Schedule of Events

A PDF of our 2022 schedule can be found here.

January 29, 2022

(NOTE: All times Pacific Standard Time)

9:00-9:10 – Introduction to the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium

Welcome from the WVBS: JALYN DEVEREAUX, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

9:10-10:10  – Plenary 1: “From Denali to Yellowstone: How humans influence birds in our National Parks”   

DR. JOHN MARZLUFF, James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

10:10-10:15 – Break

10:15-11:30 – Oral presentations, morning session

10:15 – Yellow Rails in the West

JEREMY WELCH, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chiloquin, Oregon.

KENNETH POPPER, Wildlife Biologist and Planner, Portland, Oregon.

MICHAEL GREEN, Deputy Chief, USFWS – Migratory Birds and Habitat Program,Portland, Oregon.

10:30 – Chasing a Nomad: Red Crossbills of the Pacific Northwest

JESSICA KARR, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

10:45 – Changes in Northern Pygmy-Owl Behavior and Prey Response

MADELEINE SCOTT, Masters Student (defended), Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

11:00 – ‘Novel’ tree nests outperform traditional cliff nests in the recovering Bonelli’s Eagle of Spain:  A cautionary tale in describing the habitat of a threatened species

RYAN BAUMBUSCH, PhD Candidate, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Doñana Biological Station, Seville, Spain.

11:15 – Lower 48 Big Year2020: Birds, pandemic, and record breaking

JEREMY DOMINGUEZ, Birder and Naturalist, Salem, Massachusetts.

11:30-12:00 – Lunch

12:00-12:30 – Raptor Virtual Encounter with Chintimini Wildlife Center

12:30-12:45 – Utilizing Falconers to Improve Patient Recovery in Wildlife Rehabilitation

DR.CLAIRE PETERSON, Wildlife Veterinarian, Chintimini Wildlife Center, Lewisburg, Oregon

12:45-1:45 – Plenary 2: “The Art of Conservation: Science Communication and Design”

SARA WOLMAN, Naturalist, Designer, Illustrator, Fairbanks, Alaska

1:45-1:50 – Break

1:50-2:5 – Oral presentations, afternoon session

1:50 – Atlantic Puffins in the Gulf of Maine: Their restoration and what research can tell us

about their future

WILL KENNERLEY, Masters Student, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation

Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

2:05 – Effects of capture and handling on nest defense behavior in the house wren

VALERIE BREWER,PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

2:20 – The status of Coastal Snowy Plovers in Oregon

ERICA KRYGSMAN, Masters Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

DANIEL FARRAR, Snowy Plover Biologist, Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

2:35 – Birding in the Southwest: Stories of the Willow Flycatcher and Yellow-billed Cuckoo

JALYN DEVEREAUX, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

2:50-2:55 – Break

2:55-3:55 – Plenary 3: “From city spaces to rural places: conserving birds where we live and work”   

DR. LIBA PEJCHAR Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology,

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado

3:55-4:00 – Closing remarks

Closing remarks from the WVBS: CARA CHRISTENSEN, Masters Student, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

2021 Schedule

A PDF of the 2021 schedule can be found here.

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