Pacific Seabird Group  43rd Annual Meeting

Pacific Seabird Group
44th Annual Meeting

Tacoma, Washington
22-25 Feb 2017

"Sound to Sea: Marine Birds Across the Seascape"

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Photo credit: Phil Green
Photo credit: Phil Green

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"Sound to Sea: Marine Birds Across the Seascape"

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in downtown Tacoma, WA, 22-25 February 2017. In keeping with the locale for the meeting, the theme is “Sound to Sea: Marine Birds Across the Seascape” and we are planning a robust scientific program, with a variety of technical sessions and symposia.

Tacoma is ideally situated along the shores of southern Puget Sound where you’ll find great places to run, hike, kayak, paddleboard and, of course, birdwatch - Puget Sound is a nationally significant wintering area for a wide diversity of marine birds. Boasting stunning natural surroundings, with Mount Rainier in full view, you can enjoy the mesmerizing outdoors just minutes from the downtown. Tacoma's downtown core has undergone significant urban renewal with growing food, music and artistic scenes. Conference attendees will have easy access to museums, urban parks, fine dining, nightlife, microbreweries, and local coffee and tea shops. Within walking distance of the conference hotel, attendees will find the Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass (think Dale Chihuly). A bit further away, you will find the Point Defiance Zoo located in the vast and beautiful Point Defiance Park.

Questions? Please contact the following people:

Local committee Co-Chairs:
Peter Hodum, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge
Scott Pearson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Nathalie Hamel, Puget Sound Partnership
Email: locochair [at] pacificseabirdgroup [dot] org

Scientific Program Chair:
Kyra Mills-Parker, Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Email: programchair [at] pacificseabirdgroup [dot] org

Awards Chair:
Kathy Kuletz, US Fish and Wildlife
Email: pastchair [at] pacificseabirdgroup [dot] org

Student representative:
Chris Tyson, UC Davis
Email: Student_Rep [at] pacificseabirdgroup [dot] org

2017 Meeting Organisers

  • Nathalie Hamel, Peter Hodum, and Scott Pearson – Local Committee Co-Chairs
  • Kyra Mills-Parker – Scientific Program Chair and PSG Chair Elect
  • Kathy Kuletz – Awards Committee Chair and PSG Past Chair
  • Chris Tyson – PSG Student Representative
  • Martin Renner – PSG Treasurer
  • Nina Karnovsky – PSG Chair
  • Jane Dolliver – PSG Secretary
  • Joanna Smith – PSG Communications Coordinator
  • Anne Francis Web Design – Webmaster

Important Dates:

Deadline for proposing Special Paper Sessions, Symposia and nominations of Plenary Speakers: Friday, August 19th, 2016

Registration and abstract submission opens: Friday, September 30th, 2016

Travel award deadline: Friday, October 28th, 2016

Abstract submission deadline: Friday, November 18th, 2016

Abstract and travel award acceptance notification: Friday, December 9th, 2016

Early registration ends and rates increase by $50: Friday, December 30th, 2016

Meeting Overview:

22 February, 2017: registration, committee meetings
23 February, 2017: regular paper sessions ~ 8:30am-5pm; evening poster session reception 6:30pm
24 February, 2017: regular paper sessions ~ 8:30am-5pm; evening student mentoring mixer 6:30pm
25 February, 2017: regular paper sessions ~ 8:30am-5pm; closing banquet 6:30pm

Program and detailed schedule coming soon.



**Abstract submission instructions, oral and poster presentation guidelines coming soon!**

In preparation for this great meeting, now is the time to put your thinking caps on, as we need help lining up great Plenary speakers and putting together engaging Special Paper Sessions and Symposia.

To suggest a Plenary Speaker, please submit a name, contact information, and presentation topic to me by 19 AUGUST 2016.

Would you like to organize or co-organize a Special Paper Session or Symposium? If so, please submit your proposal to me by 19 AUGUST 2016.  If you are interested in suggesting a Special Paper Session or Symposium, please email me for a form to fill out.

Special Paper Sessions are a coherent set of talks not designed to be published. The session could involve 6-18 speakers, depending on the scope of the topic, and be scheduled for half or full day of the conference. They can include a series of relevant studies with an overview presentation to bring together experts in a particular field (e.g. species-specific such as "Foraging and breeding ecology of a high Arctic auk, the Dovekie Alle alle", or broader topics such as "Move them or lure them: translocation and social attraction in seabird conservation" (both from PSG 2016). They could also be comprised of mainly student papers on a specific topic to highlight student research or increase student participation at PSG.  Be creative!

A Symposium is a coherent set of talks designed to be published, thus everyone contributing to the Symposium will also need to prepare the paper for publication afterwards. Symposia have a synthetic overview or broad topical coverage, designed to advance a particular topic (e.g., Ecology and status of rare and threatened Pacific auks, PSG 2016).

Both Special Paper Sessions and Symposia can be comprised of invited speakers only or a combination of invited and open submission of abstracts for their topic.

Stay tuned for the First Call for Abstracts in September 2016. Please contact me if you have questions.

Thank you for your help in putting together a great meeting!

Kyra Parker-Mills, Scientific Chair:




Registration and abstract submission opens Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Register Here »

Early bird rates* (before December 30th, 2016):
Member: $355.00
Non-Member: $400.00
Student Member: $225.00
Student Non-Member: $250.00
One Day: $170.00

* After the early bird registration deadline (December 30th), registration rates in all categories will increase by $50*. There will be an extra $10 processing fee for registration online.

If you submit an abstract and opt to pay later, you must pay by the early registration deadline, or your rate will increased by $50.

Registration fee covers attendance to the scientific program, welcome reception, coffee breaks, poster session reception, lunch for the Executive Committee meeting, and lunch for the Conservation Committee meeting.

Food and banquet:
Lunches are not included except for those attending the Conservation Committee meeting. On Saturday February 25th, we will have the banquet which will be $70. A limited number of banquet tickets are available when you register and on-site during the meeting if any are left. Please purchase tickets early to assist the Local Committee Chair with planning the event.

How to change your registration or pay with a different credit card:
If you would like to register, pay on a business card and then add items that you will pay for on a different card (i.e. field trips, banquets, shirts etc) please download the following pictorial guide that will walk you through it. You will need access to the e-mail account you registered with during this process to complete the transaction.

Registration or RegOnline questions? Email:

  • Application Deadline: 30 Oct 2016
  • Notifications: 7 Dec 2016

PSG is pleased to be able to offer travel awards to assist with travel expenses for attendees that require financial assistance. Every year the PSG Silent Auction raises money that is used the following year to cover a portion of travel expenses for students and international scientists.

PSG accepts applications in one of three categories: 1) full-time students from US or Canada; 2) full-time students not from US or Canada; 3) scientists not from US or Canada.

The criteria for a 2017 Travel Award is as follows: 1) PSG membership, 2) submitted and accepted abstract for a poster or oral presentation at the 44th annual meeting, 3) attend and accept travel award at PSG Member's Meeting during the 44th Annual Meeting.

To apply for a 2017 travel award, please submit an abstract during the abstract submission period and tell us in 250 words or less (1,750 characters, with spaces) why you deserve and need this travel award from PSG. Information required while registering via RegOnline includes presentation type, if you are organizing a session or participating in a special sessio, if this is your first time presenting, and how close you are to completing your degree. Please also provide us with your estimated travel budget and the amount you are requesting from PSG. In addition, indicate if you have other sources of funding for travel to PSG, and if you are sharing lodging or volunteering to reduce expenses. The application for a travel award is found on the PSG RegOnline. It is recommended that you prepare your 250 word justification in a word processing application (e.g, MS Word) before starting the RegOnline process, and copy and paste the text into the box provided by RegOnline.

Notification will be provided by 7 December and travel awards must be accepted by notifying the Travel Award Chair in writing (email) by 30 December 2016. All travel awards that are not accepted will be redistributed to other applicants on 1 January 2017.

Please note: Students may receive only one travel award within a three-year period. For 2017 awards, students must not have have previously received a travel award in any of the last three years 2016- 2015-2014 (Turtle Bay, HI; San Jose, CA; Juneau, AK)

Contact for more information:
Kathy Kuletz, 2017 Awards Committee Chair and PSG Past Chair:


The Pacific Seabird Group is excited about this year’s conference venue: the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in downtown Tacoma, WA. Located in Tacoma’s downtown core, the convention center is a modern building, ideally designed and situated for a scientific meeting like the PSG meeting.

We selected the Hotel Murano for accommodations. Hotel Murano is a beautiful boutique hotel located adjacent to the Tacoma Convention Center and steps from the city’s best museums and restaurants. We recommend booking your accommodations well in advance so that you can secure a room at the low rate of $112.

Rates and Booking

Room rates start at $112 plus tax for single and double occupants.

Online and phone reservations at the $112 rate are accepted now until February 1st, 2017. After this date, you will not be guaranteed a rate of $112.

1. Reservation Link:

A dedicated booking website has been created for our event and guests will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online.

Click here to make reservations through the website.

2. Call-in Reservations:

You may also call in to make reservations at (253) 238-8000 or (888) 862-3255. Please ask for the “Pacific Seabird Conference Room Block” to ensure you receive the rate when you call before February 1st, 2017. 

Air Travel

Multiple major air carriers service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from the US, Canada and the Pacific Region.

Ground Transportation and Parking

The Greater Tacoma Convention Center and Hotel Murano are located 22 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International airport.

By car it’s about 30 minutes. Traffic can be heavy going southbound on I-5 and can easily add 15 to 30 minutes so please plan accordingly. There is parking at the hotel and convention center for a fee.

Bus service is convenient from the airport. The bus ride takes 30 minutes. Use Sound Transit, route 574. Pick up the bus at the airport Bay 2, take the 574 going in the “Tacoma-Lakewood” direction, and get off at the Tacoma Dome Station stop. From there, you can take the Tacoma Light Rail Link to downtown, get off at the Convention Center station. The link goes by every 24 minutes.
Bus Fare: $3.75
Tacoma Light Rail Link: free

Uber is in Tacoma, for an alternative way to get around.

What do I bring?

Rain jackets and sunglasses! In February, the average temperature in Tacoma ranges from 38 to 49 deg F and it may be overcast and rainy. But the sun may shine too!



Student Mentoring Dinner
We will once again have a student/mentor dinner on Friday the 24th. This will be an opportunity for students to meet some of PSG’s more long standing members, as well as a chance for students to learn about career paths covering academia, government, teaching, research, management, and policy. This event is open to everyone and we encourage participation from all members from all career stages. Food will be provided and lively discussion is guaranteed. For planning purposes, if you are interested in participating, please fill out this form, however RSVP’ing isn’t strictly mandatory, so please consider showing up for half an hour, or the whole night. Stay tuned for more information regarding time and place.

Silent Auction
The annual silent auction to benefit student travel will be held throughout the meeting. This event has been a great success in the past, thank you to everyone who has donated or bought items at the auction. We are soliciting donations for the auction and if you have something you would like to donate, please contact the student representative, Chris Tyson Popular auction items include artwork, photographs, crafts, books and field guides, t-shirts, field gear, and any interesting seabird memorabilia. Thanks very much for your continued support of PSG students.

Volunteers are key to a successful meeting. Usual volunteering duties include general organizing help, troubleshooting audio/visual during the paper sessions, and judging student papers. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know at or by selecting one of the volunteer options in regonline when you register.


Will be announced soon.


Volunteers are key to a successful meeting!

Every year, a dedicated team of PSG members work behind the scenes to carefully plan and organize the annual meeting. Join the team in Tacoma and help make the 2017 meeting a great success. We will need volunteers in several roles – Registration Desk, Session Chairs, Student Paper Judging, Audio-Visual, and general assistance to the Local Committee.

Volunteering is a great way to meet other members, to get involved, and support the PSG.

We'd love to have your help so please contact us or select one of the volunteer options in RegOnline when registration opens.

Contact us for more information about Volunteering!
Nathalie Hamel, Peter Hodum and Scott Pearson, Local Committee Co-Chairs:


2016 Annual Meeting, Oahu, HI
Scientific Program
Scientific Program - last minute updates included
Abstract Book

2015 Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA
Scientific Program
Abstract Book

2014 Annual Meeting, Juneau, AK
Scientific Program
Abstract Book

2013 Annual Meeting, Portland, OR
Scientific Program

Abstract Book (available soon)

For information on PSG's Annual Meetings, including Executive Council Meetings, 1974 – 2014, see Pacific Seabirds.

List of PSG Annual Meetings, 1974 – present