- Reviewing wetland protection, restoration and management regulations and permitting processes to streamline the planning and development of conservation actions.
- Restoring tidal wetland hydrology and key habitat (e.g., submerged aquatic vegetation, wetlands, marshland and riparian buffers) on black duck wintering, migrating and breeding grounds.
- Using long-term protection actions (e.g., conservation easements, cooperative agreements or leases) to protect key black duck habitat.
- Tracking predator management programs that may benefit wintering or breeding black duck populations.
- Evaluating the effects of hybridization and disease transmission from captive-bred released waterfowl.
July – December 2016
- Developing a decision support tool to estimate habitat needs and map target habitat areas for black ducks wintering in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and across the Atlantic Flyway, using this tool to determine the best places to manage, enhance and/or restore wetlands for wintering, migrating or breeding black ducks.
- Completing energetics models for several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuges and forecasting the potential loss of habitat from sea-level rise and development in order to define food availability for black ducks and understand food availability changes.
- Keeping local officials engaged and informed.