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South Padre Island, Texas
February 14-17, 2000


Jon Andrew, FWS/MBMO
Humberto Berlanga, SEMARNAP
Steve Wendt, CWS
Gil Cintron, FWS/OIA
Cyndi Perry, FWS/MBMO
Jack Capp, USDA/FS
Sandra Cruz Mondragon, SEMARNAP
Jose Juan Perez, SEMARNAP
Dave Smith, FWS/NAWCA
Doug Ryan, FWS/NAWCA
Megan Hill, NFWF
Robert Mesta, FWS
Geoff Holroyd, CWS
Roberta Chew, USSD
Susan Lapkass, FWS
Jeff Haskins, FWS
Steve Labuda, FWS
Francisco Abarca, ADGF
William Eldridge, FWS
Miguel Mora, FWS/MBMO
Sonia Najera Meyer, NPS
Marc Woodin, USGS
Eric Gustafson, US/MX Chamber of Commerce

The Migratory Birds and Wetlands Working Table (MBWWT) met on a wide range of issues. The action taken by the table took four forms:

Received for Information: Reports on projects relevant to the conservation of North America's birds and wetlands were received, and information on these will be presented in subsequent information to be more widely distributed by the co-chairs. A website for the table will be a primary tool for this.

Endorsement by the MBWWT: In endorsing a project the migratory birds offices of USFWS, CWS, and INE agree in principle that the work should continue. Aspects that relate to permits, regulations, and consultation in each country will be facilitated within the authority of each office.

Activity undertaken by the MBWWT: Agreements, statements, or projects in this category will be carried out by the table itself, under the direction of the co-chairs.

Recommendations to the Trilateral Committee Executive Table: This category applies to activity for which the approval of the federal wildlife agencies is recommended and sought.

The following key issues and recommendations are brought forward to the Executive Committee:

Issue: Reduction of seabird by-catch in commercial fisheries

Recommendation to the Trilateral Committee Executive Table: The Trilateral Committee should recognize the need to reduce seabird by-catch in the worlds longline fisheries. The FAO has called for national action plans on this issue by 2001. Ongoing consultation with fisheries departments in each country is needed.

Action: Ensure that the migratory birds and wetlands table has representation at the coming Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) workshop on seabird bycatch.

Action: U.S. will take the lead to coordinate with Mexico and Canada to investigate the need for a workshop on seabird bycatch reduction, and to proceed as appropriate.

Assigned To: Bob Milko (Canada), Mara Murillo (Mexico) and Al Manville (USA).

Issue: The impact of pesticides on birds

Recommendation to the Trilateral Committee Executive Table: A working group to identify the scope of this problem has prepared a preliminary report that indicates that further work is warranted. It is recommended that the Trilateral Committee endorse the continuation of the working group and make further specific recommendations on international strategies within the authority of the wildlife agencies.

Action: To continue and expand the workgroup of national wildlife agency specialists and other relevant partners to propose an implementation strategy and time frame.

Assigned To: Alain Baril (Canada), Jesús Cerecero (Mexico) and Steve Sheffield (USA).

Proposed completion date: February 2001.

Issue: Transboundary species working group of CEC

Recommendation to the Trilateral Committee Executive Table: The CEC project on transboundary species should be continued. The Trilateral should accept the portfolio of species as developed by the working group. This should be coordinated with appropriate NABCI groups, recognizing that an eventual delivery framework may arise through NABCI.

Activity undertaken by the MBWWT: The table, in coordination with the Trilateral Working Table on Shared Species, will work with the CEC and national NABCI committees to develop a workshop / symposium or take other proactive action for Grassland Wildlife as this ecological type includes several of the priority shared species.

Issue: Wetland issues

Activity undertaken by the MBWWT: the table, in its role as the regional Ramsar coordination body, supports the application of Ducks Unlimited to Ramsar.

Endorsement by the MBWWT: The table endorses work underway by groups exploring designation of a Ramsar site at Laguna Madre (noting that consultations to date have so far mostly involved the U.S. side). The table endorses a proposed pilot project on wetland conservation in the Pacific Flyway. The table endorses continuation of wetland workshops following the Veracruz model, and commends the excellent work being done in this area.

Activity undertaken by the MBWWT: The table discussed ways to use the Trilateral forum more actively to promote wetland conservation. As these discussions continue for wetlands, it should be possible to take definite steps, and details on such action by the table will be described on the table website.

Summary of Other Working Table Actions:Summary of Other Working Table Actions:

Endorsement by the MBWWT: The following projects were endorsed by the table. Details of these projects will be available on the table's website:

Shorebird sister schools project

Burrowing owl action plan

Project on powerlines and raptors in Mexico

Wintering waterfowl surveys in Mexico

Waterfowl harvest surveys in Durango, Chihuahua and Zacatecas

Improved information on how to report bird bands in Mexico

Expanding wetland classification in Mexico

Banding of mottled and whistling ducks in Mexico

Other activities to be undertaken by the migratory birds and wetlands table:

Improved coordination of the Breeding Bird Survey in Mexico. The US co-chair will request a proposal from USGS for review by the Mexican NABCI committee.

Peregrine falcon management. Canada and Mexico will help provide information and communicate concerns for the US Environmental Assessment of a possible take of migratory peregrine falcons in the US for falconry.

The co-chairs will investigate the possibility of having a workshop on waterfowl harvest and habitat management in northern Mexico involving INE, CWS, USFWS .

The US and Mexican co-chairs will develop a meeting opportunity for cooperatively planning winter surveys in Mexico.

Received for Information:

Reports were given on the following:

Workshop in Mexico on introduced species on islands

Progress on North American Bird Conservation Initiative in each country

Progress on NAWMP and NAWCA projects

Sea Duck Joint Venture

Sonoran Desert Joint Venture

Fresh water supplies for waterfowl near the Laguna Madre

Overabundant species initiatives in each country

Country Ramsar reports

Report on the Ramsar standing committee meeting

Wetlands for the Future

Millennium wetlands conference in August, Quebec


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