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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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    Field trips

    05:30  -  23:00
    Bird watching in Sierra La Laguna - Wed
    Travel to San Antonio de la Sierra to birdwatch inside the UNESCO Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The flora of this vegetation “island” within the arid Peninsula has a remarkable level of diversity and spatial heterogeneity including the only oak-pine forest in the state and the only low elevation, dry forest on the peninsula. The fauna is likewise diverse, with 108 arthropod, two amphibian, 27 reptile and 30 mammal species reported. There have been 111 bird species observed here, either resident or migratory, of which 17 are protected and three are threatened. Three out of the four endemic species of the peninsula as well as up to 24 endemic subspecies can be found here. Trip includes: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, return transportation from Hotel Perla. Field trip logistics: The van will leave Hotel Perla at 5:30 AM and travel south for 2-hours to the San Antonio area. The tour will stop at five or six observation points throughout the day that will each require walking 300 to 1,200 meters. The estimated return time to Hotel Perla is 11 PM. What to bring: Comfortable clothing and shoes, good for walking on rugged terrain. Bring sunscreen and hat. A light fleece is recommended.
    Fee  Optional 
    06:00  -  19:30
    Whale watching - Wed
    Travel to Bahia Magdalena to watch whales. This lagoon is famous for close encounters with grey whales that have migrated 6,000 miles to this protected, relatively warm water to mate and give birth. Dolphins and turtles are frequently observed on this day trip and pelagic seabirds occasionally enter the lagoon. We will have the opportunity to disembark onto a barrier island to walk to a roosting site (formerly a colony) of magnificent frigatebirds. There are also double-crested cormorants, brown pelicans, reddish and white egrets, and a few bald eagles in the area. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. What does the field trip include? Snacks, drinks, lunch, bilingual guide, transport La Paz-Puerto Chale-La Paz, boat ride. Field trip logistics: The van will depart Hotel La Perla at 6 AM and will head 150 km north to Puerto Chale. From Puerto Chale, we will travel by boat (panga) to the whale-watching area where we will spend about two hours before heading to the sand dunes for a walk. We will start the return trip at around 4 PM and arrive in La Paz at approximately 7:30 PM. What to bring? A boat trip on the Pacific can be chilly, so dress warmly for the ride. Be prepared for a warm and humid walk on the island. Bring a hat, windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bring your camera.
    Fee  Optional 
    08:00  -  18:00
    Espiritu Santo - Wed
    Take a one hour ride in a covered boat from La Paz to Espiritu Santo to some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Our first stop will be Los Islotes, to snorkel with gregarious sea lion pups and an impressive array of fish. We will then travel south and visit several stunning beaches and coral reefs along the way. Finally, we will kayak within a pristine archipelago, paddling within meters of the largest magnificent frigatebird colony in the Northwest of Mexico. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. Trip includes: Lunch, drinks, bilingual guide, wetsuit, snorkel kits, double kayaks. Field trip logistics: Before the conference, field trip information on the logistics and recommended gear will be emailed to people who have registered. What to bring: Swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, waterproof camera.
    Fee  Optional 
    08:00  -  12:00
    Whale Shark trip - Wed AM
    Swim with the largest fish on Earth! You will travel by boat into beautiful La Paz Bay, where juvenile whale sharks congregate during the winter to feed on plankton. If these trips fill up, a waiting list will be started and additional trips may be possible. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. Trip includes: Snacks, drinks, bilingual guide, wetsuit, snorkel kit. Field trip logistics: This is a 3.5-4 hour boat trip, depending on the location of the whale sharks. You will spend about two hours swimming with whale sharks before returning to La Paz. What to bring: Swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, waterproof camera.
    Fee  Optional  Closed 
     

    Committee mtgs

    08:00  -  12:00
    Marbled Murrelet Technical Committee
    Sala Madre Perla, Hotel Perla
     Optional 
    08:00  -  17:00
    Pacific Seabird Group Executive Council Meeting
    Salón El Mechudo, Hotel Perla
    Annual in-person meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group Executive Council. All are welcome. There will be a one-hour break for lunch 12:00-13:00.
     Optional 
    08:00  -  12:00
    Scripps' and Guadalupe Murrelets Technical Committee
    El Punto Mexico Conectado
     Optional 
    08:00  -  12:00
    Seabird Monitoring Committee
    Sala Madre Perla, Hotel Perla
     Optional 
    11:00  -  12:00
    Kittlitz’s Murrelet Technical Committee
    Sala de Reuniones, Centro Cultural La Paz
     Optional 
     

    Field trips

    13:00  -  17:00
    Whale Shark trip - Wed PM
    Swim with the largest fish on Earth! You will travel by boat into beautiful La Paz Bay, where juvenile whale sharks congregate during the winter to feed on plankton. If these trips fill up, a waiting list will be started and additional trips may be possible. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. Trip includes: Snacks, drinks, bilingual guide, wetsuit, snorkel kit. Field trip logistics: This is a 3.5-4 hour boat trip, depending on the location of the whale sharks. You will spend about two hours swimming with whale sharks before returning to La Paz. What to bring: Swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, waterproof camera.
    Fee  Optional  Closed 
     

    Committee mtgs

    13:00  -  17:00
    Aleutian Tern Technical Committee
    Sala de Reuniones, Centro Cultural La Paz
     Optional 
    13:00  -  16:00
    North Pacific Albatross Working Group
    El Punto Mexico Conectado
    Working group participants will meet to share updates and discuss their current research, conservation, and management activities focused on the ecology, conservation, and management of North Pacific albatrosses. A range of subjects, initiatives, and challenges will be discussed. The meeting is structured to facilitate invited working group presenters and is open to everyone. Space may be limited.
     Optional 
    13:00  -  17:00
    Tufted Puffin Technical Committee
    Sala Madre Perla, Hotel Perla
     Optional 
    15:00  -  17:00
    Northeast Asia Seabird Conservation Committee
    Sala Madre Perla, Hotel Perla
     Optional 
     

    Networking

    18:00  -  20:00
    Welcome Reception
    Greetings and welcome
     Optional 
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
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    Plenary talk

    08:00  -  09:30
    Plenary 1 - Dr. Juan Esteban Martinez
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    This talk will provide a retrospective tour on the breeding grounds of Townsend´s Shearwater on Socorro and Clarion islands since 1993. After a brief historical introduction on the discovery of the species and its breeding grounds by early explorers, I will describe the distribution, habitat, activity patterns and main threats for the species on Socorro Island and the rediscovery of the species on Clarion Island. I will conclude by emphasizing the importance of habitat integrity, reduced anthropogenic disturbance and responsible eradication protocols as the key factors to guarantee the recovery of this critically endangered species.
     Optional 
     

    Workshops

    09:30  -  12:00
    Drone Workshop
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    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.
     Optional 
     

    Special Sessions

    10:00  -  12:00
    Special Session: Seabird Restoration
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    Seabird populations around the world have declined due to 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 increment 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 attractions 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 round table group discussion.
     Optional 
     

    Contributed talks

    10:00  -  12:00
    Behavior
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks about seabird behavior
     Optional 
    10:00  -  12:00
    Conservation Biology
    Salón Loreto II, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
     

    Special Sessions

    13:30  -  17:30
    Symposium: Conservation needs in NW Mexico
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    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 round table 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.
     Optional 
     

    Contributed talks

    13:30  -  15:00
    Climate Change/Genetics
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
    13:30  -  16:00
    Contaminants
    Salón Loreto II, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
    15:30  -  16:30
    Non-breeding Biology
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
    16:00  -  16:30
    Physiology
    Salón Loreto II, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
     

    Plenary talk

    16:30  -  17:30
    Plenary 2 - Dr. Michael Brooke
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    This presentation offers a 25-year overview of seabird research and conservation efforts in the four Pitcairn Islands, both aspects hugely facilitated by the technical advances of recent decades.
     Optional 
     

    Workshops

    17:30  -  18:30
    Passive Acoustics Monitoring Workshop
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    Acoustic recorders provide a non-invasive and cost-effective technique to assess species biodiversity within a region. This is especially true for seabird research, where study sites may be difficult to access, and timing and conditions make traditional methods of monitoring challenging. This hands-on workshop will teach participants the features and set up of the Song Meter SM4 recorder, how to create recording schedules, and how to use our configurator software to estimate battery and card space needed. We recommend you download the free Song Meter SM4 Configurator at https://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/download/song-meter-configurators in advance of the workshop. At the end of the workshop, a few prizes will be raffled to participants. Limited space available. To participate in this workshop, please sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZNLGRM3.
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Posters

    18:00  -  20:00
    Poster Session
    Sala de Reuniones, Centro Cultural La Paz
    Poster session
     Optional 
  • Friday, February 23, 2018
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    Plenary talk

    08:00  -  09:30
    Plenary 3 - Dr. Stephen Votier
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    Understanding biological responses to global change requires insight into processes from individuals to populations. Marine biomes are changing with great rapidity and for long-lived species like seabirds, behavioural adjustments may provide a more sensitive barometer than changes at the population-level. The bio-logging revolution has enabled us to study animal behaviour in great detail and potentially understand better responses to a changing world. Here I provide insight into how 12 years of tracking has improved our knowledge of behaviour and distribution of northern gannets Morus bassanus in the North Atlantic. I outline research on individual, sex-specific and colony-specific differences in habitat use and how social information, oceanography and fisheries shape these. I also discuss the value of long-term single species studies and whether they have a place in science today or in the future.
     Optional 
     

    Special Sessions

    10:00  -  12:00
    Special Session: Harry Carter
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    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.
     Optional 
    10:00  -  15:00
    Symposium: Sternula terns
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    This symposium will to bring together researchers working on all aspects of the biology, natural history and conservation of the Sternula terns. We will focus on 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, reduction of human disturbance at nesting sites. We wish to 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.
     Optional 
     

    Contributed talks

    10:00  -  17:00
    Foraging Ecology
    Salón Loreto II, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
    13:30  -  15:00
    Management, Policy, and Planning
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
     

    Workshops

    15:30  -  17:00
    Hot Topics Round Table
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    A moderated 1.5-hour session to discuss the unusual nearshore ocean conditions in 2017 which appeared to affect seabirds and the ocean food web in the California Current ecosystem, and possibly to the north (Gulf of Alaska) and south (tropics/Peru Current) of it as well.
     Optional 
     

    Contributed talks

    15:30  -  17:00
    Conservation Biology - Hawai'i
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
     

    Networking

    17:00  -  18:30
    Student Mentoring Reception
    Hotel Araiza
    This social event is an opportunity for students to meet and learn from PSG’s members representing academia, government, NGOs, and private consulting and discuss with them careers in teaching, research, management, and policy. We encourage participation from all career stages and professions as mentors (e.g., early career scientists, mid or late career professionals).
     Optional 
    18:00  -  22:00
    Beach Party
    Parque Acuatico El Coromuel
    Mingle on the beach with drinks after the Mentor event and the Awards Reception
     Optional 
     

    Meals

    18:30  -  21:00
    Special and Lifetime Achievement Awards Reception
    Hotel Marina
    Come celebrate our Special and Lifetime Achievement awardees! Seated dinner will be provided, along with unlimited juice and soda, one beer, and cash bar. Shuttle buses will be available after the dinner for those who want to join the Beach Party.
     Optional 
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018
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    Plenary talk

    08:00  -  09:30
    Plenary 4 - Dr. Enriqueta Velarde
    The Gulf of California is a very productive sea located at the boundary between temperate and tropical Pacific waters. Its complex bathymetry, presence of multitude of islands, and strong winds and tidal currents provide this marine area with a variety of environments that allow the presence of a rich array of seabird species, excellent conditions for their reproduction and the presence of quasi-endemic species. This relatively small and young section of ocean harbors a rich species diversity, some of them visiting from across the globe, and large nesting populations of several seabird species. Past and recent human direct and indirect threats pose risks to this valuable natural capital. The study and conservation of this priceless region of our planet is one of our most important tasks as scientists and members of the human society.
     Optional 
     

    Contributed talks

    10:00  -  15:00
    Breeding Biology
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
    10:00  -  11:30
    Fisheries
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
    10:00  -  12:00
    Tools and Techniques
    Salón Loreto II, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
     

    Special Sessions

    11:30  -  17:30
    Special session: Seabird bycatch in purse-seine fisheries
    Salón Comondú, Hotel Araiza
    Purse seine fisheries are among the most widely distributed and abundant activities in industrial scale, both in large scale for tuna, and small-scale targeting for forage fish in coastal areas worldwide. However, these activities are scarcely understood in its impacts on non-target taxa such as seabirds. This special paper session is a key opportunity to invite stakeholders related to this region and share experiences and start collaborative initiatives with the ongoing research and management actions towards the conservation of seabirds affected by purse seine fisheries in the Pacific Rim of the American continent and beyond.
     Optional 
     

    Contributed talks

    13:30  -  16:30
    Tracking and Distribution
    Salón Loreto II, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
    15:30  -  16:30
    Population Biology
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    Contributed talks
     Optional 
     

    Plenary talk

    16:30  -  17:30
    Plenary 5 - Dr. Robert Pitman
    Salón Loreto I, Hotel Araiza
    Tiny, uninhabited, and French-owned, Clipperton Island lies half-way between the tip of Baja California and the equator. One of the most isolated islands in the world, its barren, 1.6 sq. km is teeming with raucous bird-life: home to perhaps half of the world’s Masked Boobies (100,000+ individuals), the world’s second largest Brown Booby colony (ca. 25,000), and various other nesting seabirds. This talk will present a tour of the island, introduce its inhabitants, and discuss our research on Masked Booby feeding ecology conducted during a French scientific expedition to the island in 2005. Although the introductions of pigs, plants, and rats at various times have whip-sawed the terrestrial ecology, to date most of the damage from these events has been reversible. However, with an average elevation of only 2-3 m, sea-level rise and increased hurricane intensity, both consequences of a warming planet, are currently on course to swallow up one of the most important booby colonies on Earth.
     Optional 
     

    Meals

    18:00  -  20:00
    Banquet
    Galería Galería Garden
    Fee  Optional 
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018
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    Field trips

    05:30  -  23:00
    Bird watching in Sierra La Laguna - Sun
    Travel to San Antonio de la Sierra to birdwatch inside the UNESCO Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The flora of this vegetation “island” within the arid Peninsula has a remarkable level of diversity and spatial heterogeneity including the only oak-pine forest in the state and the only low elevation, dry forest on the peninsula. The fauna is likewise diverse, with 108 arthropod, two amphibian, 27 reptile and 30 mammal species reported. There have been 111 bird species observed here, either resident or migratory, of which 17 are protected and three are threatened. Three out of the four endemic species of the peninsula as well as up to 24 endemic subspecies can be found here. Trip includes: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, return transportation from Hotel Perla. Field trip logistics: The van will leave Hotel Perla at 5:30 AM and travel south for 2-hours to the San Antonio area. The tour will stop at five or six observation points throughout the day that will each require walking 300 to 1,200 meters. The estimated return time to Hotel Perla is 11 PM. What to bring: Comfortable clothing and shoes, good for walking on rugged terrain. Bring sunscreen and hat. A light fleece is recommended.
    Fee  Optional 
    06:00  -  19:30
    Whale watching - Sun
    Travel to Bahia Magdalena to watch whales. This lagoon is famous for close encounters with grey whales that have migrated 6,000 miles to this protected, relatively warm water to mate and give birth. Dolphins and turtles are frequently observed on this day trip and pelagic seabirds occasionally enter the lagoon. We will have the opportunity to disembark onto a barrier island to walk to a roosting site (formerly a colony) of magnificent frigatebirds. There are also double-crested cormorants, brown pelicans, reddish and white egrets, and a few bald eagles in the area. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. What does the field trip include? Snacks, drinks, lunch, bilingual guide, transport La Paz-Puerto Chale-La Paz, boat ride. Field trip logistics: The van will depart Hotel La Perla at 6 AM and will head 150 km north to Puerto Chale. From Puerto Chale, we will travel by boat (panga) to the whale-watching area where we will spend about two hours before heading to the sand dunes for a walk. We will start the return trip at around 4 PM and arrive in La Paz at approximately 7:30 PM. What to bring? A boat trip on the Pacific can be chilly, so dress warmly for the ride. Be prepared for a warm and humid walk on the island. Bring a hat, windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bring your camera.
    Fee  Optional 
    08:00  -  18:00
    Espiritu Santo - Sun
    Take a one hour ride in a covered boat from La Paz to Espiritu Santo to some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Our first stop will be Los Islotes, to snorkel with gregarious sea lion pups and an impressive array of fish. We will then travel south and visit several stunning beaches and coral reefs along the way. Finally, we will kayak within a pristine archipelago, paddling within meters of the largest magnificent frigatebird colony in the Northwest of Mexico. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. Trip includes: Lunch, drinks, bilingual guide, wetsuit, snorkel kits, double kayaks. Field trip logistics: Before the conference, field trip information on the logistics and recommended gear will be emailed to people who have registered. What to bring: Swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, waterproof camera.
    Fee  Optional  Closed 
    08:00  -  12:00
    Whale Shark trip - Sun AM
    Swim with the largest fish on Earth! You will travel by boat into beautiful La Paz Bay, where juvenile whale sharks congregate during the winter to feed on plankton. If these trips fill up, a waiting list will be started and additional trips may be possible. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. Trip includes: Snacks, drinks, bilingual guide, wetsuit, snorkel kit. Field trip logistics: This is a 3.5-4 hour boat trip, depending on the location of the whale sharks. You will spend about two hours swimming with whale sharks before returning to La Paz. What to bring: Swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, waterproof camera.
    Fee  Optional  Closed 
    13:00  -  17:00
    Whale Shark trip - Sun PM
    Swim with the largest fish on Earth! You will travel by boat into beautiful La Paz Bay, where juvenile whale sharks congregate during the winter to feed on plankton. If these trips fill up, a waiting list will be started and additional trips may be possible. For more information on this day trip check the Eco Migrations website. Trip includes: Snacks, drinks, bilingual guide, wetsuit, snorkel kit. Field trip logistics: This is a 3.5-4 hour boat trip, depending on the location of the whale sharks. You will spend about two hours swimming with whale sharks before returning to La Paz. What to bring: Swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, waterproof camera.
    Fee  Optional 
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