Colonial waterbirds represent a wide array of bird species including pelicans, gulls, skimmers, and terns. Despite their prevalence along the Gulf coast, limited information exists related to these species. While basic information such as historical colony location is available, detailed information related to annual variability in colony size and location, incidence of new colonies, productivity, and
location of foraging areas remains unknown. With colonial waterbirds in the nearshore environment representing some of the most significantly impacted resources during DWH, it is imperative that decision-makers increase their understanding of these species in relation to restoration activities. In particular, spatially and temporally extensive baseline measures of distribution, abundance, and status of nesting nearshore colonial waterbirds are one of the highest needs.
Louisiana Coastwide Colonial Waterbird Monitoring