Virginia agency guidance pertaining to proposed wind facilities within the lower reach of the Chesapeake Bay recommend surveys of waterbirds during fall, winter, and spring seasons to document use for the purpose of assessing potential population-level impacts. Following a scoping meeting in the spring of 2011 including the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, ESS Group, Inc., and the Center for Conservation Biology, a field plan was developed to collect observation data to comply with agency recommendations. This interim report provides a brief overview of observations made during the fall season.
Abundance/distribution; Biodiversity/Community Structure; Wildlife and Society
Passerines; Raptors; Waterbirds
Smith, F M., "Cape Charles Seawatch: A project in support of an offshore wind project" (2012). CCB Technical Reports. 556.