Presentations are not just for conferences! Here are links to some of the slideshows that accompanied our distinguished speakers’ presentations, uploaded with their permission. Although it is not the same as actually being in the room with the speaker, It will help spread the word about the urgent need for conservation and preservation of our natural resources. (Some of these presentations are in PDF format. All have been uploaded and made available with the permission of the speaker.)
Advocacy 101 by Sean Mahar, NYS Audubon
New York State Young Birders Club
The members of the New York State Young Birders Club impressed everyone at the conference with their papers, posters, and cheerful presence on field trips, at presentations, and at the Banquet. And, their supportive parents aren’t too shabby either! Carena Pooth, adult advisor to the NYS Young Birders Club, put together a slideshow, NYSYBC Slideshow: The First 5 Years, which was presented at the conference NYSYBC meeting. You can view the slideshow using the link.
Waterbirds of the New York Harbor 1982 -2013 Nesting and Population Trends by Susan Elbin, NYC Audubon
Here is an abstract of Dr. Susan Elbin’s presentation on the nesting herons and egrets of New York Harbor. You can download a PDF of her presentation using the link below. (This download may take a few minutes. We are working on making a compressed version of the file available.)
NY City Audubon has conducted colonial waterbird nest surveys since 1982. Species surveyed included: Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor), Green Heron (Butorides virescens), Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus), and Herring Gull (Larus argentatus). By 1986, colonies occupied 4 of 17 suitable island sites; 7 in 1996; and 11 in 2013. The harbor-wide wading bird population peaked in 1993 (n=2283 pairs) and has remained at about 1,525 pairs (SE=450) through 2013. Cormorant colony dynamics follow the same pattern: increasing site use from 3 to 8 islands. The population peaked in 1995 (n=1806) and has maintained a harbor-wide population of 1195 pairs (SE=307) through 2013. Monitoring nesting activity provides important basic population information, but additional components addressing foraging dynamics and diet are needed in a monitoring program to fully guide management and conservation of colonial waterbirds. Since 2006, monitoring has included research and surveys that address the nutritional landscape, including assessment of adult diet, nestling provisioning, and seasonal carry-over effects, and contaminant load.