Thursday, December 31, 2009
4th International PIF Conference Proceedings Published
Proceedings of the 4th International Partners in Flight (PIF) Conference have just been published and are available as a link on the PIF website. Held in McAllen, Texas on 13–16 February 2008, the conference's theme was Tundra to Tropics: Connecting Birds, Habitats and People. VCE staff Chris Rimmer and Kent McFarland were among the nearly 700 people in attendance, >100 of whom hailed from countries other than the U.S.; these included our Hispaniolan colleagues Esteban Garrido and Enold Loius Jean. There were nearly 500 oral and poster presentations among the conference’s 39 individual sessions, including a talk by Chris Rimmer.
The proceedings feature >700 pages of technical papers that focus on identifying priority needs and implementation actions to advance the conservation of birds. Themes range from basic biology, to anthropogenic impacts, to decision support tools, to education and outreach, to inventory and monitoring of avian populations. With colleague Jason Townsend from SUNY ESF, VCE coauthored a paper, "Investigating the Limiting Factors of a Rare, Vulnerable Species: Bicknell's Thrush" in the Basic Biology section.
The PIF proceedings provide a wealth of vital information that will guide conservation planning and policy decision-making for Nearctic-Neotropical migrants, as well as research and monitoring, for years to come.