What role does the Central Flyway play in setting regulations?

The Central Flyway Council, consisting of representatives from state and provincial game-management agencies, recommend regulations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for waterfowl, most migratory shore and upland game birds, and migratory nongame birds. The Council is advised by the Flyway’s technical committees.

The Council’s three technical committees, made up of state, provincial and territorial biologists, perform technical assessments and reviews of various migratory bird issues. Committee members meet annually to review the status of populations of relevant bird species, discuss current research, monitoring, and management issues regarding migratory birds, and develop recommendations for migratory game bird hunting seasons and other regulatory actions proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Council reviews and revises these recommendations before forwarding them to the Service.

The Service's Division of Migratory Bird Management (DMBM), with advice from biologists in the Service's Regional Offices, evaluates the Council recommendations, considering species status and biology, cumulative effects of regulations, and existing regulatory policy, and makes recommendations to the Service's Regulations Committee, which consists of members of the Service Directorate. The Service Regulations Committee considers both the Council and DMBM recommendations, then forwards its recommendations for annual regulations to the Service Director.