Stewardship of Coastal Alabama Beach Nesting Bird Habitat
State of Alabama
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
This project will expand on ongoing work and projects in coastal Alabama by reducing human disturbance to and predation of nests and chicks of coastal nesting bird species injured by the DWH oil spill, thereby potentially increasing productivity of those species. These techniques have been identified by the Deepwater Horizon Trustees in the Strategic Framework for Bird Restoration Activities. This 3-year project will complement the work of similar initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The program will consist of five components that will work together to reduce stressors that affect coastal bird populations and to provide information in support of future restoration decision-making. Specific activities and target locations may vary from year to year based on several factors including, but not limited to: where nesting occurs, where evidence of stressors is detected, what management activities are most successful at each area, and where project implementers are able to gain access. (Some nesting areas may be located on private property and would require authorization from landowners to access). Prior to the second year’s nesting season, project implementers will consult with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to identify target sites and actions based on previous data, lessons learned, and other information. This plan will include other potential geographic focus areas and restoration activities based on previously collected data.