Pintail numbers have made it back to the long-term average of 4 million birds, which beats the low ebb of the early 1990s but falls far short of the estimated 10 million birds back in 1956 and is still below the target population of 5.5 million birds established in the NAWMP.
Bluebill populations are still 15 percent below their long-term average and 30 percent below the NAWMP target of 6.3 million.
As a result of these restoration efforts, eight out of ten duck indicator species now meet or exceed target population levels identified in the NAWMP. However, this would not have been accomplished without the involvement of many partners.
The NAWMP provided the impetus for getting things started, but there's much more to be done.
This is precisely what the Saskatchewan Prairie Pothole Project, a pilot project of NAWMP
, seeks to do, even though it is clear, from the diagram at least, that such payments are required to offset other grain programs.
This paper will outline NAWMP, where it has been and where it is going.
While the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) does not have any direct objectives linked to the creation or perpetuation of parks or protected area systems, it is a major contributor to the protection of wetland and associated upland habitats across much of North America.
Furthermore, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP)
NAWMP, developed to ensure the success and address the deficiencies of
In Canada, the NAWMP pays for wetland restoration on private lands if the landowner enters into a management agreement.
Additional lands are coming under improved management through cooperative ventures such as the NAWMP. Ducks Unlimited, governmental agencies and other partners support a "stewardship coordinator" in each of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada.
And while the NAWMP
and other private-based stewardship programs are not the end to such an ecologically-driven land management process, they are a progressive beginning.