Partnerships

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The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.


Currituck National Wildlife Refuge partners with:

The Friends of Mackay Island is a membership organization that supports the work of both Mackay Island and Currituck NWRs through volunteer recruitment and activities, grant solicitation and the raising of public awareness. The mission of the Friends is “to provide outstanding support to help Mackay Island and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges fulfill their duties for conservation management, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and habitats.”  In addition, the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (CWRS) is a traditional Friends Group that supports the refuge along with the other 5 refuges that make up the North Carolina Coastal Plain Refuge Complex.  CWRS provides staff at the Complex Visitor Center in Manteo where Currituck is featured along with the other refuges in interpretive displays and information distribution.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund (Fund) and Advisory Board which is composed of two citizen representatives and representatives from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Fund has developed a Currituck Wild Horse Management Plan to guide the management of this species.  The Service is studying the effects of horses on refuge habitats and information gathered will be available to inform revisions of the wild horse management plan.  This Board produced the Wild Horse Management Agreement in December, 2014.

 

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is a state-partnering agency with the Service charged with enforcement responsibilities for migratory birds and endangered species, as well as managing the state’s natural resources. It also manages approximately 1.8 million acres of game lands in North Carolina.  The Commission coordinates the state’s wildlife conservation program and provides public recreation opportunities, including an extensive hunting and fishing program, on several game lands and from several boat ramps located near Currituck National Wildlife Refuge.

 

The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture (ACJV) is a partnership of federal, regional and state agencies and organizations focused on the conservation of habitat for native bird species in the Atlantic Flyway of the United States from Maine south to Puerto Rico. The joint venture was originally formed as a regional partnership focused on the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). It steps down continental and regional waterfowl population and habitat goals from the NAWMP 2004 Update to the ACJV area, presents habitat conservation goals and population indices for the ACJV, provides current status assessments for waterfowl and their habitats in the joint venture, and updates focus area narratives and maps for each state. The ACJV is strongly committed to conserving the 41 species of native waterfowl occurring in the U.S. portion of the Atlantic Flyway.

 

The Partners in Flight (PIF) Conservation Plan (Continental Plan) established criteria for setting a Continental Population Objective for each high priority landbird species.  Restoration of migratory songbirds populations is a high priority for the PIF Plan for the South Atlantic Physiographic Region, which Currituck NWR falls within. Habitat loss, population trends, and the vulnerability of species to threats are all factors used in the priority ranking of species. Further, biologist from local offices of the Service, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, and conservation organizations such as the Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy have helped to identify focal species for each habitat type from which they will determine population and habitat objectives and conservation actions. This information on focal species, objectives, and conservation actions will aid migratory bird management on the Refuge.

 

The United States Shorebird Conservation Plan and the Waterbirds for the Americas outline approaches to conserving those species groups. Restoration of migratory songbird populations is a high priority of the Partners in Flight Plan. It also provides strategies for conserving and managing wintering, breeding, and migration habitat for midcontinental wood duck and colonial bird populations. The Partners in Flight Plan emphasizes landbird species as a priority for conservation. Habitat loss, population trends, and the vulnerability of species and habitats to threats are all factors used in the priority ranking of species. Further, biologists have identified focal species for each habitat type from which they will determine population and habitat objectives and conservation actions. This list of focal species, objectives, and conservation actions will aid migratory bird management on the refuge.

 

The Black Duck Joint Venture (BDJV) was formed in 1989 to help determine population trends and to identify the important factors responsible for this change, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the security of the black duck throughout its range. The mission of the BDJV is to implement and coordinate a cooperative population monitoring, research, and communications program to provide information required to manage black ducks and restore numbers to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) goal of 640,000 breeding birds in the original breeding ground survey area.