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  1. 2nd Herons of the World Symposium and Workshop, 2020 The Waterbird Society and the Heron Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are organizing and hosting the 2nd Herons of the World Symposium and Workshop as part of the Pan African Ornithological Congress (see www.paoc15.org for updates) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 16-20 November 2020. The call for abstracts will be announced in the near future but at this time, the organizers would like to see a show of interest and an indication of the potential and committed attendees. If you are considering attending, please let us know if you are a potential or definite attendee and the tentative title of your oral or poster presentation; presentations are not a requirement for participation in the symposium/workshop. The format for this symposium and workshop will be patterned after that of the 1st Herons of the World Symposium and Workshop held in New Bern, USA, in 2016 (see Waterbirds 41:341-44 and Journal of Heron Biology and Conservation (www.heronconservation.org/JHBC/vol03/art05). Contacts: Symposium – Drs. Chip Weseloh (chip.weseloh@canada.ca) (CANADA), Doug Harebottle (doug.harebottle@spu.ac.za) (SOUTH AFRICA), Clay Green (claygreen@txstate.edu) (USA), Katsutoshi “Kat” Matsunaga (matsunaga@greyheron.org) (JAPAN) and Gopi Sundar (Gopi.sundar@gmail.com) (INDIA); Workshop – Drs. Cathy King (cathy.king@zoolagos.com) (PORTUGAL) and John Brzorad (John.Brzorad@lr.edu) (USA).
  2. Call for Symposia Submissions. It’s not too early to start planning your talk for the 37th Annual Meeting of the WATERBIRD SOCIETY. The first deadline is fast approaching! We are inviting you to contribute to the scientific program by submitting suggestions for symposium sessions. We need those by NOVEMBER 15, 2012. Central themes of the meeting will be life history, migration and migratory bird conservation at the Wadden Sea and along the East Atlantic Flyway, but other topics are welcomed. Symposia proposals should include: (1) title of symposium, (2) a 2-5 sentence description of the symposium topic, (3) names, contact information, and presentation topics of presenting speakers. The meeting will be held approximately 11 months from now: 24-29 September 2013, in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Our host will be the Institute of Avian Research Vogelwarte Helgoland, one of the oldest ornithological research institutes in the world. The meeting venue is the Stadthalle, located in the center of Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast. Three full days of scientific sessions and amazing field trips are being scheduled. The meeting will have one concurrent day and several field trips with the Wader Study Group. Send your symposium suggestions to the chair of the scientific program (Susan Elbin selbin@nycaudubon.org) and to the local committee chair (Peter Becker peter.becker@ifv-vogelwarte.de). For more information about the meeting, please visit our Society web page: http://www.waterbirds.org/.
  3. OC Annual Report http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET/documents/OC_Annual11-12.pdf
  4. On behalf of the Waterbird Society as well as his sisters and brothers in the 'Joanna Burger family' - it is with a sad and grieving heart that I report to you that Jorge Saliva died this morning in Puerto Rico. Jorge embraced life with a kind spirit, a quest for knowledge, and a tremendous sense of humor. Jorge, you are dearly missed! (obituary reprinted from USFWS) Jorge Enrique Saliva-González, PhD. February 21, 1963 - July 23, 2012 July, 23, 2012- An accomplished ornithologist and wildlife expert, Jorge Enrique Saliva, died today, July 23, 2012 at the age of 49. Caribbean sea bird expert, Jorge Saliva, spent over two decades as a Wildlife Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He joined the Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, when it was known as the Boquerón Field Office in 1990. He was a passionate individual, actively promoting conservation of fish and wildlife resources, particularly sea birds, migratory shorebirds, neotropical migrant birds and marine mammals. His lifework allowed him to make valuable contributions to the conservation of many threatened and endangered species such as the Brown Pelican, Piping Plover, Puerto Rican Plain Pigeon, Broad-winged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-shouldered Blackbird, the Antillean manatee, endangered plants and wildlife in general. He also listed and designated critical habitat for the coqui guajón, and the plant cobana negra. He was a prolific scientist with over 25 professional publications that are recognized today as primary reference in the field of wildlife conservation. He was currently contributing with the Puerto Rico Climate Change Working Group in the development of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Puerto Rico. He was loved and admired by everyone with whom he interacted for his precise analysis, and prankster sense of humor. He was a passionate human being, who fully enjoyed diving in open waters, weight lifting, racquetball, trekking and exploring nature. His knowledge and love for nature and conservation was a key asset to the Service, especially when he interpreted nature during presentations, interviews, nature walks and other educational activities. For 15 years he conducted aerial surveys and telemetry for the Antillean Manatee. He was an early supporter for the rehabilitation and rescue of manatees conducted by the Service, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, the Caribbean Stranding Network (known today as the Puerto Rico Center for Manatee Conservation) and the Puerto Rico Zoo. His most significant work was devoted to the study and conservation of the roseate tern, conducting over 20 years of uninterrupted census and nesting surveys. The information gathered through his research, allowed the Service to develop a Recovery Plan and long-term recovery strategies for the roseate tern in the US Caribbean, wider Caribbean and the Northeast Region of the United States. For the brown pelican, he collaborated with other recognized species experts by conducting aerial surveys, and nesting surveys since the 1990’s. He actively promoted conservation for the most important Pelican breeding colonies in Vieques and Guánica. He worked on predator eradication initiatives to safeguard the breeding habitat for the species in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. He was also involved in the response to the Deep-water Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by participating in aerial surveys to identify injured wildlife and helped develop the Natural Resources Damage Assessment for this incident. Most recently Jorge authored the 90-day finding for the Black-capped Petrel, and as a recognized FWS expert was providing technical assistance to Deep-water Horizon restoration planning effort. Dr. Saliva graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He completed a Master’s and Doctoral degree in ecology and evolution from Rutgers, the State University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was a member of the American Ornithologists Union, Association of Field Ornithologists, Waterbird Society, Cooper Ornithological Society, Society of Caribbean Ornithology, Sociedad Ornitológical de Puerto Rico, Caribbean Stranding Network and the Interagency Oceanaria Group. Jorge will be deeply missed by the ornithological community.
  5. The Waterbird Society will hold its 37th annual meeting in 2013 in Germany for the first time. The Institute of Avian Research “Vogelwarte Helgoland”, one of the oldest ornithological research institutes in the world, will be the host. The meeting venue is the Stadthalle, located in the centre of Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast. Wilhelmshaven can be reached easily by train from the nearby airports: Bremen, Hamburg, Hannover, Frankfurt or Amsterdam. Wilhelmshaven is located adjacent to the World Heritage Site “Wadden Sea National Park of Lower Saxony”. There will be good opportunities to experience the rich biodiversity of the Wadden Sea, which provides critical habitat for both breeding and migrating waterbirds along the East-Atlantic Flyway. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday evening 24 September, the closing banquet on 28 September. The three day scientific program will consist of plenaries, symposia, contributed papers and poster sessions. Saturday 28 September will be a joint scientific day with the International Wader Study Group (IWSG) annual conference (27 to 30 September). Mid-conference field trips will be offered on Friday 27 September. Exhibitors, including book and equipment suppliers, will be present during the meeting. Please check www.waterbirds.org for updated information. We welcome you to join us in Wilhelmshaven in September 2013! The 37 th annual meeting of The Waterbird Society is organized by the Institute of Avian Research, Wilhelmshaven, and The Waterbird Society.
  6. Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Papers - 5th North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 14-18 August 2012 On 20 January 2012, the NAOC web site began receiving Abstracts for oral papers and posters, and invited symposium papers. The limit is approximately 250 words for all abstracts, excluding the title and author names and affiliations. Students applying for awards should pay careful attention to special abstract requirements by following the links to student awards. To submit an abstract, go to http://www.naoc-v2012.com/abstract-submission, follow the instructions and consult the on-line “how to” guide. The deadline for receipt of Abstracts for all oral and poster papers is 29 February 2012. Abstract acceptances will be sent by 30 April 2012. The program will include several Workshops, to be scheduled before and after the conference. http://www.naoc-v2012.com/program
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