Pacific Seabird Group Conference Update

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Last week I returned from Portland where I attended the 40th annual Pacific Seabird Group conference.  Despite it being in rainy Portland (as opposed to sunny Hawaii as last year), this conference was the best attended to date, with over 300 people.  During the three days that I was in Portland I heard some excellent talks about a wide range of topics, ranging from contaminants in seabirds, visual acuity of storm petrels, restoration of seabird colonies, and everything in between.  In addition to a wide range of talks and posters, there were two special sessions entitled, “Marbled Murrelets, From Seas to Trees – New Science on Ecology and Management” and “Seabirds and Marine Spatial Planning”.  An excellent talk was given by Hannah Nevins (co-authors were Stori Oates and Colleen Young) on “Improvements in oiled seabird rehabilitation – use of infrared thermography”, and Julia Burco presented some interesting information in her talk entitled, “Chronic (Aspergillus) exposure as an underlying cause of gull mortality at the urban-wildlife interface of San Francisco Bay, California (co-authored with Stori Oates, Mike Ziccardi, Laird Henkel, Asli Mete, and Melissa Miller).  All in all a truly inspiring meeting!

Kyra.

 

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