Workshops

All workshops will be held on Sunday, 7 February.

Avian Interactions with Power Lines: An Overview of Avian Protection Plan Guidelines, Regulations, and Techniques for the Protection of Avian Species

Organizers: Kara Donohue (Kara.Donohue@sce.com) and Sherry Liguori

Date & Time: Sunday, 7 February, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Brittany

This workshop addresses impacts of energy infrastructure and development on migratory birds. It will review the causes of bird electrocutions and collisions with power lines, regulations protecting migratory birds, recent changes to eagle regulations due to bald eagle de-listing, measures to reduce bird mortality associated with power lines, management of raptor nests on power lines, and the development of avian protection plans that allow utilities to protect migratory birds while enhancing power reliability.

Download expanded information on the power lines workshop (PDF, 38k)

Getting Involved with Non-academic Institutions 

Organizers: Wendy Lenhart, Dan Barton (daniel.barton@grizmail.umt.edu), Andrea Norris, and Kristina Cockle

Date & Time: Sunday, 7 February, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Location: Brittany

This workshop will aim to bridge the gap between academics and non-academic institutions.  Objectives are to inform students on how to get experience and training at non-academic institutions (non-profits, government agencies, and NGO’s).  Representatives will include AZA institutions, Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, USGS, etc.

Download expanded information on the non-academic institutions workshop (PDF, 20k)

North American Ornithological Atlas Committee (NORAC)

Organizers: Andrew Couturier (acouturier@bsc-eoc.org) and Charles M. Francis

Date & Time: Sunday, 7 February, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Eaton

The objectives of the workshop are to facilitate the exchange of information on atlases and to develop a compendium of “best practices.”  This compendium, or atlas handbook, will function as a central resource for those considering implementing a breeding bird atlas.  The agenda will consist of a mixture of short presentations and informal discussions throughout the day.

Download expanded information on the NORAC workshop (PDF, 27k)

Avian First Aid for the Field and Captive Setting

Organizer: Lynn Miller (mbeland@securenet.net)

Date & Time (first workshop): Sunday, 7 February, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Garden Salon Two

Date & Time (second workshop): Sunday, 7 February, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Garden Salon Two

With the decline in avian populations world-wide, we can not afford to lose individuals impacted through human interaction. This workshop aims to give solid practical advice in managing injuries, allowing the attendee to evaluate an injury, to stabilize it, and to transport the bird to the appropriate site for care.

Download expanded information on the first aid workshop (PDF, 19k)

Phylogenetic Methods for Estimating Species Trees 

Organizers: Scott Edwards (sedwards@fas.harvard.edu) and Dennis Pearl

Date & Time: Sunday, 7 February, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Garden Salon One

A computer workshop focused on new methods for estimating phylogenetic trees from multilocus DNA sequence data.  A new class of phylogenetic methods is emerging for the estimation of so-called “species trees,” trees of species, populations and lineages that can be estimated by combining the information from multiple, independently segregating genes or DNA sequences. The workshop will focus on implementing and running two software packages (Bayesian Estimation of Species Trees (or BEST), and Species Trees Estimated by Average Ranks of Coalescence Times (or STAR)), and will allow participants to analyze their own or example data sets.

Download expanded information on the species trees workshop (PDF, 86k)

Neotropical Bird Identification Workshop

Organizer: Jose Soto (jsoto@canopytower.com)

Date & Time: Sunday, 7 February, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Ascot

This workshop is designed to teach beginning birders, or advanced birders who have not yet visited the Neotropics, to identify the amazing diversity of bird species there.  Set in a classroom, the workshop will feature a powerpoint  presentation with images and sounds of  birds. Participants will learn how to ID birds by size, silhouette, behavior, vocalization, habitat, and field marks of the wing and head. Please bring a copy of Birds of Panama if possible; a few copies will also be available at the workshop.

This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Because space in this workshop is limited, please sign up with Lynda West (lyndaw@sgmeet.com) at Schneider Group to reserve a space.