide baseline data on trends, vital rates, and habitat of a number of Saipan's indigenous bird species.

Understanding population, behavioral and reproductive dynamics of Saipan's landbirds is urgent because of the numerous threats faced by such populations, many of which have already gone extinct or are highly endangered.

The goals of the project are to:

Six TMAPS sites for monitoring and survying landbirds have been established on Saipan. The program focuses on four species of landbirds; Egigi (Micronesian Myzomela), Naabak (Rufous Fantail), Nosa' (Bridled White-eye), and Canario (Golden White-eye).

Project Documents

Mariana Avifauna Conservation Project
Fanihi (Mariana Fruit Bat) Monitoring
Avian Monitoring on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota
Effects of Disturbance to Nightingale Reed-warbler Habitat Use
Shearwater Conservation Program
Disease and Threat Surveillance and Response
Technical Guidance