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Plan Title Plan Stage Plan Lead Region (FWS) Plan Lead Office (FWS) Species Common Name Species Scientific Name Action Priority Action Number Action Description Action Status Estimated Initiation Date Estimated Completion Date Action Lead Agencies Responsible Parties Work Types Labor Types Comments Implementation Activity Number Implementation Activity Description Implementation Activity Status Implementation Activity Estimated Initiation Date Implementation Activity Estimated Completion Date Implementation Activity Labor Types Implementation Activity Work Types Implementation Activity Responsible Parties Implementation Activity Comments Implementation Activity Species
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.1.1 Monitor distribution and abundance in Texas. Ongoing Current FY 2005 Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Research: Population Surveys Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b 1.1.1-1 Texas Parks and Wildlife conducted monitoring studies of the Devil's River in November, 2011, and have developed a long-term plan to monitor the abundance and distribution of the species across its range. Ongoing Current 2012 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.1.1 Monitor distribution and abundance in Texas. Ongoing Current FY 2005 Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Research: Population Surveys Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b 1.1.1-2 Study completed as part of section 6 grant E-115-R, titled "Response of Devils River Minnow and other fish in Pinto Creek, Kinney County, Texas during a severe drought. Complete 2009 2014 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected ABSTRACT--We collected Devils River Minnow (Dionda diaboli) from an isolated population in the headwaters of Pinto Creek (Kinney County) during 2009-2011. We seined, and collected water quality and habitat data, at 19 sites to learn where D. diaboli occurred, its relative abundance, and its fish and habitat associations. We captured 8,619 fish of eleven species. The dominant species were Gambusia speciosa (54%), Astyanax mexicanus (28%), Herichthys cyanoguttatus (5%), and Micropterus salmoides (4%). Lepomis spp. made up 5% of the fish captured. Densities of D. diaboli were lower than historical. We captured 105 adult and 100 juvenile D. diaboli. The headwaters were a series of disjunct habitats for much of the period of study due to drought. We collected D. diaboli at seven locations: six pools and one run just upstream of one of the pools. All fish were found in locations with thick Chara sp. and low flow (<0.1 m/s). It is unclear whether our data reflect habitat preference or contraction of this population into the available habitat. By July 2011, because of continued severe drought conditions, the headwaters where our study sites were located were reduced to two pools. One pool had a surface area of about 30 m2; the other had a surface area of about 860 m2. These remaining pools were shallow (~0.5 m), turbid, and had no vegetation. We did not find D. diaboli within either pool. The current range contraction places D. diaboli at higher risk. It will be important to see if D. diaboli can persist downstream and naturally re-establish once conditions improve. J. WARREN SCHLECHTE* AND B. PAUL FLEMING Texas Parks and Wildlife, Heart of the Hills Fisheries Science Center 5103 Junction Highway, Mountain Home, TX 78058
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.1.2 Assess distribution and abundance in Mexico. Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Research: Population Surveys Contract Action priority 1b. Provided Section 6 funding this year.
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.1.3 Assess and monitor threats to Texas and Mexico populations. Ongoing Current FY 2005 Other Mexico, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Research: Habitat Status Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.2.2 Study reproductive variables. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b 1.2.2-1 Study conducted under section 6 grant E-115-R titled "Reproductive and feeding ecology of two sympatric Dionda (Cyprinidae) in the Rio Grande Basin, Texas." Complete 2009 2014 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected Abstract: The genus Dionda consists of at least 12 species, all of which inhabit groundwater-dominated streams within the western Gulf slope drainages of North America but with some slight differences in habitat preferences. The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of spring or river habitat selection on reproductive characters and feeding of two sympatric Dionda in the Devils River (TX) and between two Dionda diaboli populations taken from riverine habitats in the Devils River and from spring habitats in Pinto Creek (TX). The two species and three populations of Dionda were short lived (<3 years of age), produced multiple batches of oocytes in a spawning season, and primarily consumed algae and amorphous detritus. Dionda diaboli, which were taken from riverine habitats in the Devils River but were constrained to spring habitats in Pinto Creek, had a life span of 1 to 2 years and a six month spawning season. Individuals taken from Pinto Creek generally had narrower diet breadths, consumed more amorphous detritus, had a higher trophic position, and spawned earlier than those taken from river habitats in the Devils River. Dionda argentosa, which were taken from spring habitats in the Devils River, had a longer life span, higher growth rates, a more protracted spawning season (8 to 12 months), and intermediate diet breadths when compared to the two populations of D. dionda. Differences in reproductive characters between the spring and river Dionda species were consistent with theory that stenothermal waters of springs lack terminating cues to induce gonadal quiescence in fishes. However, a protracted spawning season was not observed in D. diaboli taken from springs of Pinto Creek. This suggests that protracted spawning is an adaptive trait, but findings were inconclusive in that low spring outflows in Pinto Creek produced more riverine-type environments rather than the more stenothermal environments normally associated with spring habitats. Likewise, differences in diets between the two populations of D. diaboli were attributed to low spring outflows and declining environmental conditions within Pinto Creek Sarah M. McMillan and Timothy H. Bonner Department of Biology/Aquatic Station Texas State University-San Marcos
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.2.6 Study effects of aquatic non-native species. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Research: Management Techniques, Research: Competition Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Action priority 1b. Funded by TPWD through the State Wildlife Grant.
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.3.3 Determine relationships of stream flow and habitat availability. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b 1.3.3-1 Study completed as part of section 6 grant E-115-R, titled "Response of Devils River Minnow and other fish in Pinto Creek, Kinney County, Texas during a severe drought." J. WARREN SCHLECHTE* AND B. PAUL FLEMING Texas Parks and Wildlife, Heart of the Hills Fisheries Science Center 5103 Junction Highway, Mountain Home, TX 78058 Complete 2009 2014 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected ABSTRACT--We collected Devils River Minnow (Dionda diaboli) from an isolated population in the headwaters of Pinto Creek (Kinney County) during 2009-2011. We seined, and collected water quality and habitat data, at 19 sites to learn where D. diaboli occurred, its relative abundance, and its fish and habitat associations. We captured 8,619 fish of eleven species. The dominant species were Gambusia speciosa (54%), Astyanax mexicanus (28%), Herichthys cyanoguttatus (5%), and Micropterus salmoides (4%). Lepomis spp. made up 5% of the fish captured. Densities of D. diaboli were lower than historical. We captured 105 adult and 100 juvenile D. diaboli. The headwaters were a series of disjunct habitats for much of the period of study due to drought. We collected D. diaboli at seven locations: six pools and one run just upstream of one of the pools. All fish were found in locations with thick Chara sp. and low flow (<0.1 m/s). It is unclear whether our data reflect habitat preference or contraction of this population into the available habitat. By July 2011, because of continued severe drought conditions, the headwaters where our study sites were located were reduced to two pools. One pool had a surface area of about 30 m2; the other had a surface area of about 860 m2. These remaining pools were shallow (~0.5 m), turbid, and had no vegetation. We did not find D. diaboli within either pool. The current range contraction places D. diaboli at higher risk. It will be important to see if D. diaboli can persist downstream and naturally re-establish once conditions improve.
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.3.4 Determine stream flows needed for habitat maintenance. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.3.6 Investigate regional hydrogeology. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Universities, Texas Nature Conservancy , Texas Water Development Board Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.4.1 Seek and maintain the cooperation of landowners and government agencies. Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service All partners and stakeholders Other Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance, Internal Administrative Action priority 1a; Austin ESFO
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.4.2 Ensure protection for certain stream segments and their watersheds. Not Started Other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Nature Conservancy , Local Partners, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1a
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.4.3 Develop and implement groundwater management plans for stream flow protection. Not Started Other Local Partners, Texas Water Development Board Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1a
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.4.4 Monitor stream flows. Not Started Other International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Water Development Board Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.4.5 Monitor existing physical and chemical habitats. Not Started Other Mexico, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.4.7 Reduce pollutants. Not Started Other Texas Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Local Partners, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1a; costs not defined for FY 2005 - 2014
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.5 Establish and implement procedures to prevent introduction of exotic species and control problem exotic species. Not Started Other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Local Partners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1a; costs not defined for FY 2005 - 2014
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.6 Develop a recovery strategy for Mexican populations. Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management: Planning Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Administrative Action priority 1b
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 1.7 Assess effectiveness of recovery management actions. Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mexico, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Research: General Internal Administrative Action priority 1b; Austin ESFO
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 2.1 Develop landowner agreements to reintroduce in former site(s) of occurrence. Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Local Partners Management: Reintroduction Internal Administrative Action priority 1b; Austin ESFO
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 2.2.1 Assess future spring flows at reintroduction site(s). Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Universities, Texas Water Development Board Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b; costs not defined for FY 2007 - 2014
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 2.2.2 Ensure adequate water quality protection at reintroduction site(s). Not Started Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Local Partners, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b; costs not defined for FY 2005 - 2014
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 2.2.3 Develop and implement stream channel restoration projects at reintroduction site(s), if necessary. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Local Partners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1b; costs not defined for FY 2005 - 2014
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 2.3 Develop and implement a reintroduction plan. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Nongovernmental Organizations , Local Partners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected Action priority 1a
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 3.1 Develop and implement a genetics management plan. Ongoing Current FY 2006 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Management: Other, Management: Planning Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Administrative Action priority 1b; San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center 3.1-1 A draft Genetics Manangement and Monitoring Plan has been developed by the San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center in conjunction with the Texas Fish and Wildlife Coordination Office. Ongoing Current 2012 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 1 3.2 Maintain captive populations in at least two appropriate facilities. Ongoing Current FY 2005 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Nongovernmental Organizations Management: Propagation Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance Action priority 1a: San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center 3.2-1 The San Antonio Zoo was recently approved as the second location for a captive refugia population, as required under the current recovery plan. Devils River minnows from the Pinto Creek population were collected and transported to the zoo for establishment of and propagation of the population Ongoing Current 2013 Labor type not yet selected Work type not yet selected The FWS' Texas Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in San Marcos has lead for most activities related to establishment and maintenance of this population at the San Antonio Zoo. However, the Austin ES office maintains responsibilty for 10(a)(1)(A) permit compliance and issues.
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 2 1.1.4 Evaluate geographic variation in the species' genetic structure. Ongoing Current FY 2005 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Research: Genetics Species Expert, Internal Technical Assistance, Internal Field Assistance San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 2 1.2.1 Study competition with coexisting species. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 2 1.2.3 Investigate predation by other species. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 2 1.2.4 Determine early life history characteristics and survivorship. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 2 1.3.1 Determine physical habitat preferences. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 2 1.3.2 Determine chemical habitat preferences and tolerances (water quality). Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 2 1.4.6 Restore and enhance habitat conditions. Not Started Other Mexico, Texas Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Nature Conservancy , Natural Resources Conservation Service , Local Partners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected costs not defined for FY 2005 - 2014
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 3 1.2.5 Investigate disease and parasites. Not Started Other U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Universities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 3 1.3.5 Study effects of riparian management strategies. Not Started Other Texas Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Agricultural Extension Service , Natural Resources Conservation Service , Local Partners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 3 4.1 Develop an outreach strategy. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 3 4.2 Prepare and distribute information pamphlet. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 3 4.3 Produce and maintain an outreach website. Not Started Other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Nongovernmental Organizations Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 3 4.4 Construct an informational kiosk for the City of Del Rio on San Felipe Creek. Not Started Other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Local Partners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected
Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan F 2 Austin Ecological Services Field Office (512) 490-0057 Devils River minnow Dionda diaboli 3 5.1 Develop a post-delisting monitoring plan for the Devils River minnow Not Started U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Local Partners Work type not yet selected Labor type not yet selected