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6th International Sea Duck Conference
6-9 February 2017
Tiburon, San Francisco
We are pleased to announce that the 6th International Sea Duck Conference (6th ISDC) will be held from 6 – 9 February 2017 in the town of Tiburon near San Francisco, California. Hosted by Audubon California, U.S. Geological Survey, and Ducks Unlimited, the theme of the 6th ISDC will be: “From Bay to Boreal: Challenges of Full Annual Cycle Management of Sea Ducks.”
The conference offers three full days of scientific presentations and discussions at the Corinthian Yacht Club, with workshops offered Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening (topics and organizers to be announced soon). The welcome reception and poster session will be held at the nearby Lodge at Tiburon. We are currently organizing field trips for both before and after the conference. More information coming soon.
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:
We invite all scientists who study sea ducks and their habitats to submit abstracts for consideration in the contributed oral presentation sessions or the evening poster session (deadline is 1 September 2016). We especially encourage submissions by student presenters (undergraduate and graduate) and will offer four (4) student travel awards to the highest ranking abstracts by the Science Committee. See below for special instructions for student travel awards.
The deadline for submissions is NOW 15 September 2016!
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TITLE SHOULD BE IN BOLD AND ALL CAPITAL LETTERS
List authors with presenting author in bold.
Use author initials to indicate affiliations.
Body of the abstract should be no more than 300 words.
POPULATION ESTIMATES OF SEA DUCKS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Timothy D. Bowman, Dan Esler, Sam A. Iverson, and Paul L. Flint
TDB: Migratory Bird Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org
SAI: Department of Biology, Carleton University and National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
DE and PLF: Alaska Science Center, US Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK, USA
After years of winter data collection in the wet, cold North Pacific, it dawned on us that the South Pacific had been poorly studied in terms of sea duck abundance, distribution, and ecology. We conducted an exhaustive search of the literature and found absolutely no evidence of attention to sea ducks at southern latitudes, which we consider a gross oversight with significant conservation and population management implications. Over the past decade, we have sampled numerous near shore areas of South Pacific, generating population estimates with very low coefficients of variation for all North American sea duck species. Although the warm weather and calm seas are far more enjoyable than the Arctic, we believe further surveys of the South Pacific are not justified.
ORAL or POSTER PRESENTATION
NOT A STUDENT or STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
Please note that the on-line submission of abstracts asks that you specify whether you would prefer to present your work during the oral contributed sessions or as a poster during the evening poster session and specify if you are a student. We request that all presenters highlight applied/management implications of their research (as appropriate).
Additional instructions for students who would like to be considered for a student travel award:
In addition to the above abstract, students who would like to be considered for a STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD are asked to submit (1) a Curriculum Vitae (or Resume), and (2) a short paragraph (no more than 300 words in addition to the abstract) that describes the full scope of their thesis/dissertation and how the research described in the submitted abstract relates to the overall thesis/dissertation research. Please submit your abstract online AND email these additional requirements directly to email@example.com