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World Wetlands Day 2022: Migratory Birds of the Pacific Flyway

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Join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2022 with an online symposium followed by in-person wetland tours.

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To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2022, please join us on Jan 29th 2022 for an online World Wetlands Day research symposium about migratory birds of the Pacific Flyway. Then return on Sunday Jan 30th for optional behind-the-scenes tours of the wetlands of Orange County to observe some of our migratory and resident birds. This event is being co-sponsored by Newport Bay Conservancy, Sea and Sage Audubon, Amigos de Bolsa Chica, and Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy. The symposium is free but you are welcome to make a voluntary donation, which will be split equally between the four sponsoring organizations.

Confirmed Online Symposium Schedule for Sat, Jan 29th

All talks will take place over zoom and the link will be e-mailed to you closer to the event itself.

9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome and introduction to World Wetlands Day 2022

9:10-9:50 a.m. Prof. Richard Phillips: “Seabird migration, and the implications for conservation”

Dr. Phillips is the Leader of the Higher Predators group in the Ecosystems Team of the British Antarctic Survey. He is an Honorary Professor at University of Exeter and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He also works closely with the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, and is a member of the Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. His research concentrates on the population, physiological and evolutionary ecology of seabirds, particularly albatrosses and petrels.

9:50-10:30 a.m. Robert W. Butler: “The Pacific Flyway: Waterbird migration from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego”

Robert is co-author with Audrey Benedict of “Pacific Flyway: Waterbird Migration from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego.” https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/580320/pacific-flyway-by-audrey-delella-benedict-geoffrey-a-hammerson-and-robert-w-butler/

He has studied, illustrated, and written about birds in the Americas as a Canadian federal government scientist, professor, and naturalist for more than fifty years. He is a fellow of the American Ornithological Society, the Explorers Club, and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:25 a.m. Dr. David Duffy: “A Tale of two terns: Migration of Aleutian and Arctic terns”

Dr. Duffy is a professor of botany and zoology at the University of Hawai'i and Director of the Hawaiian Pacific Island Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit. His research has involved how species, ecosystems, and landscapes recover from perturbations, both man-made and natural. He was a featured scientist on National Geographic's "Strange Days on Planet Earth".

11:25 a.m. -12:05 p.m. Dr. Nathaniel Seavy: “The Migratory Bird Initiative: From backyard birds to hemispheric conservation”

Dr. Seavy is the Director of Migration Science for the Migratory Bird Initiative. He has worked on birds, wildlife ecology, and conservation all over the world and his research has contributed to developing solutions that integrate bird conservation with climate change, forest and wildfire management, river restoration, wildlife-friendly agriculture, and water management. In his presentation he will talk about how the Audubon Society's Migratory Bird Initiative gathers data using eBird and how this information is used to aid in conservation and education.

12:05-12:35 p.m. Lunch Break

12:35-1:15 p.m. Dr. Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta: “Conservation of shorebirds along the Pacific Flyway”

Dr. Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta is the Director of the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has worked in conservation and research in Northern Mexico for many years, focusing on the coastal and riparian areas of the Sonoran Desert. He has also worked with Pronatura Noroeste (a non-profit environmental organization in Mexico) to restore the Colorado River delta.

1:15-1:55 p.m. Cory Overton: “The Impact of drought on waterbirds and their wetland habitats in California’s Central Valley”

Cory is a Wildlife Biologist based at the Western Ecological Research Center operated by the US Geological Survey. He has worked on a variety of topics from how wildfire smoke disrupts bird migration, to the effects of drought on wetland habitats of the Central Valley, and how sea level rise and storms impact California’s coastal habitats.

1:55-2:10 p.m. Break

2:10-2:50 p.m. Dr. Daniel R. Ruthrauff: “Alaska and beyond: Tracking migratory shorebirds across the Pacific Basin”

Dr. Daniel Ruthrauff is a Research Wildlife Biologist with US Geological Survey, based at the Alaska Science Center. He is an expert in the reproductive and migration ecology of shorebirds, using tracking data to better understand migratory patterns of species such as Whimbrel and Marbled Godwits.

2:50-3:10 p.m. Mary J. Whitfield: “The Motus Wildlife Tracking Network”

Mary is the research director at the Southern Sierra Research Station, located in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada. She has over 25 years of fieldwork experience in the U.S. and has also worked in numerous Latin American countries. Mary has worked on a long-term breeding ecology study of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher since 1989. She will explain the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, an international collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry to facilitate research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals.

Optional Tours on Sun, Jan 30th

Participants are welcome to select multiple tours if you wish. However, please note that some of the tours are being held at the same time, so you will at most be able to attend 2 tours. Pay close attention to the times listed for the tours below and select accordingly.

Due to limited capacity, please do cancel or notify us if you will no longer be able to attend so that others can take your place.

If you choose to register for one of the below tours, you will not need to register separately for the online symposium. Registration for the online symposium is automatically included in all tour registrations.

Any additional information you may need will be sent to you ahead of your tour via e-mail.

Tour 1: Tour of Closed area of Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Time: 8:30am-11:30am

Meeting Point: 17783 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Max Participants: 10 car maximum, each driver may bring up to 2 passengers (3 total in car). Only the driver of a vehicle should select this ticket. Passengers should just select the "Online Symposium Only" ticket option.

Note: This field trip will have to be cancelled in the event of rain on the day itself or shortly beforehand due to the nature of the mud roads and safety considerations.

Tour 2: Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy Tour

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Meeting Point: 21900 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Max Participants: 40

Tour 3: San Joaquin Marsh Tour with Sea and Sage Audubon

Time: 8:00am until participants choose to leave!

Meeting Point: Parking lot of IRWD San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Max participants: 20

Tour 4: Big Canyon Bird Tour with Newport Bay Conservancy

Time: 8:00am-11:30am

Meeting Point: Big Canyon Parking Lot

Max Participants: 20

Note: True rain will cancel this event, but the threat of rain or a light drizzle will not.

Tour 5: Kayak Tour of Upper Newport Bay with Newport Bay Conservancy

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Meeting Point: Newport Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Max Participants: 20

Cost: $10/kayaker - this supports the maintenance of our kayak equipment

Note: It is expected that all participants can swim, and are able to help carry kayaks a short distance to/from the water. Ages 8+ are welcome. Tandem (2-person) kayaks are used for families and couples. All children under 12 must ride with an adult (18+) in a tandem kayak. At least one parent/responsible adult must be present on the water with any minors (17 and under). Teens/adults can ride in solo kayaks only if group space permits or if there is an odd number in a party. Dogs are not allowed on the tour.

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The Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) is a nonprofit organization focused exclusively on the protection and preservation of Upper Newport Bay – one of the most precious natural resources in Southern California.

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