During Phase 1 of this project, we plan to 1) determine characteristics of AMOY foraging and roosting habitat in the Big Bend, 2) determine the most resilient places to perform habitat restoration and enhancement, and 3) develop a habitat restoration plan in concert with interested management agencies and stakeholder groups. In Phase 2, which will follow the completion of Phase 1 in 2012, we plan to 4) perform the restoration, and 5) monitor responses of AMOY and restored habitat. The use of a phased approach allows for the uncertainties in location and type of restoration activities, which will be addressed through Phase 1 activities and activities associated with an ongoing oyster research project. The study design of phase 2 depends too much on the results of Phase 1 and the concurrent project on oyster reef dynamics to be accurately developed at the moment. Here, we describe proposed activities and products for Phase 1 and, in less detail, project the likely goals and activities for Phase 2.
Objectives of Phase 1:
Objectives of Phase 2 (to be submitted in 2012):
Florida Shorebird Alliance— In an effort to coordinate and expand coverage of shorebirds and seabirds in Florida, the Florida Shorebird Alliance (FSA) was created. The Florida Shorebird Alliance facilitates collaboration among agencies and organizations conducting long-term monitoring of shorebirds and seabirds across Florida. It provides a central location for data entry, compilation, and storage. The FSA is organized into regional partnerships that work locally to ensure important shorebird and seabird sites are surveyed and monitored. Information can be found at: www.flshorebirdalliance.org.
Florida Shorebird Database—The Florida Shorebird Database serves as a central repository for data collected on shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. It is an online database that allows users to submit and manage observations from monitoring beach-nesting shorebirds and seabirds, including American Oystercatchers. The database was launched in Spring 2011. These data are available online at: www.flshorebirddatabase.org.
Origin and Distribution of American Oystercatchers Wintering in Dixie, Levy and Citrus Counties in Florida (download PDF).
2012-present: Duplicate red bands with white vertical code (two white engraved vertically-stacked, horizontally-oriented letters/numbers) on upper legs
2004 – 2011: Duplicate red bands with white horizontal code (two white engraved horizontally-oriented letters/numbers) on upper legs