Notice of Intent to Award


THERE IS NO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS NOTICE, as this is a Notice of Intent to Award a Grant Agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for the purpose of performing satellite tracking research of diving birds. Work will be conducted during winter and migration, when substantial proportions of the populations are found in Federal waters off the mid-Atlantic U.S. coast. Several wind energy facilities are currently being planned for offshore waters of the mid-Atlantic United States, and it is unknown whether these facilities may have detrimental impacts on many bird species, exposing them to increased mortality through turbine collisions, and/or altering behavior and flight pathways. Under Federal laws the Service has an obligation to protect populations of marine birds that frequent offshore areas where wind facilities may be constructed. The Service can fulfill this obligation by evaluating threats posed to birds by proposed offshore wind facilities, helping partner agency Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) make informed regulatory decisions on approving wind facilities in Federal U.S. waters (3 to 20 nautical miles of shore) that are under their jurisdiction. In order to evaluate whether future wind facilities could pose a risk to marine birds in Federal waters off the mid-Atlantic U.S., there is a need to collect information on distribution and behavior (e.g., flight pathways, timing, etc.) of a broad suite of birds that use these areas. BRI is uniquely qualified for this project, in accordance with 505 DM 2, possessing the expertise, personnel, and equipment (specialized boats and boat trailers, vehicles, trapping gear, etc.) necessary to carry out work throughout our broad offshore study area. During the last 20 years, the group has been an international leader in the research of loons, one of the three focal taxa of our project, directing studies of multiple loon species and founding the International Center for Loon Conservation and Research ( international-center-for-loon-conservation). Their staff includes at least three experts, who have spearheaded the majority of recent field studies involving loons in the U.S. Atlantic region. BRI also has a long and successful record of carrying out movement studies with our project’s other focal birds, gannets ( and scoters ( in the region, and has previously partnered with our project’s other primary collaborators (USGS Patuxent, and the Montevecchi Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland). BRI is currently involved in complimentary efforts (funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Bailey Wildlife Foundation) to evaluate the effects of offshore wind development on marine birds. Results from these projects will contribute additional information to help meet our project’s objectives. FWS knows of no other organization with the high level of qualifications and readiness to carry out the proposed project. Thus, we selected BRI with minimal competition. Specific tasks that BRI will perform include: capture and tagging of Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata), Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata), and Northern Gannets (Morus bassana) with platform terminal transmitter satellite tracking tags (PTTs), and collection and reporting of fine-scale movement data of tagged individuals using Federal waters of the mid-Atlantic U.S. during migration and winter. BRI will also 1) better identify connectivity and distribution of all three study species across seasons, including identifying breeding areas, using PTTs, and 2) test at-sea winter capture methods and PTT attachment techniques for Northern Gannets with a goal of increasing total tracking durations above currently attainable levels. The service will have substantial involvement in the project including the following activities: • Assisting with project design and implementation • Managing project funds and coordinating effective interactions among project collaborators to assure that project objectives are carried out efficiently • Providing logistical oversight for work in all geographical areas and for all focal species, including planning and moderating project meetings with all collaborators • Procuring satellite tracking equipment and providing it to the cooperator • Managing satellite tracking service accounts • Assisting in field operations and data collection when/if necessary • Analyzing and presenting location data to meet objectives • Compiling all data and results from cooperator and other collaborators, and overseeing the drafting of an annual report to project funder, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) • Overseeing funding distribution and planning for subsequent field seasons (with agreement extension) • Serving as project liaison to BOEM, and advising them how to effectively implement project findings

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 07/11/2012 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Christal Cutler
Grants Officer
Phone 413-253-8233
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $90,000.00 to $90,000.00


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