A project of Environment Canada - Atlantic and Québec Regions in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
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Much has been learned about the movements and ecology of the eastern North American population of Barrow’s Goldeneye trough satellite telemetry since 2000, when it was listed as a Species of Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. However, the molting locations of adult female Barrow’s Goldeneyes are still unknown. Female molting areas has also been identified as an important knowledge gap in the Management Plan developed for the Barrow’s Goldeneye eastern population as part of Canada’s Species at Risk Law. The objective of this project id to identify the molting areas for adult female barrow's Goldeneyes.
This study was conducted by the Québec Region of Environment Canada, and is one of several projects funded by the Sea Duck Joint Venture to improve our understanding of the delineation of sea duck populations across North America.
The Primary Investigators on this project were:
Jean-Pierre Savard, Science and Technology, Environment Canada
Michel Robet, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada
Keith Hobson, Science and Technology, Environment Canada
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The Vision of the Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) is to maintain sustainable populations of North American sea ducks throughout their ranges. The goals of the SDJV promote development of short and long-term information gathering programs to determine basic parameters of sea duck populations, such as delineation of ranges and subunits, abundance and trends, production, harvest, and survival rates.
Much of the emphasis in the first few years of the Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) has been on population delineation, and satellite telemetry has been the primary tool used to identify breeding ranges, migration routes, molting and wintering areas, and timing of bird movements among these areas.