F25AS00014 Sea Duck Joint Venture FY25 Competitive Grants

The Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) is a conservation partnership under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).

Its mission is to promote the conservation of North American sea ducks by providing greater scientific knowledge and understanding of sea duck biology and ecology to support

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effective management.

The SDJV is composed of Federal and state/provincial wildlife agencies in Canada and the U.S., as well as non-governmental organizations and other entities committed to sea duck conservation.

SDJV projects are accomplished through efficient public/private partnerships and cooperative funding.

The SDJV is coordinated and administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Primary funding is provided to the SDJV through U. S. Congressional appropriations; some of this funding is made available through competitive grants to solicit partnerships that can address priority science needs of the SDJV.

This funding opportunity is made under the authority of Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956; 16 U.S.C.

74 2. SDJV funding supports both the USFWS and Department of Interior (DOI) missions, and the DOI Secretary’s priorities related to conservation stewardship and protection.

One of the purposes of the SDJV is to prevent further listings of sea duck species under the U. S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), as two sea duck populations are already listed as threatened in the U.S., and two are listed as species of concern under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in Canada.

Funded projects contribute sound science about sea duck populations and habitat needs that contribute to monitoring their status and addressing factors that diminish their abundance.

Healthy sea duck populations support traditional harvests of sea ducks that are important for subsistence hunters in rural northern communities, and waterfowl hunting opportunities for hunters in the U. S. and Canada, particularly in coastal areas of the Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Pacific regions.

The Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) is requesting proposals that directly address the following research priorities.

Proposals focused on SDJV high priority species are preferred.

SDJV considers the following species high priority because of the magnitude of information needs of each given an assessment of available information and predicted current/future stressors:
Common Eider, King Eider, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.Research Priorities (not listed in order of importance):
1. Information on migratory connectivity of sea ducks to improve survey design, harvest management and development of conservation actions.

New studies could target geographic gaps from previous satellite telemetry studies or analyze existing datasets.

Priorities include but are not limited to large-scale projects that provide information on population delineation (Pacific vs.

Atlantic) for species where populations overlap, and projects focusing on priority sea duck species, particularly Long-tailed Ducks and King Eiders.

2. Studies that use Indigenous Knowledge to inform broad questions about sea duck ecology and management related to SDJV priorities.

Projects that are co-produced with Indigenous partners are encouraged.

3. Studies focused on estimating rates of fecundity and survival of priority sea duck species.

Modeling studies that identify and/or address information gaps, and studies refining alternative methods such as using photographic surveys to estimate sex and/or age ratios, are encouraged.

Large-scale projects focused on investigating factors that influence these demographic parameters and provide information to inform harvest estimates and population-level management decisions will be prioritized.

4. Projects that characterize habitat use of priority species.

Desired products include but are not limited to (a) estimates of energetic demands or time activity budgets for molting or wintering sea ducks to inform future estimates of landscape carrying capacity and (b) habitat suitability models.

Projects that directly contribute to management or conservation of key sites identified in the Sea Duck Key Habitat Sites Atlas are encouraged.

5. Studies to determine effects of anthropogenic activities on sea duck populations.

This may include (a) evaluation of the effects of industrial development (e.g., wind energy, mariculture, oil and gas development, vessel traffic, sand mining, contaminants) on sea ducks, and/or (b) development and testing of potential methods to reduce negative effects of these activities on sea ducks.

6. Studies that evaluate and predict effects of climate change on sea ducks, including changes in northern breeding areas and coastal habitats, altered phenology of life history patterns, changes in food resources and predator communities, and other conditions that degrade or enhance productivity and survival.

7. Evaluations of the effects of disease or parasites on sea duck populations.

8. Studies that improve our understanding of the viewpoints of various stakeholders in sea duck conservation to inform conservation and management actions.

This could include an assessment of the values, concerns and behaviors of birdwatchers, the waterfowl management community, habitat joint ventures, hunters, hunting guides/outfitters, Indigenous communities and organizations, and other groups.

9. Studies that provide estimates of the size and composition of general and subsistence sea duck harvest such that the information could be incorporated into population models and management plans.

This may include assessments of the derivation and distribution of sea duck harvest and how harvest is changing over time.1 0. Assessments of the effect of changing predator communities (e.g., bald eagle, polar bear, mink, fox) on sea duck foraging behavior, breeding success, diurnal and long-term distribution patterns, and the effects of potential distribution shifts on the interpretation of survey data from long-term monitoring studies.1 1. The development of new techniques or technologies that advance our ability to address the research priorities above.Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the SDJV Coordinators and JV associates in advance of submitting proposals to ensure that they understand the specific nature of the issues and consider advice on previous scientific work.

More information on the SDJV’s previous work, strategies, and priorities is outlined in plans, reports, and products archived at seaduckjv.org.
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Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

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