The 7th North American Duck Symposium will be held at the Westin Annapolis Hotel, 1-5 February 2016. This conference will draw together researchers, government, non-government conservation organizations, and industry representatives to address shared priorities for waterfowl and wetland conservation and management. Building on the success of six previous symposia, The University of Delaware's Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and USGS Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge are proud to bring the North American Ducks Symposium to the Atlantic Flyway for the first time! Annapolis Maryland was intentionally chosen as a conference venue as its geographic location will facilitate attendance of participants originating from both North America and Europe and is easily accessible from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Dulles International, and Reagan International Airports.
Today, perhaps as never before, waterfowl management faces significant challenges resulting from key scientific uncertainties about the effects of drivers of duck population change in fast-changing ecological and social arenas. Additionally waterfowl management has been on the cutting edge of considering integrated management of habitat, harvest, and humans to better meet the demands from a changing ecological and sociological landscape. Morning plenary speakers will be followed by concurrent sessions which will include key topics including sustainable wildlife harvest, identifying sources of habitat degradation, socio-economics in waterfowl management, adaptive management, establishing collaborative research relationships with industry to benefit conservation and feature sessions dedicated to breeding biology, migration ecology, winter ecology, foraging, physiology, diseases, and contaminants. Other conference sessions will examine techniques for determining population status and trends, population dynamics, survival and recruitment, migratory pathways, critical habitats, and management options. Conference will also host two evening poster sessions, workshops, and special sessions in response to a call for proposals. Field trips are planned to view wintering waterfowl and habitats in the legendary Chesapeake Bay. As has been the tradition of previous NADS conferences, we will provide an outstanding forum for students to present their research in oral and poster formats, gain professional experience, earn credit from their university, and network with professionals from around the world.
We invite you to explore this website to see the exciting mix of workshops, invited plenary lectures, poster presentations, and papers that will address the cutting edge conservation issues that will contribute to the science content of NADS7!