Colony Island Network Design and Implementation Workshop

Workshop
Starts
July 20, 2022
10:00 am
Ends
July 20, 2022
12:00 pm
Venue
Harte Research Institute
Conference Center 127
6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Highlight
This event is offered in-person or virtual

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. 

This first hybrid workshop will be an introduction to the CINDI project and team and of the stakeholders taking place July 20th, 2022 from 10:00 -12:00. This meeting is meant to be inclusive so feel free to forward this invitation to people you consider to be a stakeholder for colony island rehabilitation projects. A follow-up from this meeting will be a brief survey to help refine the list of variables that might influence the conservation value of colony islands.

The 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.

In-person attendees, please RSVP to david.essian@tamucc.edu