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Meeting: BirdsCaribbean 21st International Conference 2017—Celebrating the Diversity of the Caribbean

Ellen Paul

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Meeting Description:

Call for papers is now open!


The Scientific Program Committee and Local Organizing Committee have been working very hard on the conference program and logistics. We had had our share of challenges (anybody that has worked in Cuba can understand this!), but the meeting is shaping up to be a fantastic event that you will NOT want to miss. See the exciting sessions, workshops and symposia listed below - there are many learning opportunities as well as the chance to share your work and network with your colleagues, one of the most valuable (among many!) benefits of attending our conferences.


To apply for a place in the program (to deliver an oral paper or poster), please visit the Call for Papers page on the conference website, read the instructions carefully, and submit your abstract online at this link.


If you are unable to submit online, you can send your abstract as a Word attachment by email to:BirdsCaribbean@gmail.com. Please indicate clearly in your cover letter your preference for either an oral or poster presentation. Please also indicate into which of the sessions listed below your paper best fits.


The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 7 May at midnight (EDT).


The following symposia and sessions are included in the program (we are especially looking for presentations that fit these topics!):

  • Cuba Day: Celebrating advances in the study and conservation of endemic, resident, and migratory birds in Cuba
  • Engaging diverse audiences and stakeholders in conservation through social media, events, campaigns, citizen science, and education programs
  • State of Caribbean forest endemic birds: Bringing science and conservation together
  • Ecology of migrants and the importance of stopover sites in the Caribbean
  • Habitat restoration and best management practices for the conservation of Caribbean birds and biodiversity
  • On-the-ground bird and habitat conservation efforts: New approaches, success stories and lessons learned
  • Promoting bird tourism in the Caribbean for sustainable development and conservation—Updates on the Caribbean Birding Trail (CBT) and marketing tools to enhance your efforts
  • Shorebirds and waterbirds in the Caribbean: Connecting research, Caribbean Waterbird Census monitoring and education to conservation of key sites
  • Invasive alien species in the Caribbean: Recent advances and best practices in prevention, control, eradication and monitoring to restore habitats and minimize impacts for birds
  • Hunting in the Caribbean—Promoting sound management of shorebirds and other game species
  • Recent advances in seabird conservation in the Caribbean
  • Climate change impacts on birds and their habitats: research, management, mitigation and restoration solutions
  • The role of advocacy in fighting mega-development projects: Case studies on what works, what doesn't, and lessons learned
  • Advances in avian ecology and applied research
  • Applied research for the conservation and management of Caribbean Birds
The following workshops have been accepted for the program:
  • Current and emerging technologies in avian and biodiversity research, management and conservation: Mini training workshops
  • Reaching People: Writing for a General Audience—A Hands-on Workshop
  • Mark-recapture and demographic modeling to inform on-the-ground management and conservation actions
  • Bird Checklists of the West Indies Project
  • Fundraising Workshop—Next Level Strategies for your Nonprofit
  • Song Meter SM4 Acoustic Recording Workshop
  • Cuba National Consultation on the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Ecosystem Profile for the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot (Pre-conference workshop)
  • Eastern Caribbean Dialogue on the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Ecosystem Profile for the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot
  • BirdSleuth Caribbean: Connecting Youth to Nature and Science
  • Bird Conservation Education in the Caribbean: Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival and International Migratory Bird Day
  • Caribbean BirdWatch—Developing practical approaches to monitoring birds and their habitats


The following round-table discussions have been accepted for the program:

  • Journal of Caribbean Ornithology, Past, Present, and Future: An open call for suggestions to improve the journal
  • Standardizing Spanish names


Attention Students: If you would like to apply for consideration for the Founders Award for Best Student Paper, please indicate this on your abstract form.

Meeting registration will open and details on how to apply for travel support will be available later today.


Field trips:

We are planning wonderful early morning, pre-, mid- and post-conference field trips for you. Consider arriving early to Cuba early or staying on after the conference with your spouse, friends and family to go on a field trip and enjoy fantastic birding as well as the vibrant Cuban culture, stunning landscapes and history. We are awaiting final information on pre- and post-conference field trip costs and will be posting itineraries and costs very soon.

Get social!

  • Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more updates as they become available: @birdscaribbean #BirdsCarib2017
  • Updates are continuously being added to the meeting website, so check back often; we will also post updates on this BirdsCaribbean list serve, Facebook and Twitter.


We are still looking for conference sponsors - if you, your organization, agency, or company can help, please visit the Sponsorship Opportunities page and contact us - thank you!

Any questions, contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Cuba in July!

Best wishes,



Lisa Sorenson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, BirdsCaribbean

Adjunct Associate Professor

Dept of Biology, 5 Cummington St.

Boston University, Boston, MA


(508) 655-1940 (home office)

(508) 333-8587 (mobile)

Skype: Lsoren

www.birdscaribbean.org | www.caribbeanbirdingtrail.org








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