Continued plans of Partners in Flight
, a collaboration of bird, wildlife and conservation nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies who oppose freeroam outdoor cats and Trap Neuter Return. In the April 2013 Newsletter:
Partners in Flight National Committee Actions
Develop a plan to reduce cat mortality on birds. There was discussion of the pros and cons of waiting for the Canadian Wildlife Service publication on cat mortality in Canada to be published before moving ahead with the PIF plan. On the plus side, we would have two major and independent scientific analyses to work with. Because cats are an exotic species, we will also be exploring laws and regulations that apply to the control of exotics on public lands.
I previously mentioned the forthcoming publication about avian mortality by cats in Canada
expected from Pete Blancher of Canadian Wildlife Service / Environment Canada / Partners in Flight. Canadian cat predation claims were publicized in 2011 news media but the "evidence" is still not available. One of the "major and independent scientific analyses" referred to above is, I assume, the so-called study titled "The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States"
, by freeroam cat and TNR opponents Scott Loss, Peter Marra, and Tom Will published in January 2013 that was, as typical, parroted by media without question.
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The 5th International Partners in Flight Conference and Conservation Workshop will be held in August 2013. (Nico Dauphine, opposed to freeroam cats and TNR, presented the paper "Impacts of Domestic Cats on Migratory Birds in North America" at the 4th PIF conference in 2008.)
Advancing Bird Conservation Across the Americas
August 25 – August 28, 2013
PIF V Program
(not completely posted yet, always read entire)
A few cat-related PIF V Special Sessions
of note so far:
Conservation Measures to Address Anthropogenic Causes of Bird Mortality
Many human-related activities are lethal to individual birds and may affect entire populations. Many of these activities are common across the Americas. Examples include power lines, wind energy development, construction and maintenance of communication towers, design of tall buildings, and policies regarding feral cats. Fortunately, industry and government agencies in many countries have developed practices and policies that support practices to prevent the bird losses. In this session we will share information on the state of our knowledge regarding these conservation measures, so that prevention and reduction of bird mortality may be coordinated across the Americas. Although this session will focus on solutions, we will also review the most current knowledge on population-level threats to birds. Session Leads: Geoffrey Walsh, US Bureau of Land Management.
Full Life Cycle Population Modeling for Migratory Birds
A better understanding of whether demographic factors during the breeding, migratory, or wintering period—or interactions between portions of the life cycle—will help us to better target conservation actions across the species’ annual life cycle to the times and places where our actions will have the largest effect. The session will include (1) presentations summarizing full life cycle modeling approaches useful for conservation; (2) examples of efforts currently underway to develop life cycle models for species with good demographic and migratory connectivity data across their annual cycles; and (3) discussion of how these models can inform where we target conservation efforts, especially for migratory species. As a final product, we envision a white paper (or peer-reviewed publication) outlining the required characteristics of a population model for migratory species that will be useful in guiding conservation action decisions. Session Leads: Randy Dettmers and Tom Will, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Pete Marra and Jeffrey Hostetler, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
I've previously mentioned the FWS Migratory Bird grants (and other efforts and publications) regarding avian mortality and cats, Tom Will FWS, Peter Marra Smithsonian, Amanda Rodewald, etc.
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From the March 2013 meeting of the PIF / Shorebird / Waterbird Working Group
Follow up work: Members of the WG will survey state agencies to obtain copies of their policies and regulations regarding the release of animals onto state properties.
Follow up work: Members of the WG will draft a plan to form a multi-disciplinary team to work on concerns associated with free-roaming cats. This team may include wildlife biologists, human dimensions specialists, academic veterinarians, public health experts, pet industry representatives, other. This team may discuss issues associated with cats during a special session of an AFWA Conference.
previous post about Feral Cat Blog! keyword fishwildlife.org (Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies)
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