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Scientific Program

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Abstract Submission now closed. Notifications will be sent by Fri 15 Dec 2017.

We are looking forward to a strong scientific program in La Paz!  As in past years, the 45th PSG Annual Meeting will include invited and contributed papers and 5 fantastic plenary speakers.  We have three (3) Special Paper Sessions, two (2) Symposia, and one workshop.  Contributed sessions include topics familiar to PSG members such as breeding biology, conservation biology, and tracking & distribution. The strength of those sessions will depend on you and your wonderful presentations.

Please see the Agenda tab to view the schedule. Students, see the Student tab for tips on preparing presentations and posters for the Student Paper Awards.

Please click here for Oral and Poster Presentation Guidelines.

See you in La Paz!

Adrian Gall, Scientific Program Chair

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Abstract Format

Abstracts must conform to the guidelines below or they will not be accepted. We recommend that you write your abstract in a word processing application and then copy and paste into Cvent. Please have all the names, email addresses, and affiliations of the co-authors. Cvent will accept an unlimited number of co-authors for registration.  All of the authors can be listed on your presentation or poster. See additional information below about Abstract Format. You can submit your abstract without completing payment for registration at this time but remember to return and pay before the early bird registration deadline. After this date, regular rates apply and a $50 fee is automatically added to your registration.

  • English language
  • Title: Up to 125 characters, with spaces
  • Abstract text: Up to 1,750 characters, with spaces (~250 words)
  • Authors: Provide names, affiliations and email addresses for an unlimited number of co-authors
  • Presenting Author: Indicate the presenter and provide email address
  • Corresponding Author: If different than presenter, provide name and email address of corresponding author. For example, if the presenting author will be in the field.
  • Cvent cannot accept pictures, tables, or graphs.
  • Include species names for all seabirds and other taxa.  Place in parentheses after the common name.
  • Avoid acronyms; spell out when necessary.
  • Abstracts should contain four main elements: i) context or background information, ii) methodology or approach, iii) results or findings, iv) discussion and conclusion.

Contributed Sessions

Oral presentations will be grouped by topic and depending on the number of contributors, topics may be combined in one session.  Please select a topic in Cvent when you submit your abstract – we will do our best to accommodate authors’ preferences for oral or poster presentations.

  • Behaviour
  • Breeding Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation Biology
  • Contaminants & Marine Debris
  • Fisheries
  • Foraging Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Management, Policy, and/or Planning
  • Non-breeding Biology
  • Physiology
  • Population Biology
  • Tools & Techniques
  • Tracking & Distribution

Special Paper Sessions and Symposia

The 2018 annual meeting has three Special Paper Sessions and two Symposia. Please read the descriptions below and contact the session conveners if you are interested in contributing an abstract. To submit an abstract, please select from the dropdown menu on the Abstract Manager.

Special Paper Sessions

Seabird Restoration
Convener: Yuliana Bedoya (Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, A. C.)

Seabird populations around the world have declined due to different threats such as invasive alien species, contaminants, oil spills, bycatch, fisheries, climate change, and ocean acidification. Conventional restoration actions –the eradication of invasive mammals, habitat restoration- alone are inadequate to effectively restore seabird colonies that were extirpated or decimated. Increasingly, restoration projects in the Pacific Ocean are supplemented with active seabird restoration to ensure the recolonization and recovery of breeding colonies. This special paper session will present a wide variety of ambitious projects that currently employ novel techniques to restore seabird populations (social attraction techniques, translocation). Papers will include case studies from the Channel Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Mexican Pacific islands, and others. Talks will present different methods, recent success histories, and the adaptive management to succeed. The seabird restoration projects can be used as models for future projects. The session will conclude with a roundtable group discussion.

Impact of purse-seine fisheries on seabird bycatch: in search of mitigation measures and industry involvement 
Conveners: Enriqueta Velarde (Universidad Veracruzana), Cristian Suazo (BirdLife International), and Dan Anderson (UC Davis)

This session will bring together Mexican government officials that work on environmental and fisheries issues with fishers and seabird biologists to address issues of seabird bycatch in commercial fishing. The session will include presentations by representatives of each stakeholder group.

Harry Carter’s Legacy
Conveners: Trudy Chatwin (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations ), Nina Karnovsky (Pomona College), and Kuniko Otsuki (Marine Bird Restoration Group)

The late Harry R. Carter designed, guided, and inspired seabird research and conservation efforts across the globe. In this Special Paper Session, co-authors, collaborators, and people whose work was influenced by Harry Carter will present the research that is part of his legacy. This collection of presentations and posters will celebrate the tremendous impact that he continues to have on the work of many members of the Pacific Seabird Group.  


Conservation and Research of the Sternula Terns in the Pacific
Convener: Thomas Ryan (Ryan Ecological Consulting)

This symposium will bring together researchers working on all aspects of the biology, natural history, and conservation of the Sternula terns. We will focus on aspects of the conservation of two species of conservation concern, the Peruvian tern (Sternula lorata) and the least tern (Sternula antillarum). We wish to share experiences in community-based science and outreach, monitoring protocols, management of predators and habitat, and reduction of human disturbance at nesting sites. We also will share current research regarding movement and migration, and population ecology. In addition to publishing individual papers based on the presentations, we plan to create a manual in both Spanish and English with monitoring and capture methods, and sample data forms.

Conservation needs in northwestern Mexico
Conveners: Yuri Albores (UABCS) and Gustavo Danemann (Pronatura Noroeste)

Many seabird experts that work in northwestern Mexico will be attending the PSG conference in La Paz, 2018. The objective of this symposium is to identify conservation needs in northwestern Mexico and to identify collaborations and alliances to address these conservation needs. This session will consist of oral presentations followed by a 2-hr roundtable discussion to identify and prioritize conservation objectives. The outcome of this session will be a manuscript (or manuscripts) reviewing seabird conservation issues and making recommendations for further actions in northwestern Mexico.


Using Drones or UAVs to Study and Conserve Seabirds and Other Birds
Conveners: David Bird (McGill University) and Emile Brisson Curadeau

Small unmanned vehicle systems (UAVS; aka drones) are gaining in popularity among wildlife biologists and managers all over the world for conducting population surveys, tracking radio-tagged animals, sensing and observing animals in sequestered or dangerous places, mapping and monitoring wild habitats, and deterring poachers.  Since 2006,  Dr. David Bird and his students and collaborators have experimented with using a fixed-wing UAVS to monitor the abundance of nesting common terns (Sterna hirundo) and murres, to map breeding habitat, to find nests by detecting heat signatures, to radiotrack songbirds, and to disperse nuisance birds such as starlings from vineyards and blueberry crops.  Compared to using manned light airplanes or helicopters, flying drones can be cheaper, greener, less obtrusive, and much safer. However, UAV technology is still in its infancy.  This workshop summarizes the above research, as well as that of others in the field of ornithology, and discusses the positive and negative sides of using drones for avian research and management.  It should prove invaluable to anyone considering or currently using drones to study seabirds, as well as other bird groups.

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