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Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl Symposium had substantial contribution from Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture

Region 3, February 20, 2013

The 2013 Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl (ECNAW) symposium was a forum for scientists, managers, and students passionate about the conservation of ducks, geese, and swans. Building on success of several previous international waterfowl symposia, and after three years of preparation, Mississippi State University hosted this event in Memphis on 27-31 January. The conference theme was “Science and Conservation to Sustain Waterfowl Forever," a theme foundational to the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture.

 

The Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture (JV) is a conservation partnership working to achieve goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and other continental bird conservation efforts. JV Staff and members of the JV Science Team had a dominant presence at the ECNAW, from participating in special sessions regarding NAWMP implementation, to developing oral presentations and posters depicting outcomes from recent JV-supported projects. JV Science Staff from the East Lansing MI Office co-authored presentations, served on one panel discussion, and participated in many smaller associated professional meetings during the five-day gathering. Findings of research projects funded by the JV were presented by graduate students and other science partners; the poster presentation judged “Best Masters Student Poster” was by a Michigan State University Student for a diving distribution and abundance project financed by the JV (poster co-authored by MI DNR and JV staff).

Following the most significant revision to the NAWMP since its inception over 25 years ago, symposium participants had lots of exposure to the 2012 version of the plan. There were multiple opportunities to discuss background and need for new conservation approaches, plus brain-storm regarding actions to achieve the plan’s fundamental goals:

Goal 1: Abundant and resilient waterfowl populations to support hunting and other uses without imperiling habitat.

Goal 2: Wetlands and related habitats sufficient to sustain waterfowl populations at desired levels, while providing places to recreate and ecological services that benefit society.

Goal 3: Growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.

JV staff members helped develop the 2012 NAWMP and will be central in implementing the plan within the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes region. For more information regarding the ECNAW, visit www.northamericanducksymposium.org. For more information about the JV partnership and JV Conservation Plans, visit www.UpperMissGreatLakesJV.org.
 

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov