Scientific meetings

The last few weeks have been punctuated by a couple of scientific meetings where some of us at the OWCN presented talks. Week before last, I attended the American Ornithological Union meeting in San Diego where I gave a talk titled: Post-Release Studies of oiled wildlife: do data support rehabilitation?

Last week, Mike Ziccardi and I attended the Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) meeting in Long Beach.

Mike and Laird Henkel of OSPR put together a special session of talks called: Life and Death: identification, quantification, and reduction of mortality in seabirds.  In this session, we had some talks especially relevant to oil spill response including:

Nevins et al. DEMOGRAPHY OF MORTALITY FACTORS AFFECTING MARINE BIRDS IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, 2005 – 2009
Jessup et al. MARINE BIRD STRANDING EVEVT DUE TO A HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM PRODUCING A NOVEL PROTEIN SURFACTANT: KILLER FOAM
Gibble et al. THE 2009 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA BRANDT’S CORMORANT (PHALACROCORAX PENICILLATUS) DIE-OFF AND BREEDING FAILURE EVENT
Ellis and Courchesne CYCLIC MASS MORTALITY OF COMMON EIDERS AT CAPE COD, MA
Henkel et al. IMPACTS OF NATURAL PETROLEUM SEEPS ON MARINE BIRDS IN CALIFORNIA
Humple et al. DEMOGRAPHICS OF WINTERING WESTERN AND CLARK’S GREBES: INSIGHTS INTO DIFFERENTIAL WINTERING AND OIL SPILL IMPACTS
Dietrich and Fitzgerald VESSEL-SPECIFIC SEABIRD BYCATCH IN ALASKA DEMERSAL LONGLINE GROUNDFISH FISHERIES, 2004-2007
Good et al. SPECTERS IN THE SOUND: MORTALITY OF MARINE BIRDS FROM DERELICT FISHING GEAR IN PUGET SOUND AND THE NORTHWEST STRAITS
Warnock EFFECTS OF OIL SPILLS ON SHOREBIRDS: A REVIEW
De la Cruz et al. SURVIVAL OF REHABILITATED SURF SCOTERS (MELANITTA PERSPICILLATA) OILED DURING THE COSCO BUSAN SPILL ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY COMPARED TO UNOILED CONTROL GROUPS
Phillips et al. MODIFICATIONS TO REHABILITATION PROTOCOLS FOR NORTHERN FULMARS: POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS FOR OTHER PROCELLARIIDS
Ziccardi and Massey REDUCING MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY OF OIL-AFFECTED SEABIRDS – ADVANCES IN OILED WILDLIFE REHABILITATION PROTOCOLS AND TECHNIQUES

These meetings are exciting to go to and always informative.

Speaking of an exciting meeting, in September (7-11) up at Victoria, British Columbia, the first World Seabird Conference is being held.  That will be a terrific meeting so sign up soon.  The deadline for abstracts is coming up fast (5 Mar).

– Nils

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