Wild Migrations: A Comprehensive Atlas Visualizing the Science and Conservation of Ungulate Migration Corridors

Authors: James Meacham*, University of Oregon, Alethea Y. Steingisser, University of Oregon, Josie L. Imrie, University of Oregon
Topics: Cartography, Biogeography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: wildlife migration, cartography, atlas, ungulates, visualization
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Atlas cartographers team up with wildlife ecologists to map and tell visually compelling stories of the seasonal movements of Wyoming’s ungulates (including elk, deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and bison) in a new book “Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates.” This poster lays out the purpose, approach, structure, and specific topics of this comprehensive atlas.

The foundation of the atlas is an extensive collection of data driven thematic maps and graphics. As GPS-collar technology improves, wildlife ecologists are collecting immense amounts of location and time-stamped data, revealing unprecedented insight into ungulate migration. Through the synthesis of data and the design of maps and graphics, “Wild Migrations” visualizes the complexity of ungulate migration ecology with the goal of advancing understanding and conservation of Wyoming’s ungulate migrations and the landscapes they depend on. “Wild Migrations” covers the ecology and history of migration in addition to the current threats these journeys face and some of the innovative approaches being pioneered to conserve migration corridors. Topics highlighted include migration corridor assessment, stopovers, bottlenecks, and more.

This atlas project is a collaborative effort among cartographers from the University of Oregon and wildlife biologists from the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Migration Initiative.

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