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Wednesday, September 21

10:00

Tern Ecology and
Conservation Session

Chair: Patty
Szczys

Loring* – Movement of adult Common and Roseate Terns
during the chick provisioning period

Workshop:
Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative

Chair: Caleb
Spiegel

10:00 – 10:30am Introductions,
Meeting Objectives & Ground Rules

10:30am – 1:00pm LEARNING
FROM OUR PAST (History and accomplishments):

10:30a Brief
History of AMBC

10:45a Broad
Review of Accomplishments

11:15a Group
Structure

12:15p What Has
Worked and What Hasn’t

Symposium:
Herons of the World

Chair: Chip Weseloh and Clay Green

HarebottleHeronryMAP: mapping the distribution and status of ardeid breeding colonies in Africa

10:20

Davis* – Family matters: begging behavior as an
honest signaling mechanism for parent-offspring association in Roseate Terns

Rabarisoa – The new status
of the two endangered heron species, the Madagascar Heron and the Madagascar
Pond Heron

10:40

Arnold – Multiscale metapopulation
dynamics among North American common terns: implications for conservation of
declining inland subpopulations

Lee – Current status, ecological characteristics and
conservation of Family Ardeidae in natural and
disturbed forests of urban area, Korea

11:00

Parsons – Spatio-temporal
patterns of habitat use by pre-migratory hatch year Roseate Terns on Cape
Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Senner* – Response of
avian communities to water management in the floodplain grassland of Mekong
Delta

11:20

Nepshinsky* – Determining
sex of two monomorphic seabirds at the Isle Dernieres
Barrier Island Refuge in Louisiana

Sundar – Abundance and
distribution patterns of two heron species in multiple agricultural
landscapes of south Asia

11:40

Shealer – Outlook not so
good: the plight of the Black Tern in North America

Mondal – Foraging strategy
and prey-handling time in White-bellied heron in Namdapha
Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India

12:00

Dayton* – Population structure of the Eurasian
Whiskered Tern, a species exhibiting demographic expansion

Toquenaga – Collective
colony formation algorithm

12:20

Windhoffer* – Evidence of
predation and disturbance in nesting waterbird
colonies on a Louisiana barrier island system using video monitoring

Riegner – Morphological
trade-offs and recursive plumage patterns as indicators of integrated
evolutionary dynamics in the Ardeidae

12:40

Szczys – Range-wide patterns of population
differentiation of Eurasian Black Terns related to use of discrete
post-nuptial staging sites

Shah – Distribution and temporal trends of Western
Reef Heron populations along the Arabian Gulf Coast, UAE

13:00

LUNCH

14:30

Waterbird Habitat
Conservation

Chair: Woody
Woodrow

Woodrow – Texas Rookery Island Project – A Deepwater
Horizon Early Restoration Project

Workshop:
Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative

Chair: Caleb
Spiegel

2:00 – 5:30pm FUTURE
DIRECTIONS Part I (Re-evaluating our focus):

2:00p Review
Questionnaire Results

2:30p Audience

3:00p Scope

3:30p Priorities

4:30p Vision
and Goals Statements

5:30pm
End day

Symposium:
Herons of the World

Chair: Chip Weseloh and Clay Green

Yanosky – Conservation
status of herons in Paraguay: future scenario in face of accelerated habitat
degradation.

14:50

Hardegree – Preliminary
planning for colonial waterbird rookery habitat
needs, San Antonio Bay, Texas

Ruiz-Guerra – Herons in Colombia: status, knowledge
gaps and conservation

15:10

Hackney – Already gone: GIS analysis and modeling of
American Oystercatcher nest site erosion risk in the upper Texas coast

Stier – From ARGOS to
conservation: reporting 4 years of action for Agami
Heron

15:30

Moran* – Ecosystem impacts from Double-crested
Cormorants in a southeastern lentic, reservoir system

Herring* – Rice fields support the largest known
breeding population of the endangered Australasian Bittern

15:50

Golet – When is additional
shorebird habitat most needed in California’s Sacramento Valley

Fasola – Dry rice paddies
cause a decline of the breeding herons and egrets in Italy

16:10

Movement
Ecology of Waterbirds

Chair: Tommy
King

King – Home ranges and habitat use of brown pelicans
in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Green – A decade of Reddish Egret research: looking
back and moving forward

16:30

Rojas – Migration of American White Pelicans in
central coast of Veracruz

Gonzalez* – Characterization of Ardeid
assemblages on the southern coast of Cuba

16:50

Shelpr* – GPS tag
attachment is likely to affect hatching but not chick rearing in Herring
Gulls

Gawlik – Representing
hydrologic variability in heron models: key processes for wetland ecosystem
management

17:10

Meyer – Annual movements, breeding and winter
affinities, and seasonal activity ranges of Magnificent Frigatebirds
tracked by satellite

Brzorad – Patterns of annual habitat utilization,
spatial distribution and migration by Great Egrets

* indicated
student presenter

 

Thursday, September 22

9:50

Piping Plover Ecology and
Conservation

Chair: Dan Gibson

Gibson – Winter habitat conditions influence survival across the full
life cycle for an imperiled migratory shorebird

Workshop: Atlantic Marine Bird
Cooperative

Chair: Caleb Spiegel

9:50am –
12:30pm FUTURE DIRECTIONS
Part II (Determining how we work together):

9:50a Group Structure

11:15a Meetings

11:45a Member Time Commitment

12:00p Support Structures

12:30 Next steps

1:00pm
Adjourn

Herons Workshop

Chairs: John Brzorad and Cathy
King

Introduction to day Kushlan 5 min

Part I:
Communication & structure HSG

Brief explanation of
Heron Specialist Group (HSG) and Strategic review Green 15 min

HSG
questionnaire : whose a heronphile
now?
Brzorad 10
min

Heron-related
working groups: structure, objectives, successes and challenges


7 group representatives
60 min

Part II: Heron
Action plans, research and conservation

Review status of
species: trends, threats
and gaps King 15 min

Action plan
priorities and implementation issues 6
species representatives
55 min

10:10

Bimbi – The role of the Piping Plover towards shorebird conservation
on developed beaches in the southeastern U.S.

10:30

Hunt* – Piping Plover prey abundance and body condition after
large-scale habitat creation on the Missouri River, USA

10:50

Rock – Migratory connectivity of Piping Plover that breeds in Eastern
Canada

11:10

Weithman* – Carryover effects of
reproductive performance and density dependence influence breeding propensity
in a short-lived species

11:30

Friedrich* – Piping Plover habitat suitability on the Niobrara River,
Nebraska

11:50

Robinson* – Variable space use between nesting and brood rearing
periods by Piping Plovers on Fire Island, NY

12:10

Eunbi – Using the Dail-Madsen
model to estimate abundance of migratory shorebirds at a stopover site

12:30

LUNCH

14:00

Shorebird Ecology

Chair: Lisa Ferguson

Felton* – Behavioral and physiological responses of nesting American
Oystercatchers to off-road vehicles on North Carolina’s national seashores

Eastern Black Rail Symposium

Chair: Whitney Wiest

Tolliver* – Influences on detection and occupancy of black rails in
Texas

Herons Workshop

Chairs: John Brzorad and Cathy
King

Allocation of heron research and conservation
efforts, now & future plans


Brzorad 15 min

Heron Global Action Plan –priority actions and species

I. Review of current action plan


Kushlan 25 min

II. Breakout discussion groups: identifying important gaps and priorities 75 min

HSG in Future discussion groups 55
min

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Wrap up Green
10 min

14:20

Claassen – Multi-scale habitat selection by sandbar-nesting River
Birds in Cambodia

Moore* – Mud, sweat and skeeters:
determining the status of the Eastern Black Rail in Texas

14:40

Ferguson, L – Enhancing beach elevation to improve reproductive
outcomes for beach-nesting birds

Hand – Assessing the distribution of the Eastern Black Rail in South
Carolina

15:00

Heller* – Red Knot and prey abundance and distribution along the
Virginia barrier islands, USA

Brinker – Where have all the Black Rails gone?

15:20

Black* – Diet of Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls, Tuckernuck and Muskeget
Islands, Massachusetts

Tsipoura – Assessing the status of Eastern
Black Rail in New Jersey

15:40

Waterbird Disease, Parasites and Contaminants

Chair: Kate Sheehan

Haram – Waterbird distribution and avian
vacuolar myelinopathy species susceptibility on a
Georgia reservoir infested with the aquatic plant hydrilla

Watts – Status and distribution of the Eastern Black Rail

16:00

Ferguson, T* – Natural West Nile Virus infection in captive raised
American White Pelicans

Eastern Black Rail Discussion

16:20

Goodenough* – Making lemonade out of lemons: what we have learned
about Gull-billed Tern colony recovery after the 2013 epizootic

16:40

Sheehan – How the metabolic theory of ecology helps us predict avian ectoparasite infracommunity
carrying capacity

17:00

Kurimo-Beechuk – Factors affecting the
abundance of breeding secretive marsh birds and investigating the effects of
metal contaminants on clapper rail health

* indicated
student presenter

 

Friday, September 23

9:50

Waterbird ecology and
hydrology

Chair: Peter Frederick

Clem – Trends in hydrology, habitat loss, and Wood Stork nesting at
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Black Skimmer Symposium

Chair: Troy Wilson

Smith – Black Skimmer management in New York State

Heron Ecology and Conservation

Chair: Alan Maccarone

Ruiz-Guerra – Prey consumed by wading birds in mangrove swamps of
Colombia Caribbean Coast

10:10

Evans* – Dietary flexibility of Wood Storks in response to
human-induced rapid environmental change in South Florida

Brinker – Status and population change of Black Skimmers in Maryland
1985-2016

Maccarone – Intraspecific and intersexual
variation in three species of wading birds

10:30

Tiwary* – The role of
environmental factors in influencing nest survival in Painted Stork
populations of north India

Ray – Black Skimmer protection, monitoring, and stewardship at St.
Pete Beach, Florida

D’Auria – Estimating the breeding
populations of Great Blue Herons in Maine: what’s not on our colony list?

10:50

Frederick – Breeding site longevity and site characteristics have
intrinsic value for predicting persistence of colonies of an endangered bird

Forys – Movements of first-year Black
Skimmers in Florida

Yanosky – Potential impacts in heron
populations due to scenarios of climate change in South America: focus in
Paraguay and bordering countries

11:10

Peterson* – Contrasting resource selection of Great Egrets and Wood
Storks in a dynamic ecosystem

Hackney – A bird’s eye view
of nest sites: mapping habitat for Black Skimmers in the Upper and Mid Texas
Coast

Matsunaga – Recent trends of the nesting location of Grey Herons in
Hokkaido, northern Japan

11:30

Poli* – The impact of water management on
the nesting ecology of Snail Kites in South Florida

Heath – Industry provides a safe haven for nesting Black Skimmers

Essian* – Hydrologic fluctuations influence
daily survival rates of small herons and Great Egrets in a subtropical
littoral wetlands

11:50

Tiegs* – Analysis of wintering whooping
crane behavior along the Texas Gulf Coast

Discussion

Rylander* – A hop, skip and a jump: the use of long-term banding data
to understand movement and survivorship of Reddish Egret in Texas and Mexico

12:10

Gawlik – Strategies to cope with
food-limitation: differing implications of prey and foraging habitat
availability for wading birds

Gonzalez* – Clinal variations in dark morph
proportion of Reddish Egrets in Cuba

12:30

LUNCH

14:00

Marsh Bird Ecology and
Conservation

Chair: Chris Elphick

McRae – Royal flush: ecology and conservation of the king rail on the
mid-Atlantic coast

Seabird Ecology

Chair: Pat Baird

Goyert – Density-dependence and changes in
carrying capacity in Alaskan seabird populations

Heron Ecology and Conservation

Chair: Clay Green

Cook – Range-wide survey of inland wading bird nest colonies in North
Carolina

14:20

Byerly* – Effectiveness of remote data
collection methods for monitoring secretive marshbirds

Baird – Least Terns nesting in Hawaii – Darwin’s Finches or Great
Auks? Difficulties in establishing a foothold within a highly altered and
hostile environment

Maccarone – Foraging microhabitat selection
by long-legged wading birds at an artificial weir

14:40

Pierce – Coordinated conservation and monitoring of secretive marsh
birds in the Midwest

Lamb – Long-term physiological responses of nestling seabirds to variation
in prey availability and nest site characteristics

Yanosky – Impacts of a road construction on
waterbird populations and first regional
rehabilitation actions at Asuncion Bay Ecological Reserve

15:00

Rush – Temporal changes of oligohaline
emergent marsh and associated marsh bird abundance in lower Mobile- Tensaw
River Delta, 2004-2015

Veit – Detecting hotspots of seabird
abundance off southeastern Massachusetts

May* – The effects of colony structure and nest position on the
reproductive success of small herons

15:20

Elphick – Tidal marsh bird conservation in
the northeastern U.S.

White – Evaluating seabird persistence in the Northwest Atlantic

Schwarzer – Development of a survey
protocol for monitoring Reddish Egrets in Florida

15:40

Znidersic* – Camera traps as an effective
monitoring tool for low detectability species – a rail tale

Welch – Using seabirds to track ecosystem change in the Gulf of Maine

Sundar – Making a case for long-term
monitoring of large waterbirds in agricultural
landscapes: preliminary findings from south Asia

16:00

Reynolds – Tohoku tsunami inundation: variation in impacts to Pacific
island bird communities

Mohanraj – Diversity of waterbirds
in Periyakulam lake Tiruchirappalli District, TamilNadu, Southern India