International Conservation Investments
2022 Conservation Investments
Western Atlantic Flyway Whimbrel Conservation Program (Multiple States and Canada)
Expand on efforts to coordinate conservation and monitor declining whimbrel populations using the western Atlantic Flyway. Project will increase coordination of whimbrel partners working throughout the flyway, address information gaps on whimbrel ecology and demography, and continue development of a monitoring program built around night roosts.
Non-invasive Diet Characterization of Southern Resident Killer Whales (WA and Canada)
Test the use of stable isotopes to analyze dietary composition for Southern Resident killer whales in the Salish Sea using naturally occurring chemical tracers. Project will measure how stable isotopes in fecal matter and breath samples reflect diets from a feeding study on captive killer whales and compare to archived collected samples from Southern Resident killer whales.
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation
Securing Critical Habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse through Conservation Easements in Saskatchewan
Enhance and restore natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat and to preserve indigenous species of flora and fauna in Saskatchewan by acquiring conservation easements in accordance with Canada’s Conservation Easements Act and increase public awareness of conservation easements with a comprehensive communications strategy. Project will analyze 50,000 acres of grassland habitat to identify conversion risk and engage with landowners on the highest priority properties.
South of the Divide Conservation Action Program
Increasing Grassland Connectivity through Habitat Restoration and Species Management in Saskatchewan
Engage livestock producers to restore and manage native prairies in southwest Saskatchewan that increase connectivity among grasslands, maintain or improve habitats for species at risk, and foster sustainable livelihoods while preserving cultural identities. Project will improve 45,000 acres to benefit greater sage-grouse, Sprague’s pipit, chestnut-collared longspur and thick-billed longspur and other grassland obligates.
Protecting Hawksbill Sea Turtle Nests and Reducing Bycatch in El Salvador
Safeguard hawksbill turtle nesting beaches and use LED-equipped lobster gillnets to reduce bycatch at priority sites in El Salvador. Project will work to protect 300 nesters and 74,000 hatchlings at three key beaches and will reduce hawksbill mortality events in two lobster gillnet fisheries.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Assessing Red Knot Survival Using Data from Delaware Bay and Brazil (DE, BRA)
Monitor recovery and stopover health of red knot and other shorebirds, estimate stopover population size, and protect critical habitats to improve foraging conditions for migratory shorebirds in Delaware Bay, Delaware, and Lagoa do Piexe, Brazil. Project will continue to develop a better understanding of the threats occurring at Lagoa do Piexe toward recovery of red knot populations.
Grupo de Ecologia y Conservacion de Islas
Protecting and Monitoring the Townsend’s Shearwater in Mexico - III
Protect Townsend’s shearwater on the Revillagigedo Archipelago of Mexico. Project will continue and assess cat eradication efforts on Socorro Island, monitor Townsend’s shearwater on Socorro and Clarión Islands, evaluate rabbit removal strategies on Clarión Island, and survey historic nesting areas to fill population information gaps.
Haiti Ocean Project
Establishing Sustainable Community Support for Hawksbill Sea Turtle Conservation in Haiti
Establish a conservation program in two fishing villages to explore and implement sustainable solutions toward reducing bycatch of hawksbill sea turtles in the Bay of Baraderes, Haiti. Project will bring together local leaders and fishers to evaluate the impact of gill nets on mortality rates of
hawksbills and discuss community-based conservation initiatives.
Oikonos - Ecosystem Knowledge
Conservation of the Pink-Footed Shearwater in Chile - V
Continue pink-footed shearwater conservation efforts and long-term species monitoring to assess the effectiveness of past conservation investments in Chile. Project will conduct multi-site pink-footed shearwater reproductive season monitoring, assess light attraction impacts to seabird fallout, and monitor mammal-proof fencing.
Pacific Rim Conservation
Creating Resilient Tropical Seabird Colonies through Translocation (HI and MEX) - II
Transport 36 black-footed albatross eggs from Midway Atoll in Hawai‘i to Guadalupe Island, Mexico to help establish a new high island breeding colony at this site. Project will place translocated eggs into foster nests of Laysan albatross on Guadalupe Island and deploy social attraction using decoys and playbacks of vocalizations to provide stimuli for chicks to help with imprinting and to attract prospecting adult black-footed albatross.
Reduce Bycatch of Leatherback Turtles in Peru by Strengthening the LAUDOPO Network
Work in Peru to support local fisheries in reducing sea turtle bycatch. Project will improve understanding of fishery bycatch interactions of leatherbacks, increase human capacity to undertake sea turtle conservation and sustainable fisheries, and reduce turtle mortality resulting from fishery bycatch interactions.
Integrated Seabird Bycatch Management Plan for Pacific Longline Fishery (Vanuatu)
Implement a participatory decision support tool to develop an integrated bycatch management plan for a Vanuatu flagged, Taiwanese-owned tuna longline fishery. Project will enable stakeholders to select a management strategy with acceptable multispecies conflicts and commercial viability costs while mitigating bycatch and mortality risk for vulnerable species.
Tano Tasi yan Todu
Advancing Limestone Forest Conservation and Restoration on Guam (GU)
Advance restoration of limestone forests and support local government efforts to achieve long-term conservation management targets for Taguan, Anao, and Pagat, Guam. Project will conduct habitat and species surveys, identify project boundaries, research land use history, remove invasive vegetation, propagate and outplant native plants, and engage the community in educational and volunteer events to enhance limestone forest habitat.