The AMOY Working Group will hold its 18th annual meeting in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Grand Isle, the only inhabited barrier island in the state, survived Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the BP Oil Spill in 2010. It’s also a tremendous place to observe bird migration, with a beautiful tract of remnant oak/hackberry forest. Today, the island is home to around 1,500 locals, who make a living from the seafood and oil industries. More than 12,000 tourists visit the island annually to participate in fishing rodeos and enjoy the wide-open beaches and countless bird sightings.
The meeting will take place Nov. 5-8 at the LDWF Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab
QUICK REFERENCE LINKS:
November 4 – Travel day for folks attending the WIPL WG meeting on Monday
November 5 – Travel day & WIPL WG meeting
November 6-7 – AMOY WG Meetings
November 8 – Field trip
TUESDAY November 6
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome; review of agenda and meeting logistics; introductions – Jessica Schulz (USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center), Shiloh Schulte (Manomet)
9:00 am State of the AMOY report – S. Schulte
9:30 am State updates (10-15min each): high level overview of current AMOY related activities from Atlantic and Gulf Coast states
10:30 am BREAK
11:00 am State updates cont.
11:30 am Louisiana Barrier Shoreline Restoration and Wintering Birds – Delaina LeBlanc
12:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm Band/resight update – Lindsay Addison
2:00 pm 2018 Winter aerial survey – Shiloh Schulte
2:30 pm Audubon Louisiana’s coastal birds program – Erik Johnson
3:00 pm Break
4:00 pm Disturbance management – best practices working group – Walker Golder
4:30 pm Coordinated messaging for visitor access and resource protection in coastal in Virginia – Alex Wilke
5:00 pm Adjourn
6:00 pm Dinner
WEDNESDAY November 7
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Review of agenda, updates, announcements
8:45 am Opportunities for future funding and integration with NFWF/AFSI – Facilitated discussion, Shiloh Schulte
Louisiana Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife coastal bird program – Brian Hardcastle Restoration of a Remote Barrier Island and Impacts to Key Species – Jessica Schulz
10:15 am BREAK
Band re-sight records from a collaborative database reveal insights into population dynamics for a shorebird with delayed maturity – Shilo Felton
Georgia Bight coastal initiative – Abby Sterling Presentations – TBA
12:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm Review and discussion of AMOY breeding season metrics – Pam Denmon
1:45 pm Predator management BMP update – TBA
2:15 pm Breeding Season survey status and next steps – Shiloh Schulte
2:30 pm BREAK
3:00 pm Discussion: 10-year vision for the working group and 2019 priorities
3:45 pm 2018 meeting location and wrap up
4:00 pm Adjourn
6:30 pm Dinner
THURSDAY November 8
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am Field Trip
Location: several options, potential to see multiple sites… more info to come
Please RSVP HERE. This is where you sign up & pay for:
Airports – can we provide links to the airports?
Option 1: Free dormitory-style lodging is available at the LDWF lab. You’ll have access to shared bathrooms and kitchen space. (We’ll also use the kitchen for meeting snacks, so please keep it tidy.)
The price is right, but please be aware of the following policies:
Option 2: Pick your own lodging option (please make your own reservations).
There are a variety of places to stay, all with their own local character. Most establishments try to squeeze as many beds as possible into a room/rental, so they tend to be suite- or cabin-style; however, this is generally the “low” season so prices aren’t too bad, especially if you share with a friend. Some places do require security deposits, cleaning fees, etc, so if your agency doesn’t allow this be sure to ask about those details when you book your room.
Below are a few options we’ve arranged to make your search easier.
**If you are interested in sharing lodging to bring costs down, please visit our SHARED RIDES/LODGING FORUM to find potential roommates.**
There are several restaurants and a grocery store on the island, and everyone is welcome to do their own thing when it comes to meals. However, Jessica will be personally coordinating snacks & some meals for those who would prefer to avoid the hassle. Dinner on Tuesday night will be our “family” meal so we hope you will join us! Please choose which meals/snack options you want on your registration form, then pay for food via Eventbrite or send Jessica a check by October 22 (see address below). Prices include sales tax & gratuity; Eventbrite does have an additional per-meal upcharge.
Light breakfast, snacks, coffee Tues & Wed at LDWF: $10 *We expect that most of us will probably contribute to this, but if you won’t, you may opt-out on the registration form.
Field trip (Thursday Nov 8)
Meeting host team:
Jessica Schulz (chair), U.S. Geological Survey
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
978-302-1024 *For any questions or issues, please call!
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Thibodaux, LA
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Grand Chenier, LA