Symposia and Workshops

In Observance of World Wetlands Day – 51st Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention*
Virtual talks and In-person tours

Sat, Jan 29 and Sun, Jan 30, 2022


Speaker Program: Saturday, January 29, 2022
All presentations will be hosted through Zoom. Link will be sent to registered attendees in advance of the event. 

9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome and introduction to World Wetlands Day 2022

9:10-9:50 a.m. Prof. Richard Phillips, Leader of the Higher Predators group, Ecosystems Team, British Antarctic Survey: “Seabird migration, and the implications for conservation

9:50-10:30 a.m. Robert W. Butler, co-author with Audrey Benedict of “Pacific Flyway: Waterbird Migration from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego.” : “The Pacific Flyway: Waterbird migration from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:25 a.m. Dr. David Duffy, Gerritt Parmele Wilder Chair, School of Life Sciences, University of Hawaii: “A Tale of two terns: Migration of Aleutian and Arctic terns

11:25 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Dr. Nathaniel Seavy, Director of Migration Science, National Audubon Society: “The Migratory Bird Initiative: From backyard birds to hemispheric conservation

12:05-12:35 p.m. Lunch Break

12:35-1:15 p.m. Dr. Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta, Director of the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “Conservation of shorebirds along the Pacific Flyway

1:15-1:55 p.m. Cory Overton, Wildlife Biologist, Western Ecological Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey: “The Impact of drought on waterbirds and their wetland habitats in California’s Central Valley

1:55-2:10 p.m. Break

2:10-2:50 p.m. Dr. Daniel R. Ruthrauff , Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center: “Alaska and beyond: Tracking migratory shorebirds across the Pacific Basin

2:50-3:10 p.m. Mary J. Whitfield, Research Director, Southern Sierra Research Station: The Motus Wildlife Tracking Network

Optional Tours: Sunday, January 30, 2022
Tour capacity is limited. Pre-registration required.

Tour 1: Tour of Closed area of Bolsa Chica Wetlands
Time: 8:30am-11:30am

Tour 2: Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy Tour
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Tour 3: San Joaquin Marsh Tour with Sea and Sage Audubon
Time: 8:00am until participants choose to leave!

Tour 4: Big Canyon Bird Tour with Newport Bay Conservancy
Time: 8:00am-11:30am

Tour 5: Kayak Tour of Upper Newport Bay with Newport Bay Conservancy
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Cost: $10


REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE: Access to Zoom presentations and tours 1-4 is FREE.





Co-hosted by Newport Bay Conservancy, Sea & Sage Audubon Society, Amigos de Bolsa Chica, and Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy.


Interested in how you can get involved with planning, sponsoring or volunteering at this event? Contact Newport Bay Conservancy,


* The Ramsar Convention (formally, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.


Past Conferences

2/6-7/2021 Wetlands Around the World

Recordings coming soon!


2/1/2020 Be the Change: Climate Solutions for a new Decade

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WATCH the presentations on YOUTUBE

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