42nd Annual Meeting:
A Future for Seabirds
San Jose, CA
Program Chair: Kathy
PSG 2015 Annual Meeting Supporters
PSG appreciates the generous donations by the following
sponsors: American Bird Conservancy, California Marine
Sanctuary Association, HT Harvey, Monterey Bay Sanctuary
Foundation, Birdsmith International, Don Edwards San
Francsico Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Audubon California,
Pt. Reyes National Seashore, by Lagunitas Brewing
Company to support the conference and Student Silent
Program & Daily
Schedule of Talks
We have a great variety of talks over three days, with at
least two, and sometimes three concurrent sessions. For the
program overview, daily schedule of talks, and list of
poster presentations, please
We appreciate those of you willing to present your work,
especially the many students who are giving their first (or
second) presentation of their newly minted life's work. It
bodes well for A Future for Seabirds to have so many student
and early career scientists!
BOOK of ABSTRACTS for 2015 PSG program online -
PSG 2015 Annual
Meeting Schedule available -
Instructions for Session Chairs -
Special Paper Sessions (SPS): For 2015 we have
four exciting and timely Special Paper Sessions.
SPS 1: Can seabirds be used to predict impending
climatic events in the Pacific?
Lead Convener: Grant Humphries (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SPS X: Merging seabird and fisheries data to track
marine ecosystem processes and fluctuations:
This is no longer a special paper session, but has been
combined with the general session titled ‘Seabird-Fisheries
SPS 2: Community-based seabird conservation
Lead Convener: Peter Hodum
SPS 3: Ashy Storm-Petrel Rangewide Science and Conservation
Lead Convener: David Ainley (email@example.com)
SPS 4: Shearwaters forever or cause for concern? The
conservation and status of shearwaters
Lead Convener: Mark Rauzon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Annual Meeting Logo Gear
Get your PSG merchandise! Cool shirts and
pint glases with the PSG 2015 Logo are available for
purchase. Order all items through your RegOnline
account or at the PSG meeting. Supplies are limited so don't
miss out! To see the designs,
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Please register as soon as possible to assist the Local
Committee Chair with planning for the event. The conference
will be held at the
San Jose Airport Garden Hotel,
a convenient location to restaurants, coffee shops, light
rail, and the San Jose International airport.
|Registration rate (US$)
Room blocks at a special rate are being held until: 02
San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
Located in the heart of San Jose near the intersection of Hwy 101 and 880, this venue is 5-10 minutes from San Jose International Airport (SJC) and is within 10-15 minutes from downtown San Jose via light rail, taxi, or car. More information about the meeting venue can be found at:
Room blocks have been reserved (held until 2 February 2015)
for meeting participants at the San Jose Airport Garden
Hotel where the meeting venue is located. Please book early
to guarantee the PSG room rate ($94/night) and to ensure that you have a
room. Make your hotel reservations online
here or call (321)-800-7707 and request of the room rate
for the Pacific Seabird Group meeting (be sure to mention
Pacific Seabird Group to get the special rate). All unreserved rooms
will be released on 03 February 2015.
In addition to the San Jose Garden Hotel, there are a number
of hotels/motels that vary in price including the Holiday
Inn, Fairfield Inn, Double Tree, Vagabond, and Motel 6. In
addition to places to stay, there are plenty of food options
within walking distance of the San Jose Airport Garden
Hotel. This includes sandwiches, chicken, sushi, Thai,
steaks, and more. There are three major airports servicing
the San Francisco Bay area. The closest airport to the
meeting venue is San Jose International (SJC) but you can
also fly into San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland
International (OAK) airports. Airline fares differ by
airport so it pays to investigate your options. From SFO,
your best option if not driving is using CalTrain which
takes you to downtown San Jose and then transfer to the VTA
light rail (heading north). There is a light rail stop
across the street from the meeting venue. From OAK, you can
take BART heading south to Fremont and then grab a taxi the
rest of the way.
We are interested and in need of items for the silent auction. Please consider donating something for the auction that will be held during the meeting venue. For questions, please contact Scott Shaffer (email@example.com).
The San Francisco Bay area has a diversity of habitats
including estuarine, coastal, and open ocean.
Four fantastic field trips have been organized for meeting
participants, starting on 17 February (before the
meeting) and concluding on 22 Feb (after the meeting).
All trips will depart from the San Jose Airport Garden
Hotel. Costs include applicable entrance fees. No food or
The February 22nd pelagic trip is full and both the
February 17 and 22 Don Edwards trips are nearly full. If you
for these trips but would like to be put on a waiting list,
please send a request to
Tuesday, February 17.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay
National Wildlife Refuge and the South Bay Salt Pond
Restoration Project: Depart hotel at 10:00 AM, return 3:00
PM. We'll tour the largest wetland restoration project on
the U.S. west coast, where former salt evaporation ponds are
being converted back to salt marsh and other wetland
habitats. The area hosts thousands of migrant and wintering
waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds. Rain may
cancel. Cost: Free.
Sunday, February 22.
Monterey Bay pelagic birding trip (from Monterey). You
must make separate reservations for boat trip and
transportation to Monterey, if needed. With
its huge, deep nearshore canyon and productive upwelling,
Monterey Bay is world famous for pelagic seabirding.
Long-time Monterey Bay expert Shearwater Journeys will lead
our offshore cruise. Possibilities include several species
of shearwaters, cormorants, pelicans, alcids, albatrosses,
gulls, cetaceans, pinnipeds, sea otters and other species.
Boat trip: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Bus transportation to Monterey
departs hotel at 6:00 AM, returns about 3:30 PM. Cost:
Boat trip only, $110.00; Round-trip transportation to
Sunday, February 22.
Santa Cruz coast and Hummingbirds. Departs hotel at 8:00 AM,
returns about 2:00 PM. Tour to University of California
Santa Cruz Arboretum to view the amazing “colony” of Allen's
Hummingbirds, an endemic breeder of coastal California that
puts on elaborate courtship flight displays. We’ll also
visit the nearby Santa Cruz coast to look for coastal
seabirds and marine mammals, visit the Santa Cruz Lighthouse
and Surfer Museum, check out the surfers and enjoy the
scenery. Cost: $91.00.
Sunday, February 22.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and
the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Depart hotel at
8:00 AM, return 1:00 PM. We'll tour the largest wetland
restoration project on the U.S. west coast, where former
salt evaporation ponds are being converted back to salt
marsh and other wetland habitats. The area hosts thousands
of migrant and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, and other
waterbirds. Rain may cancel.
Banquet tickets sold on-line ($70 USD for regular members
and $50 USD for students). The banquet is scheduled for 21
February 2015. A limited number of banquet
tickets will be available at the registration desk. Please
purchase early to assist the Local Committee Chair with
planning the event.
Application Deadline: Passed
Notifications: 15 December 2014
Scientists from outside North America and students from
anywhere are encouraged to apply. Don’t wait for Halloween
Travel Awards are available for (1) students from the
U.S.A./Canada*; (2) students from countries other than the
U.S.A./Canada*; and (3) scientists from countries other than
the U.S.A./Canada who wish to present their work or research
at the Pacific Seabird Group's 2015 Annual Meeting in San
Jose, Alaska, U.S.A. Travel awards are intended to partially
defray the cost of attending the Meeting, but not to cover
the entire expense of attending the meeting. In the past,
Travel Awards have ranged from $200 to $1,000 (U.S.
dollars), depending on the applicant’s expenses for
attending, availability of alternative travel support,
quality of the abstract submitted for an oral or poster
presentation, and the availability of funds for Pacific
Seabird Group (PSG) to support travel to its Annual Meeting.
*Students may only receive one travel award over a
three-year period (for PSG 2015, ineligible students would
thus include those who received travel awards to attend
PSG’s annual meetings in Turtle Bay, Hawaii (2012),
Portland, Oregon (2013), or Juneau, Alaska (2014).
Persons who wish to apply for
Travel Awards should submit application materials online
when they register via RegOnline, no later than 31
October 2014. Note that this deadline is before
the regular abstract submittal deadline. We do this
so that the PSG Awards Committee has ample time to select
and notify awardees, well in advance of when they need to
make travel arrangements. You do not have to pay
registration at this time, but you do need to submit your
What is a Student? PSG defines a student as an undergraduate
or graduate who was enrolled full-time during the quarter or
semester immediately preceding the annual meeting.
Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible for student
membership registration rate or for student travel (or
To apply for a travel award, please tell us in 250 words or
less why you deserve this travel award from PSG.
Additionally, three criteria must be met to be considered
for a travel award; you must: 1) be a PSG member, 2) submit
an abstract for a poster or oral presentation, and 3) agree
to attend PSG’s general membership Business Meeting. . .a
brief (30 min) meeting held during the Annual Meeting. Come
learn more about PSG.
For more information, please contact the past chair, Doug
Thank you for applying for a PSG Travel Award!
Travel Awards are available in three categories:
Students from the US or Canada
Students not from the US or Canada
Scientists not from the US or Canada
RegOnline, tick the box for which of the 3 categories you
PSG's 41st Annual Meeting
held in Juneau, Alaska was extraordinarily
Our sincere thanks to all who
appreciate generous donations by ABR Inc., North
Pacific Research Board, School of Fisheries
& Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and Birdsmith
Ecological Research in support of the 2014 PSG
annual meeting in Juneau.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Achievement Award Recipient
Anthony J. Gaston
2014 Special Achievement Award Recipient
Please visit the
Award webpage to read about
their accomplishment as well as previous award
FROM 2014 PSG ANNUAL MEETING
Abstracts of the 2014 Annual Meeting are
available in pdf
Abstracts from previous meetings are printed in Pacific