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Georgia BCR 27

Georgia BCR 27

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Shorebird monitoring plan
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06/14/2009

 
A Plan for Monitoring Shorebirds During the Non-breeding Season inBird Monitoring Region Georgia - BCR 27
Prepared by: Sandy Chan,
Version *.*2003Updated 20081
 
Table of Contents
Site Descriptions ..........................................................................................................................8Little Tybee Island Natural Heritage Preserve .........................................................................8Wassaw NWR ...........................................................................................................................10Ossabaw Island Natural Heritage Preserve ................................................................................12St. Catherine’s Island and St. Catherine’s Island Bar Natural Area ...........................................14Blackbeard Island NWR and Sapelo Island ...............................................................................16Site 1: Blackbeard Island NWR .............................................................................................17Site 2: Sapelo Island ..............................................................................................................19Altamaha River Delta ...............................................................................................................21Site 1: Wolf Island NWR .......................................................................................................23Site 2: Little Egg Island Bar ...................................................................................................24Site 3: Little St. Simon’s Island ............................................................................................26Jekyll Island ...............................................................................................................................28Andrews Island ..........................................................................................................................30Cumberland Island National Seashore .......................................................................................32
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Figure 1. Conceptual framework for integrated bird monitoring............................................3Figure 2. Shorebird Planning and Bird Conservation Regions in Canada and the UnitedStates...............................................................................................................................................4Figure 3. PRISM sites in BCR 13, 14, 30, 27, and 31...............................................................5Table 1. Focal shorebird species for BCR 27..............................................................................7
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Introduction
The bird conservation initiatives - waterbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds and landbirds - arecooperating to design a comprehensive “integrated bird monitoring” (IBM) program for Canadaand the United States. The conceptual framework for IBM (Fig. 1) includes strong emphasis ondetecting species at risk and helping to protect them. These broad goals are achieved byestimating population trends and defining requirements for viable populations. These objectivesin turn are accomplished by population modeling based on population levels, demographic ratesand habitat information. Population trends are estimated by surveying breeding populationswhenever possible, and by surveying the species for which this is not feasible at other times of year. Surveys of all species are made throughout the year to help identify and monitor use of suitable habitat.
Figure 1.
Conceptual framework for integrated bird monitoring.3

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