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Pat Baird

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  1. Ruth really helped me in my data-gathering of blood from least terns throughout the United States. I was able to show, by sampling blood from populations in California, the Mississippi River, Massachusetts, Maine, and at Ruth's colonies in Virginia, that there was gene flow among these disparate populations. I recall accompanying her one island colony, with my 8 year old daughter Hanna, and finding that dogs had gotten onto the colony since Ruth's last visit, and there were only two chicks left. We did not take any blood from them, but Ruth had banded them earlier, so she was still following them when we departed. And she related to me after I left the dates they had fledged, and she also said that she had named them after my daughters, Hanna and Emma (my 3 year old who couldn't make it that trip). She was a good scientist and a very warm human being, and that is sometimes a rare combination. I still miss her.
  2. Pat and Gerry Sanger were hired as lead division heads of seabird surveys and colony research respectively by the OBS-CE (Office of Biological surveys and coastal ecosystems) of the USFWS in 1976 during the OCSEAP program. Eventually the OBS-CE joined with the USGS. Pat remained with the federal government for a few years and then transferred to DC, eventually retiring in Colorado where he was active in some natural history societies near Florence.
  3. I ordered 4 geolocators with flags for Least Terns, and we were only able to use two. The flags are engraved with black letters and can easily be read with binoculars. They are USGS BBL size 1A. They were first initialized on 19 April 2016 and they last for a year. At present they are in a refrigerator and sleeping. If anyone would like to purchase them, please contact me at pab7@sfu.ca thanks.
  4. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: The 2016 Seabird Group Conference will be held in Edinburgh, from the 6-9th September 2016 and is being organised by Francis Daunt and colleagues at CEH. This year our conference will be held over three days, expanding by popular demand from the traditional two day format. Registration will open on the 4th of January, and the Early Bird and abstract deadlines are the 15th of April. More information will be circulated over the coming months on our conference webpage, in our next newsletter, and by email and social media. For those of you on twitter, we will be using the hastag: #seabirds16 We hope that you can join us in Edinburgh, Best wishes for the festive season! Alice Alice Trevail / Membership Secretary 8 Pengarth Close, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2BP membership@seabirdgroup.org.uk The Seabird Group www.seabirdgroup.org.uk Meeting Website: http://www.seabirdgroup.org.uk/conference Click here to view the meeting
  5. Plan for the IOC 2018 now. You can help choose the content by having Symposia in your specialty or with Plenary speakers in your field. Call for nominations for Plenary Speakers http://www.iocongress2018.com/call-for-plenary Call for Symposia Proposals http://www.iocongress2018.com/call-for-symposia. For information about the Congress or Vancouver, please visit the website: http://www.iocongress2018.com/
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