WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PLAN
MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS
Migratory Game Bird Management Plan Content and Purpose
The Commission adopted the Migratory Game Bird Management Plan on October 20, 1993. This document provides program direction to the Department and identifies objectives and strategies to fulfill management, research, habitat, and status survey needs. It also serves as an informational document to assist other resource management agencies with their wildlife programs, and to network governmental and private programs dealing with migratory game bird management in Oregon.
It is the mission of the Migratory Game Bird Management Plan to conserve, enhance, and restore populations and habitats of native migratory game birds and associated species at prescribed levels (as determined by national, state, and Pacific Flyway plans) throughout their natural geographic ranges in Oregon and the Pacific Flyway (Flyway) in order to contribute to Oregon's wildlife diversity as well as the enjoyment of those resources.
In order to implement the Migratory Game Bird Management Plan, the Director is authorized to enter into agreements with governmental and private entities for the purposes of fulfilling the mission and policies of this plan. It is the policy of the Commission to:
(1) Share the management responsibilities for migratory game birds with the federal government, primarily through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Commission recognizes the authority and role of the federal government as provided by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and its amendments; however, it encourages the Department to cooperate in Flyway Management Programs such as biological surveys, habitat development and acquisition, research, species planning, and the establishment of funding sources to maintain prescribed management programs;
(2) Direct the Wildlife Division, through its Game Bird Program, to represent the state at all Flyway meetings and to implement Flyway management concepts and programs throughout the state. The Commission recognizes the Pacific Flyway Council and its technical committees as the primary decision-making bodies for the management of migratory game birds in the Flyway states, including Oregon. Because of the dynamics of these bird populations and due to shared interests in this international resource, the Commission recognizes the need for an ecosystem approach to migratory game bird management through Flyway programs;
(3) Direct the Department to furnish assistance for an interim period of seven days in the absence of immediate corrective actions on the part of responsible federal agencies in the case of recurring damage to private property. The Commission recognizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture has primary responsibility for the control of damage to private property caused by migratory game birds; therefore, the Department will, upon initial receipt of a damage complaint, notify the appropriate federal agency of the situation to request their action on the problem; and
(4) Prohibit the release of captive-reared waterfowl within the state for any purposes other than authorized dog training.
Strategies to develop and implement the Oregon Migratory Game Bird Management Plan and Program include but are not limited to the following actions:
(1) Integrate state, federal, and local programs to coordinate biological surveys, research, and habitat development to obtain improved population information and to secure habitats for the benefit of migratory game birds and other associated wildlife species.
(2) Develop and implement the Migratory Game Bird Management Plan and Program through training and information exchange between Department personnel and public and private cooperators.
(3) Provide recreational, aesthetic, educational, and cultural benefits derived from migratory game birds, other associated wildlife species, and their habitats.
(4) Seek sufficient funds to accomplish programs consistent with the strategies outlined in this plan, and allocate those funds to programs based on management priorities.
Actions to implement the Migratory Game Bird Management Plan and Program include but are not limited to the following:
(1) Establish a Migratory Game Bird Committee.
(2) Develop a Research Needs Program.
(3) Review management practices on state wildlife areas.
(4) Establish a Biological Surveys Program.
(5) Establish a Habitat Program.
(6) Develop a Department personnel training program.
(7) Develop a Disease Contingency Plan.
(8) Establish a Literature Review Program.
(9) Conduct damage policy review and update.
(10) Develop annual work plans for Department administrative units and personnel as outlined in the Migratory Game Bird Management Plan.
(11) Review Competitive Trials for Hunting Dogs rules (OAR Chapter 635, Division 046).
The Migratory Game Bird Management Plan will be updated and reviewed by the Commission every five years beginning in 1998.