Connecting the scientific method to conservation action
We are soliciting input and participation from Fellows savvy in communications and outreach to organizations involved in the conservation and management of seabirds. Our project seeks to connect the scientific method to conservation actions, and has high potential to have immediate and significant impact for Laysan albatross (LAAL) and black-footed albatross (BFAL).
Conservation issue. In 2004, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Earthjustice, and the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list BFAL under the US Endangered Species Act. In response, the USFWS funded an assessment of the status of both LAAL and BFAL using data from 1923 – 2005. The status assessment was published in 2009 and is being used for policy and management decisions with respect to BFAL and LAAL conservation. Recently, new data has become available and USFWS has provided us with partial funding to write an addendum to the status assessment with updated data and additional quantitative analysis.
Tapping the Switzer Network. The 2009 report is currently accepted as the best available science and is being used to make high impact conservation decisions. While writing the addendum will be important for clarifying the current conservation status of BFAL and LAAL, most seabird managers are not aware that the addendum is underway.
We specifically are asking for advice and possible participation from those in the Switzer Network with expertise in outreach and communication. We are hoping for suggestions and recommendations on actions we can take and products we can produce to assure our addendum is rigorous and comprehensive and, more importantly, to help publicize our addendum to management agencies and advocacy organizations.
We look forward to hearing of your interest and ideas!