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Title: Summary of first regional workshop on dredging, beach nourishment, and birds on the south Atlantic coast
Authors: Guilfoyle, Michael P.
Fischer, Richard A., Jr., 1964-
Pashley, David N.
Lott, Casey A.
Keywords: Birds--Conservation
Real property
Geographic information systems
Dredging Operations and Environmental Research Program (U.S.)
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/EL TR-06-10
Abstract: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) organized a workshop on February 1-4, 2005 at Jekyll Island, Georgia. The primary goal of the workshop was to disseminate information on the beneficial use of dredged material deposition along the South Atlantic Coast for the purpose of habitat improvement, management, and conservation of colonial and non-colonial waterbirds and shorebirds. This region involves the operations of five Corps Districts including the Jacksonville, Florida, Wilmington, North Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, Districts. The workshop was characterized by a series of presentations from numerous Federal, state, and conservation organizations actively involved in the monitoring and managing of dredged material deposition for the beneficial use of habitat improvement for birds and other wildlife species. The workshop began with several presentations that identified birds of conservation concern and their habitat relationships along the Atlantic Coast (Session I). The presentations then focused on the impacts of beach nourishment (Sessions II-VI), and the use of dredged material islands by colonial and non-colonial waterbird and shorebird species (Session V). The final Session (Session VI) focused on the importance of small and regional-scale monitoring efforts, and available resources to access databases and general information on coastal bird conservation. In general, the presentations highlighted the status of current efforts to promote bird conservation in Corps operations, and emphasized areas where improvements can be made. These areas include: 1) Identification of important inlets and other areas for birds along the Atlantic Coast; 2) Link current conservation of birds in the South Atlantic Coast District regions with regional bird conservation plans already developed; 3) Improve data acquisition, database storage and accessibility; 4) Engage local communities to promote conservation alongside of recreational and economic interests; and 5) Improve our abilities to integrate issues of scale, including local, regional and national impacts of Corps activities on the conservation of many waterbirds and shorebird populations.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/EL TR-06-10
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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