Comprehensive framework for ecological assessment of the migratory bird habitat initiative following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Davis, B., J.; Webb, E.; Kaminski, R., M.; Barbour, P., J.; and Vilella, F., J. Southeastern Naturalist, 13(4):G66-G81, 2014.
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Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April\n2010, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) established\nand funded the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), with the goal\nof improving and increasing wetland habitats on private lands to benefit\nwintering and migrating waterbirds displaced from oil-impacted coastal\nwetlands. The NRCS and conservation partners provided financial and\ntechnical assistance to landowners and managers of sites enrolled in\nvarious conservation easement programs, and incorporated approximately\n190,000 ha of wetlands and agricultural lands in the Mississippi\nAlluvial Valley (MAV) and Gulf Coast regions in the MBHI. In fall 2010,\nthe NRCS worked with scientists and graduate students from three\nuniversities and various conservation agencies to design and implement\nlandscape-scale evaluations of (1) the use of MBHI-managed wetlands and\ncomparable non-MBHI wetlands by Charadri-iformes (shorebirds),\nAnsertforines (waterfowl), and other waterbirds; and (2) the relative\neffectiveness of different MBHI practices for providing habitat and food\nresources for migrating, resident, and wintering waterbirds. In this\npaper, we describe the scientific framework designed to evaluate the\nMBHI in improving waterbird habitats on private lands in the MAV, the\nGulf Coast Prairies in Louisiana and Texas, and Gulf coastal wetlands of\nMississippi and Alabama. The results of our evaluation will enhance our\nunderstanding of the influence of MBHI, other Farm Bill Conservation\nInitiative managed lands (e.g., Wetland Reserve Program). and selected\nagricultural working lands (e.g.. Oryza sativa L. [Rice] fields in\nsouthern Louisiana and Texas) on wintering and migrating waterbirds. A\nproactive approach that uses science to evaluate governmental\nconservation programs is relevant and can inform development of\nmeaningful public policy that likely will be needed for effective\ndelivery of future conservation programs and to justify financial\nincentives paid to landowners to apply best management practices.
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 abstract = {Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April\n2010, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) established\nand funded the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), with the goal\nof improving and increasing wetland habitats on private lands to benefit\nwintering and migrating waterbirds displaced from oil-impacted coastal\nwetlands. The NRCS and conservation partners provided financial and\ntechnical assistance to landowners and managers of sites enrolled in\nvarious conservation easement programs, and incorporated approximately\n190,000 ha of wetlands and agricultural lands in the Mississippi\nAlluvial Valley (MAV) and Gulf Coast regions in the MBHI. In fall 2010,\nthe NRCS worked with scientists and graduate students from three\nuniversities and various conservation agencies to design and implement\nlandscape-scale evaluations of (1) the use of MBHI-managed wetlands and\ncomparable non-MBHI wetlands by Charadri-iformes (shorebirds),\nAnsertforines (waterfowl), and other waterbirds; and (2) the relative\neffectiveness of different MBHI practices for providing habitat and food\nresources for migrating, resident, and wintering waterbirds. In this\npaper, we describe the scientific framework designed to evaluate the\nMBHI in improving waterbird habitats on private lands in the MAV, the\nGulf Coast Prairies in Louisiana and Texas, and Gulf coastal wetlands of\nMississippi and Alabama. The results of our evaluation will enhance our\nunderstanding of the influence of MBHI, other Farm Bill Conservation\nInitiative managed lands (e.g., Wetland Reserve Program). and selected\nagricultural working lands (e.g.. Oryza sativa L. [Rice] fields in\nsouthern Louisiana and Texas) on wintering and migrating waterbirds. A\nproactive approach that uses science to evaluate governmental\nconservation programs is relevant and can inform development of\nmeaningful public policy that likely will be needed for effective\ndelivery of future conservation programs and to justify financial\nincentives paid to landowners to apply best management practices.},
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 author = {Davis, Brian J. and Webb, Elisabeth and Kaminski, Richard M. and Barbour, Philip J. and Vilella, Francisco J.},
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