Plenary Speakers, Special Sessions, and Workshops
(Please note that we are still developing the program and schedule and these session days and times may change!)
Monday, February 1, 2016
Workshop: Remote spatial data collection for waterfowl: industry innovations, applications, and potential issues.
Organizers: Dave Brandt and Bart Ballard
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Welcoming Address: Dr. Chris Williams, University of Delaware (10 min)
Larry Hindman, Maryland DNR (10 min)
Featured Morning Session: Celebrating 100 Years of Waterfowl Research and Management since the Migratory Bird Treaty – History and Science Guiding Us Forward
Organizer: Mike Anderson, David Trauger, and Leigh Fredrickson
Plenary Speaker 1: Dan Ashe, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Plenary Speakers 2 : Jerry Serie, Bob Blohm, and David Sharpe The Migratory Bird Treaty – Legacy and Foundation for Waterfowl Management
- Management Research on Waterfowl Life Cycles, Populations and Energetics. Matthew C. Perry (25 min)
- A century of land management evolution: From guess work to complex decision-making in highly modified landscapes exhibiting extreme variability. Leigh H. Fredrickson, Murray K. Laubhan, Kenneth Higgins, Sammy King (25 min)
- Shifting paradigms for prairie habitat conservation. Bruce Batt and James K. Ringelman (25 min)
- Eighty-five years of monitoring and modeling waterfowl populations. James S. Sedinger, Ray T. Alisauskas, and James O. Leafloor (25 min)
- Evolving perspectives on waterfowl research and conservation: scale, system integrity and human impacts. Michael G. Anderson, and David Trauger (20 min)
Special Session: Current Issues in the Conservation and Management of Sea Ducks
Organizers: Chris Dwyer
- Prioritizing Research and Monitoring to Improve Sea Duck Harvest Management. M. Koneff
- Defining Sea Duck Populations: What We Wish We Could Measure and How To Interpret What We Can Measure. J. Pearce
- Understanding the Diverse Sea Duck Harvest Communities for Responsive Management and Conservation. T. Rothe
- Identifying Areas of Importance for Sea Ducks Throughout Their Annual Cycle. N. McClellan
- Sea Duck Habitat Associations along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. E. Silverman
- Industrial Interests within Arctic and Marine Environments of Importance to Sea Ducks. J. Woehr
- Avian cholera epizootics in sea ducks and sea birds on the Chesapeake Bay. Larry Hindman, Gary Costanzo, William Harvey, and Mark Wilson.
- San Francisco Bay diving ducks ecology: Distribution, movements and the unknown. Kyle Spragens, Susan De La Cruz, Lacy Smith, Stacy Moskal, John Takekawa, Cheryl Strong, and Orian Richmond
- Are common eider nest predators limiting species recovery. Wilhelm Wiese and Christopher Latty
- -11.What Tools Do We Have for Sea Duck Conservation and What Constituencies Do We Need To Engage? T. Bowman (40 min)
- Are We Addressing the Right Things At the Right Scale? C. Dwyer
Special Session: Foraging, Nutrition, and Energetics of Waterfowl: The Foundations of Habitat Management
Organizers: Scott McWilliams and Bruce Dugger
- Energetics and Nutrition of Migrating and Wintering Dabbling Ducks – What Have We Learned In The Past 50 Years And Where Should Management Be Headed. Mickey E. Heitmeyer (40 min)
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- Are Detailed Energetics Studies Needed to Assess Habitat Requirements? Allometry, Mechanistic Models, and Other Confounding Factors. James R. Lovvorn
- An empirical evaluation of landscape energetic models: Mallard and American black duck space use during the non-breeding period. William S. Beatty, Elisabeth B. Webb, Dylan C. Kesler, Luke W. Naylor, Andrew H. Raedeke, Dale D. Humburg, John M. Coluccy, Gregory J. Soulliere
- Influences of Individual Quality and Energetic Carry-Over Effects on Reproductive Success: Evidence from Dabbling Ducks. David W. Johns and Robert G. Clark
- Improving Bioenergetic Carrying Capacity Estimates by Including Morphometrics in Cost of Thermoregulation. Christopher K. Williams, Mark C. Livolsi, Scott R. McWilliams
- Foraging, Nutrition, and Energetics of Waterfowl: A European Perspective. Matthieu Guillemain*, Claire A. Pernollet, Céline Arzel, Johan Elmberg, John Eadie (40 min)
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- Diet and Nutrition of King Eiders and Long-tailed Ducks Arriving to Breed at Karrak Lake, Nunavut. Ray T. Alisauskas, Dana K. Kellett
- Geographic and Interspecific Variation of Seaduck Food Habits In Northeastern North America. Matthew C. Perry, Peter C. Osenton, Alicia M. Wells-Berlin
- True Metabolizable Energy of Waterfowl Foods: Our Current Understanding and Implications for Conservation Planning. John M. Coluccy, Matt T. DiBona, Bruce D. Dugger, Mark C. Livolsi, Mark J. Petrie, Kevin M. Ringelman, Christopher K. Williams
- Effects of Recent Trends in Agriculture on Waterfowl Nutrition and Energetics. Gary L. Krapu
Student Mentor - Mentee
Hospitality hosted by California Waterfowl Association
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Featured Morning Session: Strengthening the Links Between Waterfowl Research and Management
Organizer: Tony Roberts
Plenary Speaker 1: Ken Williams, Prospects for the Integration of Waterfowl Science and Management
Plenary Speaker 2: Jim Nichols, Adaptive Waterfowl Harvest Management: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?
- Decision Analysis as a Framework to Link Waterfowl Research and Management. Michael C. Runge, G. Scott Boomer, Fred A. Johnson, and Byron K. Williams (24min)
- Waterfowl Conservation and the Value of Information. Fred A. Johnson, Byron K. Williams (24 min)
- Using Science to Inform Waterfowl Habitat Acquisition and Management Decisions. David Howerter, Benjamin Rashford, Kathleen Fleming, Patrick K. Devers (24 min)
- State and Flyway Perspectives on the Linkage between Research and Waterfowl Management and Conservation. Mark P. Vrtiska, Frank Baldwin, Greg Balkcom, Jeff Knetter (24 min)
- Muddy Boots and Ivory Towers: Challenges and Opportunities of Applied Waterfowl Research in Academic Institutions. John M. Eadie, David N. Koons, Todd W. Arnold, Bart M. Ballard, Robert G. Clark, Scott R. McWilliams, Anthony Roberts, Chris Williams (24 min)
Special Session: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation of Monochromatic Ducks.
Organizers: Ron R. Bielefeld and Bruce D. Dugger
- Introduction to the Session. Ron R. Bielefeld, and Bruce D. Dugger
- Genomics of New World Mallard-Like Ducks. Philip Lavretsky, Jeffrey L. Peters, and Kevin G. McCracken.
- Why Are Some Ducks Brown? Caitlin Wells.
- Evolution, Ecology and Conservation of the American Black Duck. Patrick K. Devers.
- Geographic Variation in Hybridization Between Mallards and Hawaii’s Koloa Maoli. Caitlin Wells, Philip Lavretsky, Jeffrey Peters, Bruce Dugger, Christopher Malachowski, John Eadie, and Andrew Engilis, Jr.
- At What Scale Should Mottled Ducks Be Managed? David A. Haukos, Jena A. Moon, and Warren C. Conway.
- Prioritizing Mottled Duck Habitat for Conservation Along the Western Gulf Coast.
- Keeping The Florida Mottled Duck A Monochrome. Jamie C. Feddersen and Ronald R. Bielefeld.
- Movements and Seasonal Use of Habitats by Female Mottled Ducks in Southeast Florida. Dana M. Varner, Gary R. Hepp, and Ronald R. Bielefeld.
- Timing and movements of mottled ducks in Georgia and South Carolina. Kaylee M. Pollander, Greg D. Balkcom, and Michael J. Chamberlain
- Nesting Ecology of Mottled Ducks in Coastal South Carolina. Molly R. Kneece, J. Clay Shipes, J. Brian Davis, Ernie P. Wiggers, Richard M. Kaminski, Michael E. Colvin.
- Social Indices of Breeding Mottled Ducks in Coastal South Carolina
Special Session: Incorporation of Hydrologic and Geomorphic Variability in the Restoration of Natural Processes: The Foundation for Producing Sustainable Wetland Resources for Wetland Dependent Wildlife
Organizers: Leigh H. Fredrickson, Matt Bowyer, Murray Laubhan, and Adonia Henry
- Setting the stage for restoration and management of natural processes. Leigh Fredrickson
- Historic landform process models: A key to successful wetland and riverine restoration. Paul L. Tashjian, John Vradenburg
- Incorporating hydrologic and geomorphic variables into wetland management in the Intermountain West. Adonia R. Henry, William S. Smith, and Leigh H. Fredrickson.
- Trash the cookie cutter and pick up the puzzle pieces: Reconnecting historic hydrologic and topographical conditions in seasonal herbaceous wetlands in Missouri. Keith Cordell, Matt Bowyer, and Frank Nelson.
- Wetland Restoration and management in arid floodplains with high agricultural and urban water needs. John Vradenburg.
- Managing wetland resources in a highly altered, arid, and ever-changing environment in the Central Valley of California. Mike Wolder.
- Assessing the value of sediment removal in restoring prairie pothole wetlands. Shawn G. Papon.
- Private land initiatives in the bottomland hardwood region of Bayou Meto Arkansas. Jody Pagan.
- Restoration of native Hawaiian plant communities to benefit five endangered waterbirds: Recognition of geomorphic surfaces, hydrologic conditions, native seed banks, and bugs as a path to success. Chadd Smith.
- Rehabilitation and management of a shallow lake complex in south central Minnesota. Jeanine Vorland.
Poster Session I
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Featured Morning Session: Integrated Population Models to Inform Waterfowl Ecology and Conservation.
Organizer: Todd Arnold and David Koons
Plenary Speaker 1: Robert Clark, Using Population Models to Test Ecological Hypotheses and Guide Conservation Decisions
Plenary Speakers 2: Michael Schaub, Inference about population processes by combining counts and demographic data using integrated population models
- Integrated Population Modelling Reveals a Perceived Source to be a Cryptic Sink. Mitch D. Weegman, Stuart Bearhop, Anthony David Fox, Geoff M. Hilton, Alyn J. Walsh, David J. Hodgson
- Drivers of lesser scaup population dynamics at a continental scale. David N. Koons, Michael Schaub, Todd W. Arnold, Mitchell D. Weegman, Beth E. Ross, Jeffrey M. Warren, Christopher A. Nicolai, Robert G. Clark
- An integrated population model for northern pintail to guide harvest and habitat management. Erik E. Osnas, G. Scott Boomer, Michael C. Runge, Robert G. Clark, James H. Devries
- An Integrated Population Model for American Black Ducks. Todd W. Arnold, David N. Koons, Michael Schaub
- Integrated Population Models for Black Brant: Derived Parameters And Sampling Variance. Thomas V. Riecke and James S. Sedinger
- Integrated Population Models to Inform Waterfowl Ecology and Conservation: Pitfalls and Promises. Todd W. Arnold, Robert G. Clark, David N. Koons, Erik E. Osnas, Thomas V. Riecke, Michael Schaub, Mitchell D. Weegman
Special Session: Mexico’s Rich Waterfowl History, Contemporary Wetland Challenges, and Maintaining Anatid Biodiversity.
Organizers: Eduardo Carrera, Alberto L Afton, Leigh Fredrickson, and Sammy King
- Introductory Remarks: International Cooperation Across North America A Key To Continental Waterbird Conservation. Eduardo Carrera-González, Alberto Lafón-Terrazas, Leigh H Fredrickson
- A historical perspective on the conservation of waterfowl in Mexico. Jorge Enrique Mendoza Valverde
- The current state of policy and legislation related to environmental resources in Mexico. Alberto Lafon-Terrazas
- Distribution and status of Mexico's wetland resources. Eduardo Carrera-Gonzalez
- Initial efforts for waterfowl monitoring in Mexico. Alberto Laflon-Terrazas
- Distribution and composition of the Mexican waterfowl harvest. Eduardo Carrera-Gonzalez
- Distribution and productivity of the Mexican duck and related species. Eduardo Carrera-Gonzalez & Alberto Laflon-Terrazas
- A history of the U.S. Flyway biologists/pilots' efforts in Mexico. Jim Worthan & Phil Thorpe
- Functional aspect of wetlands in Mexico's arid northern highlands. Leigh H. Fredrickson
- Bosque del Apache NWR and Mexico: A history of international collaboration. John Vradenburg
- A Stiff Comparison: Comparing Time-Activity Budgets of Stiff-Tailed Ducks in Puerto Rico. Nick Goodman, Jack C. Eitniear, and James T. Anderson
- Closings Remarks: The Mexico Challenge in North American Waterbird Conservation. Eduardo Carrera-González, Alberto Lafón-Terrazas, and Leigh H. Fredrickson
Special Session: Looking Ahead Toward Future Management of Shallow Lakes
Organizers: Nicole Hansel-Welch, Mark A. Hanson, Dale A. Wrubleski, Kyle D. Zimmer
- A Watershed Approach for Conservation of Prairie-Pothole Wetlands. Michael J. Anteau, Mark T. Wiltermuth, Lisa A. McCauley, Max Post van der Burg
- Predicting Total Phosphorus and Assessing State Transition Risk in Shallow Lakes. Kelsey Vitense, Nicole Hansel-Welch, Mark A. Hanson, Brian R. Herwig, Kyle D. Zimmer, and John Fieberg
- Landscape-scale evaluation of the "alternative stable state" hypothesis within large northern prairie wetlands in context of waterbird conservation. Mark T. Wiltermuth*, Michael J. Anteau
- Rehabilitating Turbid Shallow Lakes: Harder Than We Think? Mark A. Hanson, Brian R. Herwig, Kyle D. Zimmer, Nicole Hansel-Welch, Kelsey Vitense, and John Fieberg
- Is Island Biogeography a Good Model for Managing Biodiversity in Shallow Lakes? Kyle D. Zimmer, Luke E. Nolby, Mark A. Hanson, Brian R. Herwig, William O. Hobbs, Joy M. Ramstack Hobbs, Kevin M. Theissen
- Management Or Restoration - What Are We Doing With Shallow Lakes In Minnesota? Nicole Hansel-Welch, Tammy Baden, Todd Call, Jenny DuBay, Ann Geisen, Steve Kittelson and Melissa Thompson
- Restoring a Large Freshwater Coastal Wetland on the Prairies; Delta Marsh, Manitoba. Dale A. Wrubleski
- Ten Years of Shallow Lake Renovations; Applying What’s Been Learned to Future Management. Vincent D. Evelsizer
- Evolution of Backwater Lakes along the Illinois River with Waterfowl as a Sentinel of Change. Heath M. Hagy, Aaron P. Yetter, Michelle M. Horath, Joshua Stafford.
- Time-lapse Photography: A New Way to Document and Promote Wetland Restoration and Management in Minnesota. Emily J. Hutchins
Special Session: University-based Waterfowl Programs: Current and Future Roles
Organizers: Richard Kaminski, J. Brian Davis, John M. Eadie, and Bart M. Ballard
Poster Session II
Friday February 5, 2016 Morning
Featured Morning Session: Implementing the 2012 NAWMP Revision: Management Decisions to Integrate Multiple Objectives at Varying Scales.
Organizer: Dale D. Humburg
Plenary Speaker 1: Michael G. Anderson, Ducks Unlimited Canada, From coherence to integration: challenges of multiple scales, decision authorities, and processes
Plenary Speaker 2: David C. Fulton, Andrew Raedeke, Jason Spaeth, Michael Kilgore, Howie Harshaw, Gray Anderson, and Dale D. Humburg, Values translated into objectives: Engaging waterfowl stakeholders
- Modeling and Managing Linkages across Objectives: Beyond the JTG. Michael C. Runge
- Adaptive Harvest Management: Re-examining harvest objectives and approaches. Mark P. Vrtiska, Min Huang, W. Adam Phelps, Paul I. Padding, James R. Kelley, Jr., and James A. Dubovsky
- Integrating Human Dimension Considerations into Joint Venture Habitat Delivery. Michael F. Carter, Andy Bishop, and Beth Huning
- Focusing resources on important landscapes: A spatial framework for integrating NAWMP objectives. Michael G. Brasher, Mark J. Petrie, David W. Howerter, and Dale D. Humburg
- Integrated annual cycle models of North American ducks: progress, pitfalls and prospects. John M. Eadie, Robert G. Clark, Jane Austin, G. Scott Boomer, Pat Devers, Jim H. Devries, Brady J. Mattsson, Eric E. Osnas, and Michael C. Runge
Plenary Speaker 3: Fred A. Johnson, Dale D. Humburg, and David J. Case, Multi-Level Learning in Waterfowl Conservation.
Special Session: Waterfowl & Water: The Crisis is Now
Organizer: Mark Petrie
- Introduction to Session. Mark Petrie
- Evidence for Cross Seasonal Effects: Insights from Long-Term Data on Northern Pintail. Megan C. Zarzycki and Bruce D. Dugger
- The California drought: The effects of the current drought on waterfowl habitat in the Central Valley. Gregory S. Yarris, Joseph P. Fleskes, Mark J. Petrie, Mike A. Wolder, Craig R. Isola, and Daniel A. Skalos
- Implications of limited water supplies for waterfowl habitats on the Texas coast. Michael G. Brasher, and Kirby Brown
- Water Issues for the Great Salt Lake: Implications to Wetlands and Waterfowl. Josh L. Vest, Mark J. Petrie, Bruce D. Dugger, Jeffrey M. Warren, Dave W. Smith
- Future Implications of Groundwater Depletion on Waterfowl Foraging Capacity in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. J. Dale James, Anne E. Mini, Mark J. Petrie
- Current and future water shortages in southern Oregon/northeastern California (SONEC). Bruce D. Dugger, Josh L. Vest, Patrick Donnely, John Vradenburg, Joseph P. Fleskes, and Mark J. Petrie
- Overview of Water Quality Issues in the Upper Mississippi River, Great Lakes, and Chesapeake Bay and Long Term Implications for Diving Duck Distribution. K. Sarah Fleming, John Coluccy, Jason Hill, Heath M. Hagy, Michael L. Schummer
- Using an agent-based model (SWAMP) to predict the response of waterfowl to drought, urban expansion and reduced water for agriculture and managed wetlands in California. John M. Eadie, Matt L. Miller, Kevin M. Ringelman, Joseph P. Fleskes, Eliott Matchett, Robert H. Blenk, and Jeffrey C. Schank
- Water will go where it is legally required to go: Being realistic about future wetland water supplies and exploring a new path of collaborative working lands conservation. W. David Smith and Mark J. Petrie
Special Session: The Pride of the Salt Marsh: Status and Future Conservation of the American black duck.
Organizer: Pat Devers
- Early History of Concern for the American Black Duck and Formation of the Black Duck Joint Venture. Jerome R. Serie, Brigitte Collins, Robert J. Blohm, Ken Ross
- Development and Implementation of the Eastern Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey. John Sauer, Daniel Bordage, Mark Koneff, Guthrie Zimmerman
- Development and Implementation of an International Black Duck Harvest Strategy. Michael J. Conroy, Eric T. Reed, Paul I. Padding, Mark D. Koneff, Patrick K. Devers
- Integrating Habitat and Population Dynamics: Achieving NAWMP Goals Through The Use of an Annual Life Cycle Model. Orin Robinson, Conor McGowan, Patrick K. Devers
- Testing the Winter Limitation Hypothesis Using a Two-Season Banding Program. Patrick K. Devers, Guthrie S. Zimmerman, and G. Scott Boomer
- American Black Duck Breeding Habitat: Knowledge and Conservation in a Changing World. Marcel Darveau, Daniel Bordage, Rod Brook, Patricia Edwards, David J. Lieske, Daniel G. McAuley, Nic McLellan, Shawn Meyer, and J. Bruce Pollard
- American Black Duck Bioenergetics Model: A Synthesis of Research and Results. John M. Coluccy, Paul M. Castelli, Patrick K. Devers, Heath M. Hagy, Gregory J. Soulliere, Christopher K. Williams
- Non-breeding Habitat Planning and Delivery for American Black Ducks. Malcom Jones, John Coluccy, Kirsten Luke, and Patrick K. Devers
- A meta-analysis of American Black Duck Winter Habitat Use Along the Atlantic Coast. Kevin M. Ringelman, Christopher K. Williams, Patrick Devers, John M. Coluccy, Paul Castelli, Kurt A. Anderson, Jacob L. Bowman, Gary R. Constanzo, Dane M. Cramer, Matt DiBona, Michael Eichholz, Min Huang, Benjamin Lewis, Dawn Plattner, and Tina Yerkes
- Overwinter Survival and Wintering Ground Fidelity of American Black Ducks in Atlantic Canada. Liam E. Peck, Randy Milton, J. Bruce Pollard, Garry Gregory, Gregory J. Robertson and Mark L. Mallory.
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Banquet and Awards Ceremony