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Regional Workshops on Dredging, Beach Nourishment, and Bird Conservation in Coastal North America

The Corps of Engineers' Environmental Laboratory, working closely with American Bird Conservancy conducted a series of three regional workshops on integrating coastal Corps activities with bird conservation. These workshops focused on interactions between coastal engineering projects and high priority coastal birds, such as Piping Plovers, other ground-nesting birds, non-breeding shorebirds, and colonial waterbirds. Participants included ornithologists, engineers, project planners, ecologists, and regulators; bringing together representatives of many different federal, state, and local agencies and NGOs. Objectives were to expand capabilities of the Corps to contribute to bird conservation efforts, to introduce the bird conservation community to opportunities working with the Corps, and to address and hopefully reduce areas of conflict. Proceedings documents and Powerpoint presentations for these workshops will be posted below as they become available.

February 1-4, 2005. Jekyll Island, Georgia
Regional workshop on dredging, beach nourishment, and bird conservation: South Atlantic Coast- with a symposium on the wintering ecology and conservation of Piping Plovers

  • Proceedings for the Regional Workshop on Dredging, Beach Nourishment, and Birds on the South Atlantic Coast
  • Proceedings of the Symposium on the Wintering Ecology
    and Conservation of Piping Plover
  • Powerpoint Presentations

    October 25-27, 2005. Eastern Long Island, New York
    Regional workshop on dredging, beach nourishment, and bird conservation: North Atlantic Coast

  • Proceedings
  • Powerpoint Presentations

    March 14-16, 2006. Corpus Christi, Texas
    Regional workshop on building a better Gulf Coast for birds: wetland restoration, coastal dredging, beach nourishment, and bird conservation after the 2005 hurricane season

  • Agenda
  • Powerpoint Presentations

    November 7-8, 2007. Plant City, Florida
    A 2-day workshop on the Conservation and Management of Florida’s Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) held on November 7-8, 2007, at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Plant City, Florida. The workshop was facilitated by American Bird Conservancy (ABC) with assistance from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Pacific Coast Snowy Plover Recovery Lead and funded by the USFWS, Panama City Field Office.

    Meeting objectives included:

    1. Summarizing what is known about the biology of Snowy Plovers in Florida, with additional insights from more intensively studied populations on the Pacific Coast of the U.S.
    2. Reviewing the status of eastern Gulf Coast Populations (using summaries of recent surveys), and
    3. Discussing of the factors that may affect the distribution and/or reproductive success of eastern Gulf Coast Snowy Plovers (human disturbance from recreation, predation, and habitat conditions)
  • Powerpoint Presentations

    For more information contact:
    Dr. Richard Fischer, Environmental Lab ( Mr. Casey Lott, American Bird Conservancy ( (631) 470-5776

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