2nd International Bird Observatory Conference

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Lead sponsorship provided by:


Conference Schedule

Here is an outline of the conference schedule, subject to change.  Registration is $300 and includes all conference sessions, poster reception and closing banquet. For a downloadable PDF of the Conference Program, click here.
Time   THURSDAY October 26
    Travel Day and Bird Observatorying
    EVENING
1700   Opening Reception and Social
1900   Opening address: David La Puma, Pete Dunne - New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory
    Passing the Torch and Linking us together with birdobservatories.com: Bjorn Malmhagen - Falsterbo Bird Observatory
     
Time   FRIDAY October 27
    SESSION 1: Lightning /Oral
0830 1.0 Origins, evolution, speciation, and ecology of observatories of birds. CJ Ralph -  U.S. Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Laboratory, Humboldt State University, Klamath and Humboldt Bay Bird Observatories.  
0915 1.1 Braddock Bay Bird Observatory: research and education on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Andrea Patterson - Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
0925 1.2 Using 55 years of data and birds-in-hand at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Lucas DeGroote - Powdermill Nature Reserve
0935 1.3 Creation of a non-song vocalization training tool. Ian Cruickshank - Rocky Point Bird Observatory
0945 1.4 Birds as a tool for place-making and place-making as a tool for raising awareness and empathy for birds -- the story of the choosing of the "Bird of Eilat'. Noam Weiss - The International Birding and Research Center, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel 
0955   BREAK
1025 1.5 Massive eruptions of finches along the St-Lawrence River. Pascal Cote - Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac
1035 1.6 Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory: Birth of a new bird observatory. Carl Schwartz - Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
1045 1.7 The Intermountain Bird Observatory: a university-based model. Gregory Kaltenecker - Intermountain Bird Observatory
1055 1.8 Quantifying key stopover habitat for migratory landbirds in northeastern North America: how can bird observatories contribute? Peter Paton - University of Rhode Island
1105 1.9 Hawk Ridge: over 40 years of research and education. Janelle Long - Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
1115 1.10 Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach: a private foundation for the study and protection of wild birds. Sophie Jacquier - Swiss Ornithological Institute
1130 1.11 The value of ‘old-school ornithology’ at bird observatories. Stephen Menzie - The Sound Approach
1145 1.12 The road to one million: a chronicle of a bird observatory's path to its one millionth bird banded.  Stu Mackenzie - Bird Studies Canada - Long Point Bird Observatory
1200   LUNCH
    SESSION 2: Research and Monitoring
1330 2 Tropical bird observatories: Uses and applications for science and conservation. Pablo Elizondo - Costa Rica Bird Observatories 
1400 2.1 Major stopover regions and migratory bottlenecks for Nearctic-Neotropical landbirds within the Neotropics. Nicholas Bayly - Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service.
1415 2.2 Research and education on Long-billed Curlews (Numenius americanus) throughout the annual cycle. Jay Carlisle - Intermountain Bird Observatory and Boise State University
1430 2.3 Use of ringing data from bird observatories. Kasper Thorup - University of Copenhagen
1445 2.4 The neck of the funnel: a strategic place for monitoring birds. Manuel Grosselet - Tierra de Aves
1500 2.5 Monitoring of songbird migration by bird banding at a stopover site in Korea National Park. Se-Young Park - Migratory Birds Center - Korea National Park Service
1515 2.6 Experimental manipulation of energetic condition affects orientation of White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) during fall and spring migration near a geographic water barrier. Mark Deutschlander - SUNY College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges
1530   BREAK
    SESSION 3: Outreach and Education
1600 3.1 Young persons exchanges between global bird observatories – how Cape May, Falsterbo & Spurn have seized an oppurtunity to enhance their collaboration and future development. Nick Whitehouse - Spurn Bird Observatory
1615 3.2 Tri-flyway innovations in education. Constance De Brun - on behalf of Manomet, Point Blue, and Jerusalem Bird Observatory.
1645 3.3 The importance of connecting science and research. Bjorn Malmhagen - Falsterbo Bird Observatory
1700 3.4 New Jersey Audubon's World Series of Birding: often imitated, never duplicated. Lillian Armstrong - New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory 
     
     
    EVENING
1730   Poster Session and Social
2000   Encouraging UK bird observatories' engagement with citizen science through interaction with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Paul Stancliffe - British Trust for Ornithology
     
Time   SATURDAY October 28
    SESSION 4: Outreach and Education
0830 4.0 Bird work as a product: the value of marketing. Kim Kaufman - Black Swamp Bird Observatory
0915 4.1 Building capacity in Chinese bird ringers – the creation of a guide for the ageing and sexing of migratory birds in northeast China. Gabriel Norevik - Ottenby Bird Observatory
0930 4.2 How birding festivals raise awareness and money. Lillian Armstrong - New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory 
0945 4.3 Engaging a traditional community: connecting a bird observatory with an English seaside town. Mark Pearson - Filey Bird Observatory 
1000 4.4 Bird observatory compliance with animal welfare laws. Ellen Paul - Ornithological Council
1015   BREAK
1045 4.5 The North American Banding Council: promoting sound and ethical banding principles across the Americas. Andrea Patterson - North American Banding Council
1100 4.6 How to make a bird observatory a hub of change towards local nature conservation. Noam Weiss - The International Birding and Research Center, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel 
1115 4.7 Educational curriculum highlighting the Broad-winged Hawk. Kirsten Fuller - Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
1130 4.8 Integrating science, stewardship and education at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. T. Luke George - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
1145 4.9 The positive effect of an urban bird observatory on wildlife education and conservation in urban areas in Israel. Amir Balaban  - The Jerusalem Bird Observatory 
1200   LUNCH
    SESSION 5:  Raptors
1330 5.0 Wielding the unique power of long-term bird observatory data – did Arctic sea ice change the Pacific Coast hawk migration in September 2012? Allen Fish - Golden Gate Raptor Observatory.
1400 5.1 A monitoring station in the middle of the desert - raptor migration count and a banding station on the intercontinental flyway -- any clues how they cross the desert? Noam Weiss - The International Birding and Research Center, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel 
1415 5.2 The River of Raptors project: learned experiences, conservation impact and potential collaborations for the future. Elisa Peresbarbarbosa - Pronatura Veracruz
1430 5.3 Migration timing and population facts at the Veracruz River of Raptors. Kashmir Wolf - Pronatura Veracruz
1445 5.4 Long-term monitoring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and detected adjustments in migratory phenology on a continental scale. J.F. Therrien - Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
1500 5.5 What curriculum can do for our rarely-loved raptors. Zoey Greenberg - Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
1515 5.6 Monitoring of breeding and foraging birds on shoreline meadows at Lake Hornborgasjön. Lotta Berg - Lake Hornborgasjön Bird Observatory
1530   BREAK
    SESSION 6: BRAINSTORMING BREAKOUTS 
1600    
     
    EVENING
1730   Explore area; dinner on your own
     
     
Time   SUNDAY October 29
     
0830 7.0 A bird observatory model: using birds as indicators and observation-based science to catalyze ecosystem conservation. John Alexander - Klamath Bird Observatory
    SESSION 7: Lightning and Studying migration with technology
0915 7.1 Love thy neighbour - How to turn two adjoining bird observatories from the worst of enemies into a model partnership. Mark Pearson - Filey Bird Observatory
0925 7.2 Monitoring and assessing conservation effectiveness with the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. T. Luke George - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
0935 7.3 Understanding thrush migration using an innovative radio-telemetry network. Camille Marchand - Laval University and Tadoussac Bird Observatory
0945 7.4 Seasonal and Diel Patterns of Fall Waterbird Migration Along New Jersey's Atlantic Coast. David Mizrahi - New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory
1000   BREAK
1030 7.5 Acoustic monitoring of nocturnal migration in Europe. Magnus Robb - The Sound Approach
1045 7.6 The Motus Wildlife Tracking System: opportunities for advancing bird observatory migration research. Stu Mackenzie - Bird Studies Canada - Long Point Bird Observatory
1100 7.7 Bird monitoring now and into the future: understanding and harnessing technology to answer big questions. Michael Lanzone - Cellular Tracking Technologies
     
1200   LUNCH
    SESSION 8: Networks
1330 8.0 The whole is more than the sum of its parts: bird observatory networks. Erica Dunn – Canadian Migration Monitoring Network 
1400 8.1 NGO and governmental cooperation - opportunities and setbacks -- the establishment of the national network of bird observatories in Israel. Dan Alon - The Israel Ornithological Centre, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.   
1415 8.2 Many hands make light work: building community engagement through partnerships. Patti Campsall - Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation - Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory
1430 8.3 Three peninsulas are better than one: the friendship agreement between Cape May, Falsterbo and Spurn Bird Observatories. David La Puma - New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory
1445 8.4 Building Maryland’s first bird observatory network. Chris Eberly - Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership
1500 8.5 Value added in bird monitoring through networks of capture and banding stations providing new insights on climate flucuations. C.J. Ralph - U.S. Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Laboratory, Humboldt State University, Klamath and Humboldt Bay Bird Observatories. 
1515 8.6 The advancing rate of spring migration phenology in Europe and North America. Mans Karlsson - Falsterbo Bird Observatory
1530   BREAK
    SESSION 9: Summaries of session 6, wrap-up and the future
1600    
     
    EVENING
1730   Closing Banquet: Buffet and Social. Sponsored by Cellular Tracking Technologies
2000   Tracking forward: bird migration in the age of big data and observation. Andrew Farnsworth - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Conference At-A-Glance:
Thursday, October 26th
  • Sign In
  • Explore
  • Opening Reception with Cash Bar and hors d’oeuvres

Friday, October 27th

  • Morning Plenary
  • Observatory Lightning Talks
  • Oral Presentations
  • Lunch break (not provided)
  • Afternoon Perspective Plenaries
  • Oral Presentations
  • Happy Hour and Poster Session with Cash Bar and hors d’oeuvres

Saturday, October 28th

  • Morning Plenary
  • Observatory Lightning Talks
  • Oral Presentations
  • Lunch break (not provided)
  • Afternoon Perspective Plenaries
  • Oral Presentations
  • Evening on your own in Cape May

Sunday, October 29th

  • Morning Plenary
  • Observatory Lightning Talks
  • Oral Presentations
  • Lunch break (not provided)
  • Afternoon Perspective Plenaries
  • Oral Presentations
  • Closing Reception with Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar

Monday, October 30th – FIELD TRIPS!

  • Cape May Triple Play Migration Count Sites (trolley trip, $)
  • Monday Morning at the Meadows, bird walk with Pete Dunne (included in registration)
  • Visit to Active Raptor Banding Blind

 
Main topics will include:

  • Research, Monitoring, and Conservation through Bird Observatories
  • Public Outreach, Education and Birding in Observatory Development, Sustainability and Impact
  • Conservation Applications
  • The Raptor ‘Observatory’ - Raptor Monitoring in the Americas
  • Research and Monitoring around the globe
  • Bird Network Science

 

 

 

 

 





 

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