Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee

for Wildlife and Ecosystem

Conservation and Management

 

MIGRATORY BIRDS WORKING TABLE

Summary

 

PARTICIPANTS:

United States

Brian Millsap, USFWS

Cyndi Perry, USFWS
Jeff Haskins, USFWS

Bill Eldridge, USFWS
Dee Butler, USFWS

Merideth Gutowski, USFWS

Ellen Murphy, USFWS
Bill Howe, USFWS
Robert Mesta, USFWS

David A. Smith, USFWS

Jay Roberson, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Christopher Brand, USGS

Ismael Nava, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Caroline Kennedy, Defenders of Wildlife

Sonia Najera, The Nature Conservancy

Canada

Steve Wendt, CWS

 

Mexico

Eleazar Loa Loza, SEMARNAT

Eduardo Carrera, DUMAC

Elvia de la Cruz Robles, INE

Humberto Bernalanga, CONABIO

Alfonso Martinez Mina, SEMARNAT

 

ISSUE: MECHANISMS FOR IMPROVING MIGRATORY BIRD TABLE FOLLOW-UP

Action: Co-chairs to meet between Trilateral meetings.  Internet conferencing or meet in person in conjunction w/table workshops. Preference is to meet at the end of the calendar year.

Action: Using format for submission of agenda items. Comments are being accepted on the template.

Action: Proposals for agenda items must have clear action items/expected outcome of the project. Project contacts must be identified with specific responsibility for follow up on projects so that, to the extent possible, endorsement of an approach by the Table will lead to action with minimum direct involvement of the Table co-chairs.

Action: Post meeting notes, action items, completed agenda items and format template on the web site.

Action: Poster session to be held at future Trilateral meetings. Follow up reports and updates could be presented in this manner.

Deadline: Items 1-4 will be implemented within the next 6 months.

Contact: Co-chairs

Recommendation: Include poster session in future Trilateral meetings.

 

ISSUE: TOLL FREE TELEPHONE BIRD BANDING REPORTING NETWORK IN MEXICO

Has not been included to date due to coordination w/USGS and funding.  Would take some initial funding over three years to get this pilot project running.  The Table continues to endorse the effort to develop a system for toll-free reporting of bird bands in Mexico.

Action: The proposal by DUMAC remains acceptable in principle; Eduardo will transmit a refined proposal to Brian w/in 30 days. Brian will work with the USGS/BBL to further refine the proposal and submit to Co-chairs.

Action: With feedback from DUMAC, SEMARNAT, USGS, and CWS an agreement will be developed to implement the project. The above organizations and the USFWS will be signatories to this agreement.

Action: Although funding for the proposal has not been identified, the pilot project has reasonable costs, and the 3 co-chairs will endeavor to find funding for the project. They will review progress at their fall meeting.

Action: Implement this project by the fall meeting of the Co-chairs.  

Contacts:  Jeff Haskins / Eduardo Carrera / Brian Millsap

 

ISSUE: WHITE-WINGED DOVE PROJECT & BIRD BANDING REQUEST

USGS has committed to this project. A web page in Spanish exists for band reporting. 

Action:  The Table endorses the project in general, specifically fieldwork including; banding, identification of breeding colony locations, and evaluation of monitoring techniques. We hope support of this project by the Table will facilitate the acquisition of the appropriate permits for the fieldwork.

Action:  The completed strategic plan will be sent to the Co-chairs, by September 2003, for their review and potential endorsement.

Contact:  Jay Robertson

 

ISSUE: MONITORING AQUATIC BIRDS IN MEXICO AND IMPLEMENTATION 

This item is a high priority for the Table to resolve over the next year. It deals with a wide range of important topics, some of which relate to details of the existing surveys being carried out in Mexico, which require attention to planning, linking with Mexican participants, obtaining permits, and sharing of data. There is also a need to consider how broad the viewpoint should be, examining the scope of application to a range of waterbird species (from the core species now included, ducks and geese, to a wide range of species such as waders), and considering whether the focus should be restricted to aerial surveys, or whether site-based surveys could be included. The agenda will be set by June 30, 2003.

Action:  The Table will invite a small group of biologists to develop a proposal for a meeting in the fall of 2003 on these topics. The Table approved a conceptual plan for such a meeting in 2002 and that plan should form the basis for the new proposal. The meeting did not happen in 2002 in part because previous endorsement by the Table did not include the specific staff and funding commitments to ensure that action occurs, and the revised proposal should include that specificity. To increase the attention to this topic, the co-chairs intend to link the meeting to their own fall meeting.

Action: The Table accepted a suggestion that the local hosting organization would be DUMAC, and that the meeting would take place in Monterrey, MX, in the late fall, around November.

Contacts:  MX - Eleazar Loa and Eduardo Carrera, US - Brian Millsap, Canada - Steve Wendt

 

ISSUE: USFWS SURVEY AIRCRAFT

The Table lends its support to efforts to obtain secure funding for the USFWS survey aircraft.

Action: A letter of support from the Executive Table to the DOI Secretary (cc FWS Director) citing the importance of FWS survey aircraft to the North American system of waterbird monitoring.

Contact:  Brian Millsap

 

ISSUE: LEAD POISONING

Action:   The U.S. and Canada will maintain in regular contact with Mexico on progress and be ready to provide information and technical support when asked.

Contact: Eleazar Loa Loza

 

ISSUE: JOINT WORKING GROUP ON PESTICIDES

The Table supports the development of a pesticides strategy based on the Action Plan developed by Canada and recommends moving forward on establishing a working group.  We seek CEC assistance to act as a facilitator to the broader working group.  Defenders of Wildlife and ABC would like to assist in this effort.  The US designee will contact them.

Action: Identify appropriate experts in each county to be contacts on this issue by June 30, 2003. 

Action: The working group will recommend what actions (from the plan) can be currently addressed and develop a strategy to move forward.

Contact:  Steve Wendt

 

ISSUE: MEXICO’S WORKSHOP ON ELECTROCUTION BY HIGH TENSION WIRES

Action:   Information any of the Co-chairs may have on electrocution by high-tension wires should be forwarded to the Elvia de la Cruz, who represents the working group to protect birds from powerline electrocution in Mexico (Grupo de Trabajo para proteger a las aves de las lineas electricas en Mexico).

Recommendation: Recommend to the ET that they continue to support this project, provide the power companies in Mexico with any information they have.

Contact: Elvia de la Cruz

 

ISSUE: COORDINATION WITH THE CONVENTION ON MIGRATORY SPECIES

The Convention on Migratory Species, also known as the Bonn Convention, is a major instrument for the protection of migratory birds especially in Europe, Africa and Asia. None of the United States, Mexico nor Canada are parties to the Convention, in  part because they have other treaties and legislation that provide parallel protection for their shared species.  This report to the Migratory Birds Table of the Trilateral is to bring attention to areas of common interest between this table and the CMS.

Action:  MB Table co-chairs develop a rotating schedule of responsibility for tracking and reporting on relevant activity in the CMS - Steve Wendt continues in this role for 2003 (It is not intended that the broader question of country membership in the CMS be addressed by the MB Table).

Action:  MB Table co-chairs will identify whether there is similar tracking of the CMS by counterparts dealing with marine fisheries. Report back to each of the Co-chairs by June 30, 2003.

Contact:  Steve Wendt

 

ISSUE: NORTH AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVATION INITIATIVE

Action: The Table continues to endorse the work that is being accomplished through NABCI, in particular creating condition for international work.

Contact: Humberto Berlanga

 

ISSUE: INVASIVE SPECIES (Follow up to Tuesday Plenary Session)

The Table was unsure if a central repository existed for data on invasive species.

Action:  The Table supports a central repository of information on invasive species and efforts to eradicate or control them. Various wildlife professionals can contribute to this database. Link to various sites that house fact sheets. Should include the individual species and their effect on other species.  Co-chairs will ask the leads for each countries plan for specific information relative to avian species by July 30,2003.

Contact: Co-Chairs

 

ISSUE: REMOVING INTRODUCED HERBIVORS AND PREDATORS FROM SEABIRD NESTING ISLANDS

Action:   Compile information on efforts each country and prepare a report for the next Trilateral.  Make recommendation on successful techniques and share success stories.