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Advancing Black Rail Conservation Along the Atlantic Coast

Black Rail. Brian Tang The Black Rail (BLRA) is a highly secretive marsh bird believed by researchers to be one of the most endangered birds along the Atlantic Coast. The species once occupied coastal areas from Texas to Massachusetts but has experienced steep annual declines across their breeding range since the 1990s. Conservative [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Initiatives, Species|

Natural Resources Conservation Service Focus on Black Duck

  In 2016 the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service  (NRCS) expanded its successful ‘Working Lands for Wildlife” (WLFW) program from its initial seven species nationwide, to include eleven new projects.  WLFW projects focus on declining species that have needs compatible with agricultural practices and rural land management and that can benefit from conservation on private [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Habitat Restoration, Species|

Coordinated Conservation for Saltmarsh Sparrow

  Setting a Population Objective for Saltmarsh Sparrow Drives Coordinated Conservation For each of our flagship species, we aim to create population objectives tied to habitat objectives. Having such objectives makes it easier for partners to understand their piece of the conservation equation and to coordinate efforts and measure success against a common goal. In [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Initiatives, Species|

ACJV Releases Black Duck Decision Support Tool

  The ACJV and partners (Black Duck Joint Venture [BDJV], Ducks Unlimited [DU] and University of Massachusetts) with funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust recently completed a Decision Support Tool (DST) to  help guide conservation efforts for Black Duck. The DST identifies watersheds that do not have enough food energy to support population goals of [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Research, Species|

American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher is a noticeable shorebird if you are lucky enough to see one along the Atlantic Coast. It’s a boldly colored bird that uses it’s bright orange beak to feed on oysters. Many can be found year-round in the mid and south Atlantic but when they migrate they travel to the Caribbean. ACJV staff [...]

By |October 27th, 2014|Species|

American Black Duck

Black Duck were once the most abundant species in eastern North America. Often mistaken for a female Mallard, their once hearty populations declined steeply between the 1950’s and mid-1980’s. Habitat loss and degradation along the Atlantic Coast, acid rain, and competition with introduced Mallards have been major concerns, though restrictions on hunting in the 1980s [...]

By |October 26th, 2014|Species|

Painted Bunting

The Painted Bunting is like a flying rainbow. A fairly common finch in coastal and south-central U.S., their bright colors make them attractive for illegal trade in their wintering grounds of south Florida, the Caribbean and, Mexico. This illegal activity puts tremendous pressure on their population. A recent rangewide survey of this bunting indicates that [...]

By |October 25th, 2014|Species|

Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a beautiful sight with it’s yellow-orange head and breast and gray wings. It’s found in southern-wooded swamps and winters in Central and South America. ACJV staff and partners work to protect large tracts of forested wetlands in the Southeastern US, e.g., through the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants Program. [...]

By |October 25th, 2014|Species|

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret have a large range across the southern portions of the U.S. but their habitat is restricted to a small belt of coastal habitat. They are the least common heron species but stalk their prey in a similar manner. Their pursuit is akin to dancing as they leap, jump and spin before catching dinner. [...]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Species|

Semipalmated Sandpiper

The Semipalmated Sandpiper is one of the more common “peeps” we see along the Atlantic Coast. Shorebird populations as a whole show a significant decline and without immediate cooperative conservation efforts, the outlook is grim. ACJV staff and partners work together to implement the strategies outline in the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Conservation Business Strategy. The [...]

By |October 21st, 2014|Species|