Pre-Conference Survey

SPECIAL SESSION: PLANNING RESTORATION FOR SEA DUCK POPULATIONS INJURED IN COASTAL OIL SPILLS

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Background

Oil spills in coastal areas impact sea duck populations via direct loss of birds or indirectly through impacts to habitats and food resources. However, very few restoration actions have been identified for sea duck populations. In the wake of the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco and other major coastal spills, we have a pressing need to develop effective post-spill restoration actions that specifically benefit sea ducks.

On Tuesday, 7 February 2017, we will convene the 6th International Sea Duck Conference at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, CA. As the largest gathering of sea duck ecologist in the world, we have proposed a Special Session on Planning Restoration for Sea Duck Populations Injured in Coastal Oil Spills.

Please help us by responding to a few quick questions below to improve the session and generate ideas for potential restorations that would benefit sea ducks. We plan to publish the findings to help catalyze restoration projects that implement appropriate actions for sea duck recovery.

 (Please note: projects are not limited to the United States, can include conservation easements for habitats in imminent danger, and should focus on post-spill restoration.)

 You do not have to be present at the conference to participate in the conversation. Please use this form to send in your comments or email seaduckconference@gmail.com

 

  If you had substantial funding for several years…

 

  1. What actions would you take to restore or offset losses to sea duck populations? Specifically for eiders and scoters, but also open to other species like long-tails, goldeneyes, buffleheads, harlequins that are also injured in coastal oil spills. 

 

  1. When and where do you think restoration activities would be most effective and have the greatest impact on increasing populations? Consider factors such as demographic bottlenecks, differences in life history strategies and limiting habitats, density dependence and benefits to survival and body condition.

 

  1. What restoration actions have you seen implemented that benefit sea ducks? Why do you think these actions were successful? Include factors that contributed to success.

 

  1. What indicators could be used to monitor success of sea duck restoration activities? Ex: Population level responses, linkages between habitat improvements and demographics or indicators (e.g. body condition).