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Waterbirds and Their Habitat

The Chesapeake Bay lies in the Atlantic Flyway and is home to almost 1 million waterfowl each winter. The waterfowl depend on coastal wetlands and shallow waters for habitat and food. These habitats are being lost to sea-level rise and development. The USGS is assessing the ability of near-shore habitats, from wetlands to shallow waters, to support waterfowl and water birds.

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USGS Conducts Assessment to Inform Black Duck Habitat Decisions

Issue: The Chesapeake Bay is along the Atlantic Flyway and has over 1 million migratory birds winter each year. Black ducks are one of 30 species that depends on habitats along Chesapeake Bay for their annual migration. Managing the black duck population at time when land use and sea-level rise pose a recognized peril to this species and their habitats require a strategic approach. The Chesapeake...
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USGS Conducts Assessment to Inform Black Duck Habitat Decisions

Issue: The Chesapeake Bay is along the Atlantic Flyway and has over 1 million migratory birds winter each year. Black ducks are one of 30 species that depends on habitats along Chesapeake Bay for their annual migration. Managing the black duck population at time when land use and sea-level rise pose a recognized peril to this species and their habitats require a strategic approach. The Chesapeake...
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Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks
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Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks
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Ospreys

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Ospreys
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Ospreys

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Ospreys
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Videos Highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities

A list of Chesapeake Bay Program videos highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities.
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Videos Highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities

A list of Chesapeake Bay Program videos highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities.
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Enhance science on coastal ecosystem structure, function, and resiliency to manage waterbirds

The Chesapeake Bay lies in the Atlantic Flyway and is home to almost 1 million waterfowl each winter. The waterfowl depend on coastal wetlands and shallow waters for habitat and food. These habitats are being lost to sea-level rise and development.
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Enhance science on coastal ecosystem structure, function, and resiliency to manage waterbirds

The Chesapeake Bay lies in the Atlantic Flyway and is home to almost 1 million waterfowl each winter. The waterfowl depend on coastal wetlands and shallow waters for habitat and food. These habitats are being lost to sea-level rise and development.
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Provide science to support the conservation and restoration of freshwater fisheries and aquatic habitats

The streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed provide critical habitat for freshwater fish such as brook trout and migratory species such as river herring, American shad, and American Eel. These species have declined due to degrading stream conditions and barriers preventing migration. The USGS informs restoration efforts by (1) assessing habitat conditions and change; (2) the relation to habitat...
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Provide science to support the conservation and restoration of freshwater fisheries and aquatic habitats

The streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed provide critical habitat for freshwater fish such as brook trout and migratory species such as river herring, American shad, and American Eel. These species have declined due to degrading stream conditions and barriers preventing migration. The USGS informs restoration efforts by (1) assessing habitat conditions and change; (2) the relation to habitat...
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Black Ducks

How are coastal wetlands and their carrying capacity for waterbirds affected by changing sea level and land use?
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Black Ducks

How are coastal wetlands and their carrying capacity for waterbirds affected by changing sea level and land use?
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Learning More About Waterfowl to Inform Management

Today, perhaps as never before, waterfowl management faces significant challenges resulting from key scientific uncertainties about the effects of drivers of duck population change in fast-changing ecological and social arenas. Additionally waterfowl management has been on the cutting edge of considering integrated management of habitat, harvest, and humans to better meet the demands from a...
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Learning More About Waterfowl to Inform Management

Today, perhaps as never before, waterfowl management faces significant challenges resulting from key scientific uncertainties about the effects of drivers of duck population change in fast-changing ecological and social arenas. Additionally waterfowl management has been on the cutting edge of considering integrated management of habitat, harvest, and humans to better meet the demands from a...
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Pharmaceuticals and the Water-Fish-Osprey Food Web

Pharmaceuticals have found their way into the environment. The impact on wildlife is unknown. Ospreys occupy the top of the food web, often nest in highly industrialized or urban areas, and eat only fish, making them an ideal sentinel for monitoring localized contaminants.
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Pharmaceuticals and the Water-Fish-Osprey Food Web

Pharmaceuticals have found their way into the environment. The impact on wildlife is unknown. Ospreys occupy the top of the food web, often nest in highly industrialized or urban areas, and eat only fish, making them an ideal sentinel for monitoring localized contaminants.
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Ospreys used as sentinel for pollution

Monitoring the buildup of chemical compounds in ospreys helps scientists track toxics in our waterways.
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Ospreys used as sentinel for pollution

Monitoring the buildup of chemical compounds in ospreys helps scientists track toxics in our waterways.
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Patuxent Wildlife Refuge scientists study how wind farms affect sea ducks

The call for construction of wind farms presents a question scientists could not answer: Will the turbines affect the birds?
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Patuxent Wildlife Refuge scientists study how wind farms affect sea ducks

The call for construction of wind farms presents a question scientists could not answer: Will the turbines affect the birds?
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