The NORTHEAST REGIONAL MIGRATION MONITORING NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING will be held May 18-19, 2017, at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park in beautiful Downeast Maine!
Join us for another fun and productive meeting as we continue to learn about bird and bat movements, network with other researchers, and build collaborations across North America and beyond! This year's meeting will feature several workshops and updates on the use of nanotags and other technology in studying animal movement. For more information about NRMMN and the meeting, and to be put on the NRMMN mailing list, contact Dr. Rebecca Holberton, rebecca.holberton 'AT' maine.edu
Plans for the 2017 meeting of the Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network, May 18-19, are underway and our on-line registration and lodging/meals reservation is now up and ready for you! (Note that there is a deadline, May 1, for registration, after which Schoodic Institue will charge a late fee.)
This year's meeting will be Thursday and Friday, May 18-19 at the Schoodic Institute in beautiful Acadia National Park. As in the past, we will have a day of presentations and discussion on Thursday, and workshop(s)on Friday. On Friday, Phil Taylor, fromAcadia University, will also give an informative overview and update on the use of VHF nanotag automated radiotelemetry and the Sensorgnome recording systems,as well as the Motus Tracking System (http://motus-wts.org/) that coordinates the growing number of telemetry studies throughout North America. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this system and how it might work for your studies. NRMMN meetings are small to facilitate networking amongst researchers interested in animal movements in the northeast and beyond! I will send out a draft program as the time approaches. (No abstracts need to be submitted – just a talk title! And, if you wish to organize a round table/workshop period, a description, contact me asap!) Snacks and beverages will be provided free throughout the meeting. If you have any questions about the meeting, contact me (rebecca.holberton 'AT' maine.edu)!
This year,thanks to Phil Taylor, we will host a special speaker, award-winning authorDeborah Cramer, on Thursday evening during our meeting! Deborah’s book The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey” (Yale University Press) has received several awards (National Academy of Sciences Keck Communications Award Best Book 2016,Society of Environmental Journalists Rachel CarsonBook Award 2016, Southern Environmental LawCenter Reed Award 2016, Massachusetts Book Awards Must Read 2016) and she will give a talk on her research into Red Knot migration and the challenges facing this and other species. This talk will be open to the public – please invite your friends and colleagues! We will have a reception following Deborah’s talk.
The online registration format includes selecting whether you are giving a presentation or not. If so, be sure to include a title for your talk and see the information for speakers below. I've also included other meeting information below. Here's the link to register and reserve lodging and/or meals! (If you have any questions about meals or lodging or overall payment, please contact Megan Moshier at firstname.lastname@example.org):https://uevent.com/registration?code=6WWWNPDZTQ
Room check-in: For those staying at the Schoodic Institute and arriving Wednesday,please check in at the NPS/SI office (see campus map) by 5:00 p.m. (ask forMegan Mosier, Events Coordinator). If you will arrive after 5:00, please contact Megan (207-288-1337, email@example.com) earlier to make arrangements with her about how to check in after office hours.
Note: the dining room will NOT be open Wednesday evening, so be sure to plan accordingly! There are many restaurants, shops, etc. in the Ellsworth area, which you will be passing through on your way to Schoodic in Acadia
Info for Speakers – Plan for a20-min presentation, including time for a few questions. We will stay on time as there will be plenty of time throughout the meeting for additional discussion. Please bring your talk as a Powerpoint presentation on a USB thumb drive or similar portable device, to be loaded on the meeting computer (a Mac OSX with several versions of Powerpoint, Quicktime, and many other programs) at least 20-30 min before each session starts (be sure to include any audio or video files you may have in your talk as well!). If desired, you can upload your file(s) onto Dropbox and invite me to share the folder - I can upload it from there on to the meeting computer. A laser pointer, slide advancer,and audio system will be provided. Note: We are not offering remote participation this year.
NRMMN is a dynamic interactive group of resource agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private foundations from Atlantic Canada to the mid-Atlantic region working to learn about the movement biology and ecology of birds and bats.
Beginning as a small working group in 2010, NRMMM expanded rapidly to meet the growing demands for information about full life cycle conservation of animals in our region. Through partnerships and pooled resources NRMMN researchers:
Only through collaboration and by integrating multiple methods such as stable isotope sampling, banding, radar, radiotelemetry, and passive acoustic monitoring, are NRMMN partners showing that the Gulf of Maine region is a busy, complex, and important flyway for birds and bats. Over 300 bird species comprising all major avian taxa occur in the Gulf of Maine region. During fall migration, 50 % or more of some landbird species moving through the region are coming from breeding populations as far west as Alaska and western Canada, illustrating that the region concentrates birds on a continent-wide scale. And, with over 80% of its migrants heading to and from the Arctic and boreal regions, which are undergoing major threats from global climate change, the Gulf of Maine region must provide critical resources, such as high quality stopover areas to rest and refuel and passageways safe from collision with structures such as communication towers and commercial wind energy projects during the period that posed the challenges for many species. Understanding animal movements at different spatial scales is essential for supporting full life cycle conservation!
There is still much to do! Please contact me to learn more about NRMMN and how you can participate!
Dr. Rebecca Holberton, Director Laboratory of Avian Biology Rm 221 Murray Hall School of Biology & Ecology University of Maine Orono, ME 04469
Email: rebecca.holberton 'AT' maine.edu (note that 'AT' replaces @ to prevent email harvesting) Tel: 207-581-2526 Fax: 207-581-2537
The following pages serve as a listing of pertinent references by subject (methods, reports, seabirds, passerines, bats) relating to the monitoring of migratory birds in the Gulf of Maine. PDF files are available by clicking on the reference link.