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)
Plenary Speaker 1: Dan Ashe, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (30 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
1. Plenary Speakers : Jerry Serie and Bob Blohm, The Migratory Bird Treaty – Legacy and Foundation for Waterfowl Management (40 min)
2. Management Research on Waterfowl Life Cycles, Populations and Energetics. Matthew C. Perry (25 min)
3. 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)
4. Shifting paradigms for prairie habitat conservation. Bruce Batt and James K. Ringelman (25 min)
5. Eighty-five years of monitoring and modeling waterfowl populations. James S. Sedinger, Ray T. Alisauskas, and James O. Leafloor (25 min)
6. 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
1. Prioritizing Research and Monitoring to Improve Sea Duck Harvest Management. M. Koneff
2. Defining Sea Duck Populations: What We Wish We Could Measure and How To Interpret What We Can Measure. J. Pearce
3. Understanding the Diverse Sea Duck Harvest Communities for Responsive Management and Conservation. T. Rothe
4. Identifying Areas of Importance for Sea Ducks Throughout Their Annual Cycle. N. McClellan
5. Sea Duck Habitat Associations along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. E. Silverman
6. Industrial Interests within Arctic and Marine Environments of Importance to Sea Ducks. J. Woehr
7. Avian cholera epizootics in sea ducks and sea birds on the Chesapeake Bay. Larrty Hindman, Gary Costanzo, William Harvey, and Mark Wilson.
8. 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
9. Are common eider nest predators limiting species recovery. Wilhelm Wiese and Christopher Latty
10-11. What Tools Do We Have for Sea Duck Conservation and What Constituencies Do We Need To Engage? T. Bowman
12. 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
Student Mentor - Mentee
Hospitality hosted by California Waterfowl Association
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Plenary Speaker 1:
Plenary Speaker 2:
Featured Morning Session: Strengthening the Links Between Waterfowl Research and Management
Organizer: Tony Roberts
Special Session: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation of Monochromatic Ducks.
Organizers: Ron R. Bielefeld and Bruce D. Dugger
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.
- Wetland management challenges at Chickasaw NWR - a large river floodplain lacking protective mainstem levees.
Gary D. Pogue.
- 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
Plenary Speaker 1: Robert Clark, Environment Canada
Plenary Speakers 2: Michael Schaub, Swiss Ornithological Institute: Inference about population processes by combining counts and demographic data using integrated population models”.
Featured Morning Session: Integrated Population Models to Inform Waterfowl Ecology and Conservation.
Organizer: Todd Arnold and David Koons
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
- 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
Half Day Special Session: Looking Ahead Toward Future Management of Shallow Lakes
Organizers: Nicole Hansel-Welch, Mark A. Hanson, Dale A. Wrubleski, Kyle D. Zimmer
- Management Or Restoration - What Are We Doing With Shallow Lakes In Minnesota? Nicole Hansel-Welch
- Predicting Total Phosphorus and Assessing State Transition Risk in Shallow Lakes. Kelsey Vitense
- Rehabilitating Turbid Shallow Lakes: Harder Than We Think? Kelsey Vitense
- 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
- 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
Plenary Speaker 1: Dale D. Humburg
Plenary Speakers 2: Michael G. Anderson, Ducks Unlimited Canada, From coherence to integration: challenges of multiple scales, decision authorities, and processes
Featured Morning Session: Implementing the 2012 NAWMP Revision: Management Decisions to Integrate Multiple Objectives at Varying Scales.
Organizer: Dale D. Humburg
- Introduction to the session. Dale D. Humburg
- From coherence to integration: challenges of multiple scales, decision authorities, and processes. Michael G. Anderson
- Values translated into objectives: Engaging waterfowl stakeholders. David C. Fulton, Andrew Raedeke, Jason Spaeth, Michael Kilgore, Howie Harshaw, Gray Anderson, and Dale D. Humburg
- 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
- Multi-Level Learning in Waterfowl Conservation. Fred A. Johnson, Dale D. Humburg, and David J. Case
Special Session: Waterfowl & Water: The Crisis is Now
Organizer: Mark 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
Banquet and Awards Ceremony