20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean (and BirdSleuth Caribbean)

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The 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean will take place July 25-29, 2015, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaica. Organized around the theme “Birds—Connecting Communities and Conservation,” the BirdsCaribbean’s 20th International Meeting will bring together Caribbean and international wildlife professionals, ornithologists, educators, decision makers, tourism interests, community leaders, students and others to share information and learn about the latest avian research and initiatives to conserve Caribbean birds and their habitats. The deadline for submissions is May 15 (the official call for abstracts to present a paper or poster will be open soon).

Many thanks to Emma Lewis—see her Petchary blog post below–for bringing this item to our attention. As she also points out, BirdsCaribbean is also organizing a BirdSleuth Caribbean camp for children from July 20 to 23 at Hope Zoo. See more below.

Description: The meeting will feature exciting keynote speakers, symposia and paper sessions as well as training workshops, round-table discussions, and working group meetings that promote applied conservation and collaboration to solve our shared environmental challenges.

In addition to the 5 days of the main conference, there will be wonderful pre- and post conference workshops and field trips (a chance to see all 29 of Jamaica’s endemic birds!), so be sure to save dates on your calendar for several days before and after the conference to participate in some of these events.

Early-bird registration, the call for papers and online application for travel support will be open soon. Visit the Program page to see the draft list of sessions. Further details on the program, pre-, post- and mid-conference field trips, etc. are being added to this website regularly, so check back often!

Emma Lewis (Petchary) writes: BirdsCaribbean is not forgetting our young people. It is planning a children’s BirdSleuth Caribbean camp from July 20-23 at Hope Zoo. Partners are welcome – especially funding partners who are interested in supporting science education in Jamaica. BirdSleuth Caribbean is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection. It gets kids outdoors and connecting with nature by focusing on the fascinating sights, sounds, and behaviors of birds. Hands-on activities and games are used to teach about birds and ecology, and kids are encouraged to answer their own questions about nature using the scientific process. The curriculum, originally created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has been adapted especially to the Caribbean by BirdsCaribbean, incorporating Caribbean birds and examples in the lessons. Several partners are now implementing the program in their country following a 3-day international training workshop in Nassau, Bahamas in October 2014. All partners received workshop kits (with all the materials needed to deliver the program) and small grants to help fund their local training workshops with educators and activities with youth in various events.

For more information, see https://petchary.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/birdscaribbeans-20th-international-meeting-is-coming-to-kingston-in-july/ and https://sites.google.com/site/birdscaribbeanmeeting2015/home

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