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Enhanced Management of Avian Breeding Habitat Injured by Response Activities in the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and Mississippi

Implementing Organization

State of Florida; US Department of the Interior

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$4,658,118

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Birds / Bird Habitat

Project Description

This project reduced disturbance to nesting and foraging habitat for beach-nesting birds in the project areas. The project involved three tasks: 1) Placing symbolic fencing (signs and posts connected with rope) around sensitive nesting sites of beach-nesting birds to indicate the site as off-limits to people, pets, and other sources of disturbance; 2) Increasing predator control to reduce disturbance and loss of eggs, chicks, and adult beach-nesting birds at nesting sites; and 3) Increasing surveillance and monitoring of posted nesting sites to minimize disturbance to nesting habitat in posted areas. The project was implemented in the following Florida counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin. In Alabama, the project was implemented on Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin and Mobile Counties. In Mississippi, the project was implemented on Gulf Islands National Seashore - Mississippi District.

Contact

Pearce Barrett
(850) 245-2106
pearce.barrett@dep.state.fl.us
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and the status of projects, see https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/

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