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Building International Capacity for Seabird Conservation

The thousands of islands in the Caribbean and Bahamas provide critical nesting and roosting habitat for seabirds


April 2011 - December 2012


The coastal wetlands and islands of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico and the surrounding marine areas provide essential habitats for migratory and resident waterbirds (seabirds, shorebirds and waterfowl) and many other birds. They are increasingly threatened by coastal development, sea-level rise and invasive species, amongst other threats. The impacts of these threats were compounded by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, which affected aquatic birds directly through oiling and indirectly through damage to breeding habitats and feeding grounds. The goal of this project is to compensate for lethal and sublethal damages to Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico seabird/waterbird meta-populations and their habitats caused by the DWH oil spill by building long-term, in-country capacity to address threats and effectively manage and conserve species and habitats. We will (1) implement immediate conservation projects at high-priority sites that also will serve as demonstration projects for a later capacity-building training workshop, (2) train key individuals (including protected area managers, scientists, and their partners who will themselves implement projects and act as trainers) during a multi-day capacity-building workshop, (3) support trained individuals by developing and implementing projects (to be supported by a small grants program) as well as long-term funding proposals. These activities will mitigate the effects of the DWH and permanently increase the capacity to address other short and long-term threats. The main activities will focus on assisting local practitioners to implement practical conservation activities addressing regional priority needs.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1949

Presentations: 4261



Funding Agencies

  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey