The theme of the 6th ISDC will be: “From Bay to Boreal: Challenges of Full Annual Cycle Management of Sea Ducks” and will draw together researchers, government, non-government conservation organizations, and industry representatives to address shared priorities for sea duck conservation and management.
Hosted by Audubon California, Ducks Unlimited, and US Geological Survey, the 6thISDC offers three full days of scientific presentations and discussions at the Corinthian Yacht Club. The welcome reception, poster session, and two workshops offered Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening will be held at the nearby Lodge at Tiburon. Field trips is being planned for both before and following the 3-day science program (more information coming soon).
Each day of the science program starts with a plenary speaker and the topics are:
The thematic sessions that include contributed oral presentations on a wide range of contemporary topics such as the following:
A featured session focusing on “Planning Restoration for Sea DuckPopulations Injured in Coastal Oil Spills” will be during our late morning session on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 followed by a discussion session during lunch at the Corinthian Yacht Club (lunch provided).
Lunch is on your own for Wednesday and Thursday with plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the Corinthian YC.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 – 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Long-tailed Duck – State of Knowledge and Information Needs (Organizers: Tim Bowman, Ramunas Zydelis, Kevin Kenow)
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 – 7:30 – 10:30
Population Delineation – How to Define Populations (Organizers: Sean Boyd, Dan Esler)
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 – 10:30 to 13:30 (morning session and lunch-time discussion)
Planning Restoration Sea Duck Populations Injured in Coastal Oil Spills (organizers: Susan De La Cruz, Samantha Richman, Carolyn Marn)
To address the many challenges associated with planning post-oil spill restoration for sea ducks, we are hosting a Special Session and lunch-time discussion on “Planning Restoration and Recovery of Sea Ducks Injured in Coastal Oil Spills.” This session represents an unparalleled opportunity to bring together international experts on sea duck ecology, coastal managers and policy makers to provide the much needed information for effective restoration actions that will have tangible benefits to sea duck populations. Following the session, we will continue with a lunch-time panel discussion (lunch provided at the Corinthian).
Our goal is to provide a list of appropriate actions to benefit sea duck populations. These actions ideally would apply to species injured in the Cosco Busan spill (San Francisco 2007) but also could inform restoration actions for future spills affecting sea ducks. Our resulting findings and recommendations will be broadly applicable and catalyze restoration implementation by providing a summary of appropriate actions for sea duck recovery as well as concrete guidelines for designing successful sea duck restoration projects.