Colony Island Network Design and Implementation Workshop
The Harte Research Institute, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, and Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, have recently initiated a project to develop a spatial prioritization tool for rehabilitating a network of waterbird colony islands. Colony island rehabilitation is already underway in Texas and more projects are being planned. But there is currently no tool that managers can use to gauge the relative benefit of projects to the state’s coastal waterbird populations. Therefore, with support from the Knobloch Family Foundation, we plan to develop such a tool for the Upper Laguna Madre, and then to expand to the other major bays in the Coastal Bend.
The Colony Island Network Design and Implementation tool (CINDI) will be a co-production between our team and coastal resource managers and other stakeholders, meaning that your input is essential to the success of the project. In our view, the tool will be most beneficial if it is shaped and adopted by you. In that spirit, we are soliciting your input through two short workshops and two surveys.
The first hybrid workshop, held on July 20th, 2022, introduced the CINDI project and team. It was followed up by two surveys: one to narrow the list of the primary variables influencing colonial waterbird nest abundance on the coast, and another to solicit expert opinions on the direction and strength of these relationships.
This second workshop will dig deep into the survey results. A subsequent survey will give respondents a chance to confirm or amend their input given the discussion in workshop 2.