Incidental Take Working Group

The Incidental Take working group report and final resources will be available september 2019

Committee Charge

The Incidental Take Working Group was created in September 2018 with two charges:  1) Work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop and communicate about Best Management Practices for avoiding incidental take of migratory birds, and 2) Develop model language, or guiding principles for model legislation, for states wishing to develop statutes or rules addressing incidental take of migratory birds.

 The Working Group has a one-year charge and aims to complete its tasks by September 2019.

Resources

Spreadsheet of state laws pertaining to incidental take (March 2019)

Memo explaining state laws evaluation (February 2019)

Compilation of Best Management Practices for Reducing or Avoiding Incidental Take (Beta Version)

Model language for states wishing to clarify that their agency has jurisdiction to regulate incidental take of migratory birds

Incidental Take Working Group Report- September 2019


Affiliated Committees

Bird Conservation Committee

Working Group Contact Information

Working Group Chair
Dr. Judith Scarl, Bird Conservation Program Manager, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
jscarl@fishwildlife.org

Minutes & Agendas

This Working Group holds monthly conference calls but does not convene during the AFWA or North American meetings.  Please contact Judith Scarl for more information on the status and progress of this group.

Bird Incidental Take Best Management Practices Compilation/Consolidation- BETA VERSION AUGUST 2019

The resources below are organized into tiers using the following criteria:
Tier 1: Either the guidance document/BMP/BP has been developed in collaboration with subject matter experts, OR the science behind the document has been peer-reviewed, OR subject matter experts/users have provided feedback on the effectiveness of the guidance.
Tier 2: Document is from a reputable source (for example, a federal government agency, or an NGO with subject matter experts on the topic) but reflects emerging guidance or policies to be considered, and may not yet be peer-reviewed or incorporate measures of effectiveness
Tier 3:  Our subject matter experts are unfamiliar with the document or its source; peer review status or effectiveness matters are unknown.  Document is provided for information purposes only; partners are encouraged to further evaluate source and potential validity before use.

Power Lines

TIER 1

Reducing Avian Collisions with Power Lines – The State of the Art in 2012
Source: Avian Powerline Interaction Committee
Publication Year: 2012

Reducing Avian Collisions with Power Lines – The State of the Art in 2006
Source: Avian Powerline Interaction Committee
Publication Year: 2006

Avian Protection Plan (App) Guidelines
Source: Avian Powerline Interaction Committee
Publication Year: 2005

TIER 3

Eagle Risk Framework A Practical Approach for Power LinesSource
Source: Avian Powerline Interaction Committee
Publication Year: 2018

Best Management Practices for Electric Utilities in Sage-Grouse Habitat
Source: Avian Powerline Interaction Committee
Publication Year: 2015

Wind Energy

TIER 1

USFWS Land Based Energy Guidelines
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: 2012

Worldwide Wind Guidelines. Metrics and methods – tools for assessing impacts to birds and bats and addressing episodic mortality events
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: 2011

Wind power siting, incentives, and wildlife guidelines in the United States. Jodi Stemler Consulting, Denver, CO
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: 2007

Guidelines for Information Requirements for a Renewable Energy Construction and Operations Plan
Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Publication Year: 2016

Wind Power Siting, Incentives, and Wildlife Guidelines in the United States
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: 2007

Wind energy: Great Lakes regional guidelines
Source: The Nature Conservancy
Publication Year: 2018

Bird-Smart Wind Energy
Source: American Bird Conservancy
Publication Year: 2019

Building and Glass

TIER 1

Reducing Bird Collisions with Buildings and Building Glass Best Practices
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: 2016

Best practices for data collection in studies of bird-window collisions
Source: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Migratory Bird Center
Publication Year: Unknown

Building and Glass Lunchroom Flyer
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: Unknown

TIER 2

Bird Safe Buildings Act
Source: Congress.gov
Publication Year: 2019

Communication Towers

Oil and Gas Operations

TIER 1

Contaminant Issues - Oil Field Waste Pits
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: circa 2009

Minimizing Risk to Migratory Birds in Oil and Gas Facilities
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: unknown- 2009?
TIER 2

Fluid Minerals Operations Reducing Preventable Causes of Direct Wildlife Mortality
Source: Bureau of Land Management
Publication Year: 2012

Solar Energy

TIER 2

Birds and Solar Energy Best Practice Guidelines
Source: Birdlife South Africa
Publication Year: 2015 (Draft)

TIER 3

Preventing Bird Deaths at Solar Power Plants, Part 1
Source: Renewable Energy World
Publication Year: 2014

Preventing Bird Deaths at Solar Power Plants, Part 2
Source: Renewable Energy World
Publication Year: 2014

Open Pipes

TIER 1

Reducing Preventable Wildlife Mortalities BLM IM 2016-023
Source: Bureau of Land Management
Publication Date: 2016

Longline Fisheries and Marine Debris

TIER 2

Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels
Source: Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels
Publication Year: 2018

Vehicles

TIER 2

Road Vehicles
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: Unknown

Cats

TIER 2

Don’t Let Your Cat Go AWOL
Source: Department of Defense
Publication Year: 2013

TIER 3

Companion Animal Model Ordinance
Source: American Bird Conservancy
Publication Year: Unknown

City of Aurora, Colorado Cat Restraint Law
Source: American Bird Conservancy
Publication Year: Unknown

Aircraft

TIER 2

Aircraft
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: Unknown

General

TIER 1

Avoiding harm to migratory birds
Source: Environment Canada
Publication Year: 2019

Nationwide Standard Conservation Measures (FWS)
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Year: Unknown