The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is a non-profit membership based group that supports refuge programs in a variety of ways. The strongest partnership to the refuge, CWRS enlists and trains volunteers to support staff in every area of refuge management, with the exception of law enforcement. CWRS employs a number of specialists to recruit and train volunteers, organize events, assist in research, lead visitor programs and assist with maintenance activities. Thousands of hours are contributed to the refuge each year through CWRS.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) is a state-partnering agency with the Service. It is charged with enforcement responsibilities for migratory birds and endangered species and state trust 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, from several boat ramps located near Pea Island NWR. The Commission is a partner with the refuge, the National Park Service and the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) to monitor sea turtle nesting and protects nests and hatchlings along the Outer Banks each year.
Pea Island NWR is located within Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) which is administered by the National Park Service. The refuge and CHNS have been partners in management since the establishment of the seashore. Important areas of cooperation include monitoring of sea turtles and birds, beach access and use, consultation on issues related to the NC Highway 12 maintenance, and other management issues as they arise. Beginning in 2012, the refuge has maintained an office within the Bodie Island Park Service office building.
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 Mackay Island 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. It provides strategies for conserving and managing wintering, breeding, and migration habitat for midcontinental wood duck and colonial bird populations.
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.
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