Connecting with Nature through Birds. We cordially invite you to attend SCSCB's 18th Regional Meeting, to be held on the beautiful island of Grand Bahama, co-hosted by the Bahamas National Trust. The theme of the meeting is Connecting with Nature Through Birds. Many sessions and training workshops will focus on aspects of this theme, that is, finding ways to engage a larger and more diverse constituency more effectively by inspiring interest in nature, and encouraging people to recognize and utilize the economic values of birds and habitats. Ultimately, we hope to help build the capacity of our members and partners to develop a conservation ethic in local people and increase their commitment to and involvement in conservation action. This theme is strongly linked to work that was initiated at the 2009 meeting in Antigua on sustainable bird and nature tourism and that will be continued at this meeting as well (through a workshop to develop SCSCB’s Caribbean Birding Trail).
Keynote speakers include John Robinson, Ted Eubanks, and Pete Marra.
The program includes workshops, sessions and/or roundtable discussions on:
Working with decision makers to conserve birds and habitats: Case studies and success stories from the - Bahamas and the Caribbean - Symposia and Panel Discussion
Engaging people in birds, birding, nature and conservation: Citizen science, outreach, education and awareness initiatives on birds
Sustainable bird and nature tourism: Practical advice and success stories to help you develop your programs
Effective use of the media to raise public awareness about birds and conservation issues
Social Media: Engage or die. Presented by Scott Bonertz, Public Information Manager, Information and Education Division NE Game and Parks Commission
Radio and Caribbean Birds. Presented by Leo Douglas, SCSCB Media Officer, and Alleyne Regis, PCI Media Impact
Managing human-wildlife conflicts: hunting, crop predation, invasive species and more
Climate change, landscape conservation and full life cycle stewardship of birds
The Caribbean Waterbird Census: a new tool to engage communities and gather data for conservation and management of waterbirds and wetlands
Applied research for the conservation and management of Caribbean Birds
Funding and new project opportunities for bird conservation, management, and research
The Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Project: Results and lessons learned from 10 years of international collaborative work
Shorebird hunting in the Caribbean - Roundtable discussion
There will be two additional special workshops - one on ecotourism (July 20th, the day before the SCSCB meeting starts), facilitated by The International Ecotourism Society, and a Seabird Summit Workshop (July 26th, the day after the meeting).
Please visit the meeting website for more information and to register. Early bird registration has been extended to June 15th, 2011.