Pacific Seabird Group  42nd Annu


Pacific Seabird Group
42nd Annual Meeting:
A Future for Seabirds

San Jose, CA
18-21 February 2015

Program Chair: Kathy Kuletz

Conference Dates

19 December 2014: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS - Be sure to register
    before the December 19th for reduced rates.
17 November 2014: ABSTRACTS ARE DUE!
18 February 2015: ExCo and Committee Meetings; Evening Reception
19-21 February 2015: Scientific Presentations
21 February 2015: Banquet in the evening
22 February 2015: Field Trips

Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission for PSG 2015 is Nearing

Thanks to everyone who submitted your abstracts by November 17th. We have 150 abstracts submitted to date. However, because some of you reported problems in the RegOnline process, or had a variety of other reasons, we extended the deadline to 2 December 2014.

Please note - if you plan to be part of a special paper sessions - you need to submit an abstract via RegOnLine AND CONTACT the Special Paper Session organizer.

Note also that we will allow the early entrants to alter their abstracts until the 2 December deadline; if oral time slots are limited, preference will be given to those who made the earlier deadline.

Details on how to make changes to registration and submitted abstracts are available by clicking here: ModifyPSGRegistion.pdf

Thanks for being part of PSG!

Kathy Kuletz
Program Chair/ Chair-elect

Call for Abstracts and Travel Awards!
Early Registration is Open

 We are pleased to announce the 2015 Pacific Seabird Group's 42nd meeting in San Jose, CA from 18-21 Feb 2015, with the theme “A Future for Seabirds.” Like last year, PSG will use an on-line system for everything.

To submit abstracts, register, purchase field trips, banquet tickets, and merchandise, click here to access RegOnLine (
PSG will soon post additional information.

With many thanks, and looking forward to seeing ‘A Future for Seabirds’, and you in San Jose!

Kathy Kuletz, Chair Elect and 2015 Scientific Program Chair.
Doug Forsell, 2015 Travel Awards.
Scott Shaffer, 2015 Local Committee Chair.
Christine Ogura, Treasurer.

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission EXTENDED TO 02 December 2014

  • Travel award applications accepted UNTIL 31 October 2014

  • Early registration ENDS 19 December 2014

  • Notification abstract acceptance and travel awards ON 15 December 2014

  • Hotel reservations with PSG room block rate ENDS 02 February 2015

Scientific Program

Deadline for Abstracts: 17 November 2014
Notifications: 15 December 2014

Abstracts are maximum 1,750 characters (with spaces, ~ 250 words).  Please provide up to six (6) authors when you submit on-line with your abstract, including names, address, and email address.   You can have as many authors as you like for your oral or poster presentation; we have limited the fields only in the on-line tool.  You can submit an abstract and return to pay for registration later.

Submit abstracts in any of the usual Contributed Sessions (please select one):
Behavior; Breeding Biology; Climate Change; Conservation Biology; Contaminants and Marine Debris; Fisheries (see Special Paper Session); Foraging Ecology; Genetics; Management; Policy, or Planning; Non-breeding Biology; Physiology; Population Biology; Restoration and Eradication; Tools and Techniques; Tracking and Distribution.

Special Paper Sessions (SPS): For 2015 we have five exciting and timely Special Paper Sessions! If you have a presentation or poster that you would like included in a particular session, contact the leads below when you submit your abstract.  Some of the SPS have already lined out speakers, but they may have openings for additional oral and poster presentations. Click here for detailed descriptions of the SPS (Special Paper Session pdf).

SPS 1: Can seabirds be used to predict impending climatic events in the Pacific?
Lead Convener: Grant Humphries (

SPS 2: Merging seabird and fisheries data to track marine ecosystem processes and fluctuations
Lead Convener: Stephani Zador (

SPS 3: Community-based seabird conservation
Lead Convener: Peter Hodum (

SPS 4: Ashy Storm-Petrel Rangewide Science and Conservation
Lead Convener: David Ainley (

SPS 5: Shearwaters forever or cause for concern? The conservation and status of shearwaters
Lead Convener: Mark Rauzon (


Early registration ends: 19 December 2014. Cick here to access RegOnLine (

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$) Early bird Late registration
Member 285 335
Student member 155 205
Non-member 330 380
Student non-member 180 230
Day rate 130 180


Room blocks at a special rate are being held until: 02 February 2015.

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.

Travel Awards

Deadline: 31 October 2014
Notifications: 15 December 2014

Scientists from outside North America and students from anywhere are encouraged to apply. Don’t wait for Halloween to apply!

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 abstract.

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 presentation) awards.

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 Forsell, at:

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

In RegOnline, tick the box for which of the 3 categories you are applying.

Silent Auction

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 (

Field Trips

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 drink provided. If a trip is full when you register, you will be put on a waiting list.

1)    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.

2)    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 Monterey, $90.00.

3)    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.

4)    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. Cost: Free.


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.  

PSG's 41st Annual Meeting held in Juneau, Alaska was extraordinarily successful!

Our sincere thanks to all who participated.

We 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.


2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Anthony J. Gaston


2014 Special Achievement Award Recipient
 Vivian Mendenhall

Please visit the Lifetime Award webpage to read about their accomplishment as well as previous award winners.



Abstracts of the 2014 Annual Meeting are available in pdf format (Abstracts)
Abstracts from previous meetings are printed in Pacific Seabirds

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