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Raptor Research Foundation: call for abstracts for Nov. 2017 conference

Fern Davies

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The Raptor Research Foundation invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations at our annual scientific conference.  The conference will be hosted by HawkWatch International, 8th–12th of November 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  Presentations on any aspect of raptor biology, ecology, research techniques, conservation, and management are invited.

Abstract submission:

You may submit more than one abstract.  Submit all abstracts via the conference website at: http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/current-conference. Cover letters are not needed.  Follow the format explained and exemplified in the Sample Abstract below.  Failure to properly format abstracts may result in rejection or return to authors for reformatting. 

The deadline for submission of papers is 15 June 2017, concurrent with the deadline for extended abstracts for Andersen Award candidates ( Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email by 15 Aug 2017.  Andersen Award candidates will be further notified via email whether their papers will be included in the Andersen Award competitive oral session, in a general oral session, or in the Andersen poster competitive poster session.  Prior to the conference, all authors will be provided with a follow-up email with links specifying the room, date and time of their presentations. 

Questions regarding symposia and general abstracts should be directed to Beth Wommack (email: ewommack@uwyo.edu).

Questions regarding Andersen Awards should be directed to Clint Boal (email: clint.boal@ttu.edu).

General questions regarding the conference should be directed to Dave Oleyar (email: doleyar@hawkwatch.org).

Oral Sessions

Oral presentations include either full-length talks (20 minutes including questions) or Speed Talks (10 minutes including questions). Papers must be presented in English, and electronic presentations must be in Powerpoint® format, for display on conference computers. Conference computers and organizers will be available to load presentations during the ice-breaker reception, and prior to the initiation of oral sessions during each day of the conference.  Loading of presentations must occur during these times.  Presentations prepared on computers running software other than MS Powerpoint for Microsoft Windows will need to be converted prior to uploading on conference computers.

Poster Sessions

Posters will be mounted on 3’ x 4’ panels (vertical x horizontal). Materials for hanging posters will be available.  All posters must be prepared in English. Poster presenters are required to attend their poster during the poster session.

Sample Abstract:

Paying the Pipers: Mitigating the Impact of Anticoagulant Rodenticides on Predators and Scavengers

*JOHN ELLIOTT (john.elliott@canada.ca), Environment Canada, Delta, BC, Canada. BARNETT RATTNER, U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Beltsville, U.S.A. RICHARD SHORE, Center for Ecology and Hydrology, LEC, Lancaster, UK. NICO VAN DEN BRINK, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands.

Read this paragraph carefully and adhere to the formatting requirements exactly.  Abstracts should summarize findings, not methods. Type the title first, using upper and lower case letters as shown above.  Do not use abbreviations in the title. After the title, type the first author’s name followed by institutional affiliation, city, state or province, and country.  Leave single blank lines between the title, authors’ names and affiliation, and the body of the abstract.  Follow the primary contact person associated with presentation with that person’s email address. Use all capital letters for all author names. Precede the presenting author’s name with a single asterisk. Use two asterisks before names of students competing for the Andersen Award.  The body of the abstract should be one paragraph of no more than 300 words, sing le-spaced throughout, as illustrated here.  Do not indent the first line of text.  After the first use of the common name of each species mentioned, write the scientific name in italics and parentheses. Capitalize the common names of all birds. If scientific names are included in the title, do not repeat in the body of the abstract.  Use italic type only for scientific names.  Spell out whole numbers Italicize the following abbreviations: n, P, F, G, k, R, r2, t-test, U-test, Z, z. Use Rom an type for these abbreviations: AIC, ANOVA, CI, df, SD, SE. Please reference the instructions to authors for the Journal of Raptor Research, or a recent issue of the Journal of Raptor Research for any details not specified here (http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/publications/journal-of-raptor-research/submission-guidelines).

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