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Webinar: Caribbean Seabird Request for Proposals

September 15, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm


As part of its Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program, the Department of the Interior (DOI) is conducting ongoing restoration planning to help restore injuries to birds caused by the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A number of bird species injured by the DWH spill forage in the Gulf of Mexico, but use areas within the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas, or Caribbean as their closest breeding area. To help maximize efficiencies in restoration planning and implementation, DOI is evaluating potentials to restore these species by implementing actions in this region. As part of that effort, a Request for Proposals was opened on September 2, 2016 to receive input regarding potential opportunities to restore bird species injured by the spill which nest in the Caribbean region.

Of the 93 species documented injured by the DWH spill, 8 have been identified as species which could benefit from targeted restoration in the Caribbean region: (1) Audubon’s Shearwater; (2) Sooty Tern; (3) Magnificent Frigatebird
Bridled Tern; (4) Masked Booby; (5) Brown Noddy; (6) White-tailed Tropicbird; and (7) Brown Booby. Specific actions targeting the restoration of these species will be considered. The estimated losses will serve as a guide for scaling funding for restoration actions. DOI will consider several factors in evaluating restoration proposals, including those outlined in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) regulations within the Oil Pollution Act (15 CFR § 990.54).

On Thursday, September 15th, 2016 Brian Spears, USFWS Restoration Program Manager with the DWH NRDAR Field Office, presented a webinar to describe this funding opportunity in more detail and how proposals will be evaluated. He answered questions to facilitate project submission and explore ways to link the projects to a larger, comprehensive Caribbean bird strategy being advocated for by BirdsCaribbean, Island Conservation, the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and others. See ppt of the presentation below.

For more information, contact Brian Spears at brian_spears@fws.gov, (251) 928-9765.


Did you miss the webinar? View the YouTube video of a follow-up webinar held one week later, hosted by our partners at Island Conservation.

Presentation used on September 15, 2016 (by Brian Spears, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service):

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