Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (GDAWR) is the equivalent of a State Fish & Game Agency. Specifically, GDAWR’s Wildlife Section receives yearly appropriations from Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration to monitor and manage game populations, and competes for Endangered Species Section 6 funding. Congressional appropriations to the State Wildlife Grant have been $140K to $190K in the last three years. The GDAWR Brown Treesnake (BTS) Control Project received funding from the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and US Fish & Wildlife. In total GDAWR’s FY05 budget is just over $1.4 million. There is also a pending US Fish & Wildlife Safe Harbor Grant.
The main activities of the Wildlife Section focuses on the recovery of endangered species and other species of concern. The Wildlife Section captive-breeds endangered birds (Guam rail, Mariana crow and Micronesian kingfisher), controls predators and invasive species (mainly snakes and cats) in support of released birds, and promotes the recovery of habitat for other species of concern. Education programs are given to school and community groups encouraging the preservation of Guam’s natural resources. The section works to prevent the introduction of invasive species to Guam by providing technical assistance for import permits and aiding the development of policies and action groups to prevent the introduction of invasive species. Currently there are two public awareness campaigns focused on informing the public on the impacts invasive species can have on Guam and how they can help preserve natural Guam. One program focuses on getting the public’s help to locate coqui frogs before they become established on Guam. The second program involves the promotion of the biosecurity measures necessary to prevent incursions of unwanted species on Cocos Island where Guam rails are being introduced. Other work within the section involves the monitoring of native species populations on Guam to provide information to guide management activities and review of development project plans.
To manage Guam’s wildlife resources for the benefit of present and future generations and to recover endangered animal and plant species, manage sustainable populations of game species and promote public awareness of natural resources.
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