|Submission Date||Feb. 13, 2016|
University of Louisville
Asst Dir Phys Plant Maint
Does the institution own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance?:
A brief description of any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:
Horner Wildlife Refuge:
The University owns the Horner Conservation Property, also referred to as the Moore Observatory, which contains over 200 acres of wildlife habitat in Oldham County near Brownsboro, about 30 minutes from Belknap Campus. Details: http://www.astro.louisville.edu/moore/horner/index.html
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
The methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
Every summer for 39 years, UofL Biology professor (emeritus) and Kentucky Academy of Science member (and Past President) Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists have led volunteer citizen scientists in an annual local count for the national butterfly census. Children and adults are invited to join the count in the fields and woods of UofL's Horner Wildlife Sanctuary. Participants are given basic training and paired with more experienced individuals. The intention is to document both the biodiversity and the total number of butterflies present in an ongoing monitoring process over the years. Endangered and vulnerable species are recorded with particular interest. This data is shared with the national butterfly census in an effort to monitor species health and distribution in the face of growing environmental threats, habitat loss, and climate change.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
On July 11, 2015 UofL Biology professor emeritus and Kentucky Academy of Science member (and Past President) Charles Covell led the 39th annual Butterfly Census at and adjacent to University of Louisville’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary. More than 30 volunteers helped with the census, identifying a record 48 species and 1,495 individual butterflies. Photos: http://kyacademyofscience.net/july-11butterfly-census/
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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