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Morning Announcements and Plenary, Wednesday August 15

Chris Merkord

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Kathy Martin, Chair of the NAOC-V, welcomed the participants to the NAOC-V


John Innes opened the meeting and introduced Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, and welcomed the plenary speaker, Fiona Schmiegelow.


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Fiona Schmigelow during her plenary talk.


After the plenary, Bob Clark, chair of the scientific committee, gave the following news regarding the scientific program:


Program News:

  • Thanked the NAOC-V Scientific Program Committee
  • Thanked committees for student travel and presentation awards
  • Oral talks - go to your session 25 min early, upload your talk and meet the chair
  • Pracice Room - upstairs at SUB - PartyRoom
  • Poster Session 1 - Wednesday (5-7 PM) and Thursday (5-6) PM) PLace them after this session/nolnn, and remove them on Monday

Program Updates

  • Cancelled talks and posterss - see insert in the pgram booklet. Plus: W13.9, Conservation (Farmer et al.) cancelled
  • Talks will be given at the originally scheduled times in the program booklet

Other announcements, by Kathy Martin

  • Silent auctio (asap) - SUB214/216, and bidding starts at 10:00 today
  • Student-Mentor Lunch (12:00) - SUB Ballroom (AOU sponsor)
  • Tonight 7-9 PM
    • People of a Feather (film; SUB Auditorium; tickets at door)
    • Aerial insectivores meeting (Buchanan A203)
    • SFO Discussion (Frederic Wood Theatre)

    [*]8 pm until late - bird band jam (off campus; tickets at door

    [*]Thursday am

    • early morning birding 6-8 am Thuersday to Saturday, sign up at registration desk
    • Ostrich Run at 6:45 am (Flagpole Plaza, outside Chan Theatre)

    [*]Any Time:

    • Exhibitator booth (SRC and coffee)
    • Beatty Museum
    • UBC Book Store - 15% discount with code CSC12.

    [*]Coffee stations (4: Buchanan A, Hennings, Chemistry, SRC.

    [*]Messages - at the registration desk.

    [*]Banquet tickets - a few might be available at the registrationd esk.

    [*]Waterbird Society Lunch (on Thursday) - pick up tickets at WS booth

    [*]comments on reducing and reclying ("greening")

    [*]Local Orgnizing Committee members are wearing special name tags with green ribbon

    [*]Acknowledged volunteers

    [*]Watch out for construction on campus

    [*]Orientation - NAOC falgs and red shirt volunteers will guide you from Chan Theatre to other venues

Society of Canadian Ornithologists awards:


On behalf of the Doris H. Speirs Award Committee, Erica Nol presented the Doris H. Speirs Award, presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to Canadian ornithology, to:

Andrea Pomeroy, chair of the Jaimie Smith Award Committee, presented the Jamie Smith Memorial Mentoring Award in Ornithology to:

Any errors in the preceding information are likely mine, so please just leave a comment correcting me.


If you missed the plenary session, you also missed the bagpipes. Here's a snippet of their awesome performance:



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