We are pleased to announce that the 6th International Sea Duck Conference (6th ISDC) will be held from 6-9 February 2017 in Tiburon near San Francisco, California at the Corinthian Yacht Club and Lodge at Tiburon.
The theme of the 6th ISDC will be: “From Bay to Boreal: Challenges of Full Annual Cycle Management of Sea Ducks” and will include plenary talks by leading experts on sea duck ecology as well as wide-ranging topics including effects of climate change, harvest management, migration ecology, population modeling, productivity, and challenges faced on the wintering grounds. Field trips will be organized to visit sea ducks in their wintering habitats immediately following the conference on 10–11 February.
The 6th International Sea Duck Conference will be hosted along the north bay of San Francisco in the town of Tiburon, Marin County. Tiburon is easily accessible by 3 international airports (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose) and can be reached by car, bus, shuttle or ferry from downtown. We will be staying at the charming Lodge at Tiburon which will host the Welcome Reception, Poster Session, and Workshops. The conference’s plenary speakers and oral presentations will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Corinthian Yacht Club, just a short walk from the Lodge. The Corinthian Yacht Club, founded in 1886 is one of the oldest, most beloved, prominent landmarks in the San Francisco area and known for its stunning Colonial Revival architectural structure and unobstructed panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, Angels Island, Treasure Island, Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline.
Susan De La Cruz, Western Ecological Research Center, US Geological Survey
Fritz Reid, Director of Conservation Programs, Western Regional, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
John Takekawa, Director of San Francisco Bay Programs, Audubon California
Tim Bowman, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Representative
Richard Hearn, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, European Representative
Scott McWilliams, Professor, University of Rhode Island, Science Chair
Samantha Richman, US Geological Survey, Conference Coordinator
Diana Solovyeva, Institute of Biological Problems of the North, Asian Representative
Sam Iverson, Environment Canada, Canadian Representative
Scott McWilliams, Science Chair, Professor, University of Rhode Island
Sean Boyd, Science & Technology Branch, Environment Canada
Dan Esler, Alaska Science Center, US Geological Survey
Kevin Kenow, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, US Geological Survey
Jim Lovvorn, Professor, Southern Illinois University
Abby Powell, Unit Leader, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Florida
Jean Pierre Savard, Science & Technology Branch, Environment Canada, retired
The theme of the 6th ISDC will be: “From Bay to Boreal: Challenges of Full Annual Cycle Management of Sea Ducks” and offers three full days of scientific presentations and discussions, evening workshops and a poster session. A field trip is being planned following the 3-day science program. Each day of the science program starts with a plenary speaker that is then followed by three consecutive thematic sessions that include contributed oral presentations on a wide range of contemporary topics such as the following: adaptive management, breeding ecology, resource selection during winter and migration, foraging ecology and nutrition, carryover effects and reproductive success, innovative techniques for sea duck studies, disease ecology, population dynamics. A featured session focuses on “Planning Restoration and Recovery for Sea Ducks Injured in Coastal Oil Spills.”
We invite all scientists who study sea ducks to submit abstracts for consideration in the contributed oral presentation sessions or the evening poster session. We especially encourage submissions by student presenters (undergraduate and graduate) and will offer four (4) student travel awards ($500) to the highest ranking abstracts by the Science Committee. See special instructions for STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS. Deadline to submit your abstract is 16 September 2016!
Monday, 6 February 2017, 9 am – 5 pm
Overview: On this journey we will stop at several wetland restoration sites in the North Bay to witness firsthand the recovery of wetlands in the region. Locations include stops in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties (with projects at Napa Sonoma Marshes, Cullinan Ranch, Skaggs Island, and Sears Point and Sonoma Baylands). The trip will include a no-host lunch and wine tasting at Viansa – a bird and wetland restoration friendly winery. This field trip will be a good introduction of the area for Tuesday’s Special Session on the Restoration of Recovery of Sea Ducks Injured in Coastal Oil Spills, hosted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey. More info on all the projects can be found at San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Depart: Lodge at Tiburon, Monday, 6 February 2017, 9 am
Return: Lodge at Tiburon, Monday, 6 February 2017, 5 pm
Deadline: Space is limited; deadline to sign up is 1 December 2016
Friday, 10 February 2017, 6:30 am – 5 pm
Overview: This all-day excursion brings us into the inland Delta which comprises one of the largest wetland restoration efforts in western North America. We will tour the inland waterways at a time when bird life is abundant with overwintering flocks of Lesser Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Greater White-fronted Geese, Grebes, Surf Scoters, as well as numerous shorebirds and a few seabirds too! We will depart the Lodge at Tiburon at 8 am by bus to Antioch Harbor (about 1.5 h) and board the Dolphin Charter boat. Boat tours last about 5 hours and a boxed lunch will be provided along with coffee, tea, and water.
Depart: Friday, 10 February 2017, 6:30 am
Return: Friday, 10 February 2017, 5 pm
Deadline: Space is limited; deadline to sign up is 16 December 2016
Friday, 10 February 2017, 9 am to Sunday, 12 February 2017, 5 pm
Overview: This two-night excursion to Point Reyes National Seashore and North Marin County will take us north along Highway 1 with stops at Stinson Beach before arriving at the beautiful Marconi Conference Center on Tomales Bay for dinner. On Saturday morning following breakfast (included), we will tour the area stopping at various sites of interest including the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse where whales are often sighted, Cypress Grove in Marshall (Audubon Canyon Ranch), Inverness, Tomales State Park, and Abbot’s Lagoon. We should see a multitude of birds including surf scoters, bufflehead, black brant, ruddy ducks, grebes, shorebirds, and seabirds! We will return to the Marconi Center for dinner, staying overnight and departing after breakfast to arrive back at the Lodge at Tiburon by lunchtime on Sunday. Our conference rate at the Lodge at Tiburon extends through Sunday night, so guests may choose to overnight before departing.
Depart: Friday, 10 February 2017, 9 am, Lodge at Tiburon for Marconi Conference Center
Return: Sunday, 12 February 2017, 5 pm, Lodge at Tiburon
Deadline: Space is extremely limited; sign up as soon as possible to ensure your seat on the bus!
Cost: $500/person includes 2 nights at Marconi Conference Center, breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2 days