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Fall Landowner Workshop on Zoom - Shared screen with speaker view
Adrian Rus
Adrian Rus
I meant testing
Gary Taylor
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Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor Cal Farms Duck Club
Steve Ciari
Hi John I have audio but no Mic
Adrian Rus
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Adrian Rus
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John Takekawa
my first project in California was at Klamath in 1987-- a lot has changed but much not benefitting waterfowl. How do we turn that around?
John Eadie
John - great talk. What policy options are under consideration or even possible to get more water??
Jeff McCreary - DU
We turn it around by working with our strengths: partnerships, project technical know how, political influence, scientific capabilities, and persistence. KBasin is a hotspot right now for all the bird conservation partners who are indeed working with these strengths to address this crisis.
John Eadie
And can you say something about the potential devastating loss of birds to botulism - 40,000 - and a lot are our CA mallards molting up there
Caroline Brady, CWA
We need KBRA 2.0!
Ellen Wehr
John, re: policy solutions: Purchasing long-term water transfers (will require tens of millions of dollars not yet identified); advocating to improve the Bureau of Reclamation's recent water allocation scheme; developing affordable/renewable power sources to obtain drain water from nearby districts; and investing in groundwater pumping infrastructure.
Greg Yarris - CVJV
Given the requirement to keep Upper Klamath Lake at a minimum level for fish/suckers, and the importance of the lake for molting ducks, what can be done further to improve the habitat for ducks there. I know in the past there have been efforts to restore farmland to wetlands on the edge of lake (mostly for fish), can those restored wetlands or future wetlands be managed to provide for waterfowl as well? Botulism is often less of an issue there as well.
John Takekawa
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John Takekawa
The recent paper out of UC Berkeley (2019) documented the loss of tule fog in the Central Valley, primarily because of better air quality (like happened in London)
John Takekawa
Fiona and Mike will talk a bit about sanctuaries in Suisun Marsh in the next talk, and Dan Smith and Jackie Satter have information on food resources in the talk after that
Lorenzo Bavoso
and likely loss of moisture due to more prevalent drought conditions
John Takekawa
Bob agrees with you on drought -- what he's seen after the 5-year drought seems to have affected bird behavior
Mike Casazza
Bob's observations on body condition are very consistent with all of the body condition data we have collected across the Valley and Suisun over the past 5 years in comparison with body condition data collected in earlier years.
John Takekawa
what % difference have you seen in body condition? any species especially affected?
Mike Casazza
It does vary by species and by region but the general trend we are observing is that birds are over 10% better than earlier years
John Takekawa
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Phelan McKinney
Hi Fiona, in your opinion, if landowners set aside sanctuary zones on private duck clubs will they see increased use by waterfowl? Do sanctuaries have to be a certain size in order to be useful for ducks?
John Takekawa
Does the data suggest more sanctuaries distributed around Suisun Marsh may change increase distribution of movements?
John Takekawa
Is there a difference in small (within club) vs. large sanctuaries and effects on movements and huntable birds?
Lorenzo Bavoso
For those of us that have incorporated sanctuaries in our clubs, how can we measure their effectiveness given the size shape and location?
Based on both what Bob observed and what Fi is presenting you may see greater distribution of waterfowl across the marsh as well as increased body condition
So does Commercial Spotting clay club shooting next to sanctuaries should be not occur?
I would be surprised if Hill Slough changes dramatically for waterfowl use. Half of the area has been muted tidal for years - Pond 3, and Ponds 1 & 2 have only had water in high rainfall years or when a breech occurred.
It would be great if we could continue to monitor Hill Slough to actually see the change that tidal wetlands will create for waterfowl use.
Austen Lorenz, USGS
Lorenzo we are very interested in studying the effects of private sanctuaries. Our research is starting to show that private sanctuaries are very important.
I would suggest that private land sanctuaries would also improve habitat for fish and other resident species.
Greg Yarris - CVJV
I agree with Fi that sanctuaries could be managed for multi-benefits. For example, Pond 12 is located near some of the highest nesting density uplands in North America (fields 13 and 14). Managing pond 12 for brood habitat during the spring/summer and as sanctuary during the fall/winter would maximize nesting in nearby uplands (which are extensive) and help reverse decline of local mallards
Cory Overton
The change in seed abundance absent duck use should be the same between closed off and open areas correct? So the only difference should be duck consumption? How many ducks do you need to remove ~1000 lbs/ac within one time period?
Cory Overton
Given the pintail diet could isotopes distinguish between fat content resulting from rice consumption vs marsh plant consumption? I.e. are pintail flat because they are coming in and out of Suisun to Sac Valley?
John Takekawa
northern breeding surveys were not conducted this year because of Covid-19 but regulations were already set. Will it affect the next year's regulation setting?
Has a more recent survey been conducted with stakeholders to see if objectives have changed since 2010?
Caroline Brady, CWA
Unlikely to impact regs for next duck season - they will likely maintain the status quo and keep regs consistent with this year's regs
Greg Yarris - CVJV
Thanks to CWA for continuing to push for pintail regulations that incorporate all the available biological data.
Fi Mcduie
thanks for all the questions and comments on the sanctuaries. We are very interested to know about any sanctuaries that are maintained on clubs in the Marsh to analyze and understand how they function and minimum sizes etc. So, please email me at fmcduie@usgs.gov and my colleague Austen Lorenz at aalorenz@usgs.gov.
Kevin Confetti
Excuse me if I missed this, but will these presentations be made available to us? Lots of information to digest in a short period of time.
John Takekawa
Yes -- we will provide the workshop recording on our website.
are there wetland management strategies that can be implemented to control some of these undesirables besides spraying (i.e. timing of spring drawdown)?
Lorenzo Bavoso
we can see it
Ted Swift
We can see your title slide
Greg Yarris - CVJV
Given the timing of spraying and possible impacts on nesting ducks, its important to consider the disturbance of diff spray methods. Good to see alternatives such as drones being considered.
Ted Swift
Yes, we hear you.
John Takekawa
fish screens are key to allowing water diversions to thousands of acres of the marsh while protecting fish. Installing a new one is far more costly than fixing existing screens while still functional.
John Takekawa
Non-motorized use has been greatly increasing at Belden's in the last 5 years. To limit conflicts with launching power boats, a kayak launch will be added on the backside of the dock. Education of boaters about sensitive habitats and private ownerships in Suisun Marsh will be added through signage as part of the Water Trail designation.
Dan Smith
How do semdimentation rates of Schoenoplectus compare to Phragmites?
Richelle Tanner, UC Davis DSC
Hi Dan - I’m not sure! It’s not a primary focus of the proposal. From what I understand, we are particularly concerned about Phragmites sedimentation rates because invasion into channels can be quick (and there’s substantial salinity/depth tolerance). So it may be more of a question of invasion speed rather than purely the sedimentation rate, that we are concerned about.
Dan Smith
Thanks Richelle, I'm interested to see what the project finds out.
Jeff Kohl - CDFW
If you have any questions about the CDFW Presley Program you can contact me, Jeff Kohl: Jeffrey.kohl@wildlife.ca.gov or Kelsey Navarre: Kelsey.Navarre@Wildlife.ca.gov. Thanks!
Lorenzo Bavoso
Great job by all thank you!!!!
Lorenzo Bavoso
well organized, very well planned
Jeff Kohl - CDFW
That is correct John, no funding available this year for the Presley Program but we do have a waitlist. If you would like to be added to the list contact me or Kelsey at our emails above. Thanks!
Delta King
Very informative! Thank you everyone!!
rob dias
As Always Great Job
Rhiannon Klingonsmith
thanks SCRD!!!
Edwin Limanto
Thank you everyone
Jeff Kohl - CDFW
Thank you everyone!
Mike Casazza
Thanks Steve and company!