Ann B. Hodgson, Ph. D., PWS Gulf Coast Ecosystem Science Coordinator / Sanctuaries Manager Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries Program 410 Ware Blvd., Ste. 702 Tampa, FL 33619 813 623-6826 Phone / 813 376-8663 Field Phone [email protected] American Oystercatcher Management in Florida.
Ann B. Hodgson, Ph. D., PWS
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Science Coordinator / Sanctuaries Manager
Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries Program
410 Ware Blvd., Ste. 702
Tampa, FL 33619
813 623-6826 Phone / 813 376-8663 Field Phone
Dr. Ann Hodgson, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Science Coordinator / Sanctuaries Manager
Tampa Bay Regional Coordinator
Project ColonyWatch Volunteers
Audubon of Florida’s organizational plan:
The Gulf Coast Region was established in 2005 as one of six Audubon of Florida organizational regions.
FCISP manages 9+ counties on the Gulf Coast, AND
The 5 historic sanctuaries in Palm Beach County.
FCISP continues (>100 yrs) as a FL colonial waterbird research center.
FCISP provides technical services to public and private cooperators.
2006 population estimate was 68 pairs/nests in Hills. Bay, FL.
Nesting concentrated on Spoil islands 2D&3D, and RTP Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary, and Apollo Beach area.
68/(850 birds/2) = 68/425 = 15+% of the Florida population.
Strong site fidelity – the same pairs nest at the same site every year; comparing nest sites inter-annually, we know that pairs come in early on the same beach sites annually; the trio always nests at the same site for the past 15 yrs.
High fecundity / pair.
Low chick survivorship.
Poor fledging success.
Photo Credits: Southwest Florida Water Management District
Photo Credit: Gandy Aerial Photography, Inc.
Photo Credit: Southwest Florida Water Management District
Adult AMOY driven off the nest by a boater
FCISP participates on the Tampa Bay regional Migratory Bird Protection Committee with agency partners (U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tampa Port Authority (TPA)).
FCISP annual conducts AMOY breeding surveys on the Gulf Coast.
The TPA is increasing the dike height 20 ft. on Spoil Island 2D.
TPA proposed to construct a ‘wildlife habitat structure’ as part of the project mitigation - FCISP recommended the site location of the ‘structure’ in front of 7 persistent AMOY territories.
The ‘structure’ will be a revetment of large rip rap, designed to attenuate high waves from large cargo ships in the shipping channel.
FCISP staff seasonally patrols AMOY breeding locations/known nesting areas, especially in Hillsborough Bay, on weekends and holidays – we have distributed 70,000 Hillsborough Bay Boaters’ Guides in the past 5 years to provide public boating education and marine conservation.
FCISP is leading the beach-nesting bird conservation committee to protect AMOY and other beach-nesters along the Gulf Coast region.
FCISP received a TPA grant to analyze 15+ years of AMOY data in Hillsborough Bay.
FCISP submitted a WCS grant to expand Project ColonyWatch and beach-nesting bird protection on the Gulf Coast region.
Tampa shipping channel –
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program
NFWF Pinellas County Environmental Fund
Tampa Port Authority
Manatee County Port Authority
Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Sarasota County Environmental Department
Hodgson, A. B., A. F. Paul, and M. Rachal. In prep. Bay Environmental Monitoring Report: Chapter 17 – Avian Conservation. Tampa Bay Estuary Program, St. Petersburg, FL.
National Audubon Society. 2006. Internet:http://audubon2.org/birds/cbc. Accessed 2Dec2006.
Photo Credit: Pat Leary
Photo Credit: Lorraine Margeson