Date: 1/13/21 5:10 pm
From: David Gibson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: NC Seabirds
Scott, Very interesting and *loved* your last paragraph. To folks who have
a chance to see Double-crested Cormorants up close, they are striking and
fascinating birds. If you or anyone else is interested, I put together a
short photo story <;!!OToaGQ!-a_sAq5Vp4E0QIOwE1a0KjmTd1HNR41EEOwiW9Y0gbkUDUfzEkQFniMonJAqxXX5Pyg$ > in
which I focused a bit on cormorants, their antics, their webbed toes, etc.
I also mentioned other disfavored species.
Dave Gibson;!!OToaGQ!-a_sAq5Vp4E0QIOwE1a0KjmTd1HNR41EEOwiW9Y0gbkUDUfzEkQFniMonJAqmmG7LFs$

On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 6:17 PM Scott Anderson <
<scott.anderson...> wrote:

> Hello!
> I’ve noticed the recent discussion regarding the Double-crested Cormorant
> (cormorants) study carried out by Dr. Bryan Watts at the Center for
> Conservation Biology and funded by both the NC Wildlife Resources
> Commission
> and the NC Watermen’s Foundation. The study was prompted by concern (by
> some)
> over the increasing populations of cormorants and the lack of accurate
> data on
> the size of wintering and migrating populations in and traveling through
> North
> Carolina. In addition, the study was designed to quantify not only
> cormorants
> but other fish-eating birds in order to offer the best context for any
> future
> management decisions.
> Many studies indicate that cormorants eat whatever is available. The
> opportunistic foraging behavior of cormorants simultaneously makes them
> very
> successful and difficult to manage and the presence of cormorants does not
> necessarily indicate a negative impact to a particular fish species of
> concern.
> You may have also heard of a recent US Fish and Wildlife Service Rule
> providing an option for states to kill cormorants under certain
> circumstances
> and conditions (for example, any lethal action would *not* be carried out
> by
> the general public). At this time, the Commission does not have any plans
> to
> use this option. Understanding the impact and role of cormorants in our
> ecosystem has been our focus for the past few years to ensure that if any
> action were taken, it would be precise, impactful, and relevant.
> As an aside, Double-crested Cormorants are one of my favorite birds. Some
> dismiss them as ugly, but up close they have striking blue eyes, bronzed
> feather edging on their backs, and wonderfully weathered and leathery feet.
> The focus of my graduate research was on Caspian terns co-nesting on an
> island
> with Double-crested Cormorants. The terns were objectively beautiful big
> birds
> with their snow white backs, black caps, and red bills, but the cormorants
> won
> my enduring affection.
> Relevant links:
> - CCB Study Article:
> - Double-crested Cormorant USFWS Rule:
> Sincerely,
> Scott Anderson
> Bird Conservation Biologist
> NC Wildlife Resources Commission

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