PACIFIC SEABIRDS - Volume 46, Number 1 2019 - Pacific Seabird Group

 
PACIFIC SEABIRDS - Volume 46, Number 1 2019 - Pacific Seabird Group
PACIFIC
  SEABIRDS

        A Publication of the Pacific Seabird Group

Volume 46, Number 1                                  2019
PACIFIC SEABIRDS - Volume 46, Number 1 2019 - Pacific Seabird Group
PACIFIC SEABIRD GROUP
                   Dedicated to the Study and Conservation of Pacific Seabirds and Their Environment

The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) is a society of professional seabird researchers and managers dedicated to the study
and conservation of seabirds. PSG was formed in 1972 out of a need for increased communication among academic and
government seabird researchers. The principal goals of PSG are to (1) increase the quality and quantity of seabird research
through facilitating exchange of information; (2) identify and assess the importance of threats to seabird populations;
and (3) provide government agencies and others with expert advice on managing populations of seabirds. PSG is headed
by an Executive Council composed of members volunteering their time. Members include biologists, wildlife managers,
students, and conservationists from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan and 12 other countries. PSG annual meetings
and publications provide forums where members can share their findings on all research topics relating to Pacific seabirds
and discuss local and large scale conservation issues. Abstracts for meetings are published on our website. PSG publishes
the on-line bulletin Pacific Seabirds (formerly the PSG Bulletin; www.pacificseabirdgroup.org) and the journal Marine
Ornithology (www.marineornithology.org). Other publications include symposium volumes and technical reports; these
are listed near the back of this issue. PSG is a member of the Ornithological Council and the American Bird Conservancy.
Annual dues for membership are US$50 (individual); US$35 (student, undergraduate and graduate); and US$1,500 (Life
Membership, payable in five US$300 installments). Two-year memberships are also available for individuals for US$90
and for sudents for US$55. Dues are payable on our website or by check to the to the Treasurer; see the PSG website or the
Membership Information at the back of this issue.

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                                                        Donations
The Pacific Seabird Group is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of California. Contributions
    to the Pacific Seabird Group are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by U.S. law (IRS Section 501[c][3]).

                                                     Pacific Seabirds
This on-line bulletin reports on the work and committee activities of the Pacific Seabird Group, conservation news, and
other items of importance to conservation of seabirds in the Pacific Ocean. The bulletin is a twice-yearly on-line news bul-
letin and archive of PSG activities. This issue summarizes the proceedings of the annual PSG Conference and reports on
the work committees have completed or have in progress in the previous year. Back issues of the PSG Bulletin and Pacific
                                        Seabirds are posted on the group’s web site.

                                                Pacific Seabirds Editor
                                     Jennifer Lang, editor@pacificseabirdgroup.org

                                           Pacific Seabirds Associate Editors
                                                    Theodore Squires

                                                  Marine Ornithology
Marine Ornithology is published by the Pacific Seabird Group on behalf of a consortium of seabird groups: African, Aus-
tralasian, Dutch, Japanese, Pacific, and UK. The journal is published two times a year and publishes contributed papers,
forum articles, and book, website and software reviews, on all aspects of marine ornithology worldwide. For details on
submitting to the journal, please go to marineornithology.org.

                                               Change of Address
  Send changes of address to the PSG Membership Coordinator, Emma Kelsey, membership@pacificseabirdgroup.org
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                                            A Publication of the Pacific Seabirds Group
                    Dedicated to the Study and Conservation of Pacific Seabirds and Their Environment

Volume 46                                                                                  2019                                                                            Number 1

Lifetime Achievement Award
   Dr. Elizabeth Flint, by Lindsay Young................................................................................................................................. 4
   Dr. David Duffy, by Mark Rauzon and Daniel Roby.......................................................................................................... 6
Student Presentation Awards..................................................................................................................................................... 9
Reports of PSG Officers for 2018
   Chair’s Report...................................................................................................................................................................... 10
   Chair-elect’s Report............................................................................................................................................................. 11
   Past Chair’s Report.............................................................................................................................................................. 12
   Vice-Chair for Conservation’s Report............................................................................................................................... 13
   Secretary’s Report for 2018................................................................................................................................................. 15
   PSG Financial Report.......................................................................................................................................................... 17
Reports to PSG Executive Council for 2018
   Northeast Asia Seabird Conservation Committee............................................................................................................ 18
   Kittlitz’s Murrelet Technical Committee.......................................................................................................................... 18
   Scripps’s Murrelet and Guadalupe Murrelet Technical Committee.............................................................................. 19
   Marbled Murrelet Technical Committee........................................................................................................................... 21
   Aleutian Tern Technical Committee.................................................................................................................................. 21
   Seabird Monitoring Committee.......................................................................................................................................... 22
   Tufted Puffin Technical Committee.................................................................................................................................... 23
   North Pacific Albatross Working Group........................................................................................................................... 23
   Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund Committee........................................................................................................... 24
   Elections Committee............................................................................................................................................................ 25
   Communications Committee............................................................................................................................................... 27
   Student Representative Report........................................................................................................................................... 31
   Awards Committee Report.................................................................................................................................................. 31
   Membership Report............................................................................................................................................................. 32
   Corresponding Membership Committee........................................................................................................................... 32
   World Seabird Union .......................................................................................................................................................... 34
   North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Report......................................................................................... 34
   Ornithological Council........................................................................................................................................................ 35
   Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) ............................................................................ 37
PSG News.................................................................................................................................................................................... 39
Meeting Photo Gallery.............................................................................................................................................................. 40
Summary of Executive Council Meeting Minutes.................................................................................................................. 41
General Information
   Information on the Pacific Seabird Group............................................................................................Inside Front Cover
   Publications of the Pacific Seabird Group......................................................................................................................... 42
   PSG Committee Coordinators............................................................................................................................................ 44
   PSG Life Members and Recipients of Awards.................................................................................................................. 26
   Membership Information.................................................................................................................................................... 47
PSG Executive Council for 2019....................................................................................................................Inside Back Cover
PACIFIC SEABIRDS - Volume 46, Number 1 2019 - Pacific Seabird Group
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
 The Pacific Seabird Group occasionally honors major contributors to seabird science and conservation with Lifetime
 Achievement or Special Achievement awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose outstanding
 work for seabirds influenced the course of research, conservation, and/or education throughout the world.

                                           DR. ELIZABETH FLINT
                                                          By Lindsay Young

   The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG)
 honored Dr. Elizabeth Flint with
 a Lifetime Achievement Award in
 February 2019 in Kaua’i, Hawai’i.
 Beth is the Supervisory Wildlife
 Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
 Service at the Pacific Remote Islands
 National Wildlife Refuge Complex,
 and the Seabird Coordinator for the
 Pacific Islands Refuges, a position
 she has held for the last 28 years.
   Beth received her undergraduate
 degree from the University of
 Montana, and a Ph.D. in Biology from
 University of California - Los Angeles
 in 1985 where her work focused on
 Sooty Terns. Professionally, she has            Beth at work surrounded by Laysan Albatrosses. Photo courtesy of Beth Flint.
 served as a role model and mentor for
 hundreds of nascent seabird biologists         when it comes to the removal of invasive      Beth is a biologist and advocate for
 over the years. You would be hard-             species, and has led the charge on            promoting science in her life. She
 pressed to find a seabird biologist in         multiple complex eradication projects         collects 100-year old biology posters
 the Pacific who has not worked with,           that collectively benefit millions of         originally used in college classrooms and
 or benefited from Beth’s knowledge.            seabirds across the U.S. Tropical Pacific     is a tireless advocate for the funding and
   Beth is a passionate advocate for habitat    (e.g. Palmyra, and Midway Atoll).             promotion of science, frequently visiting
 restoration and protection, particularly          Outside of working with the USFWS,         school groups and serving as a long time
                                                                                              Judge in the Hawaii state Science Fair.
                                                                                              Beth has such humility that she doesn’t
                                                                                              seek a spotlight. Despite this humility,
                                                                                              she is also unafraid to challenge people
                                                                                              and ideas based on the best available
                                                                                              science. She will not stand for untruths
                                                                                              from friend or foe, and that is what
                                                                                              makes her a fantastic scientist and true
                                                                                              advocate for seabirds. Her knowledge
                                                                                              of the life history of tropical seabirds
                                                                                              and how to integrate management
                                                                                              to benefit them is unparalleled.
                                                                                                 Beth has been responsible for
                                                                                              monitoring and protecting millions of
                                                                                              seabirds representing the 25 species
                                                                                              nesting at the refuges. She            also
                                                                                              plans and implements the biological
Beth with Johnston Atoll in the background. Photo courtesy of Beth Flint.                     monitoring,       research,       recovery,

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restoration, and management programs
in the Pacific Remote Islands complex.
The region that Beth is responsible for
is arguably the most important area
for tropical seabirds worldwide and
Beth has dedicated her life and career
to their protection and conservation.
In recognition of her mentorship to
early career seabird biologists and her
unwavering dedication to protect and
conserve seabirds across the tropical
Pacific, Beth is well deserving of
the Lifetime Achievement Award.

                                              Beth speaking at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2016. Photo courtesy of Beth
                                              Flint.

Michelle Hester, David Flint, Beth, and David Hyrenbach at the Hawaii March for Science. Photo courtesy of Beth Flint.

Beth among a team of albatross counters on Midway Island. Photo courtesy of Beth Flint.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

                                             DR. DAVID C. DUFFY
                                             By Mark Rauzon and Daniel Roby

                                                                                          Blue-footed Booby growth and apparent
                                                                                          food supply across the archipelago.
                                                                                            Dave then accepted a 5-year position
                                                                                          as Chief Scientific Officer for the
                                                                                          Benguela Ecology Programme at
                                                                                          the FitzPatrick Institute of African
                                                                                          Ornithology in South Africa, where
                                                                                          he supervised a research team of 10
                                                                                          scientists investigating seabird/fisheries
                                                                                          interactions. This included research
                                                                                          on Swift Terns, African Penguins, and
                                                                                          Cape Cormorants with Roy Siegfried,
                                                                                          Rory Wilson, and others. During the
                                                                                          1983 El Niño, Dave worked with John
                                                                                          Cooper, Vere Shannon, and others to
                                                                                          look at the effects on seabirds and their
                                                                                          prey off South Africa, the Galapagos,
                                                                                          and in the South Atlantic. Later,
David in his element on Prince William Sound, Alaska. Photo courtesy of David Irons.      in 1993, he published Stalking the
                                                                                          Southern Oscillation: Environmental
  David Cameron Duffy is currently           seabirds in the highly productive            uncertainty, climate change and North
a Professor of Botany, and a Graduate        Humboldt Current, and combined his           Pacific seabirds, an outgrowth of a
Professor of Zoology, and of Ecology,        interests in the tropics and in seabirds.    PSG symposium. The paper examined
Evolution and Conservation Biology,          Two years of field work led to a number      perturbations at the scale of years,
as well as the Director of the Pacific       of classic papers on Peruvian guano          decades, centuries, and millennia,
Cooperative Studies Unit at the              seabirds, El Niño effects on seabirds,       discussed how climate change might
University of Hawaii-Manoa. Dave             nest site competition among seabirds,        affect Pacific seabirds, and how seabird
began his career at the tender age of        fisheries/seabird    interactions,    and    biologists might approach the problem.
nine helping at the Children’s Science       impacts of tick parasitism on Peruvian       During the 1997-1998 El Niño/Southern
Center of the American Museum of             seabirds. Six months on one Peruvian         Oscillation event, he generated a weekly
Natural History in New York. At age          island taught him that environmental         blog of events (http://archive.fo/3hbGX)
13 he initiated a decade-long field          perturbations can affect isolated seabird    that documented the apparent world-
investigation into the population biology,   colonies in complex ways, a theme            wide effects of the phenomenon.
foraging ecology, and conservation           that has continued in his research             After his stint with the FitzPatrick
of Common and Roseate terns for the          throughout his professional career.          Institute. Dave moved back to the
Museum’s Great Gull Island Project.             After receiving the Ph.D. degree          Western Hemisphere where he served
Dave attended Harvard University,            from Princeton in 1980, Dave moved           as a Visiting Professor in the School
where field trips to Yucatan and             to the Galapagos Islands, where he           of Environmental Sciences at the
Colombia as an undergraduate ignited         served as the Director of the Charles        Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica.
his interest in tropical biology. After      Darwin Research Station. During his          There he established, designed, and
earning a B.A. degree in Biology from        two-year stint as Director, he took a        directed the first Latin American center
Harvard in 1975, he moved to Princeton       station that was on the verge of financial   for wildlife research, and continued
University to pursue a Ph.D. degree in       collapse and turned its fortunes around      his research on seabird foraging
Population Biology. His dissertation         by securing new funding support and          ecology. This was followed by a two-
research at Princeton focused on the         rebuilding the professional staff. While     year, NSF-funded position as the
population dynamics, nesting ecology,        in the Galapagos he also worked with         Executive Director of the International
and foraging ecology of Peruvian             Malcolm Coulter and Robert Ricklefs on       Association for Ecology at Athens,

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Georgia, whose goal was to maintain          milk sickness, the disease that killed          Hawaii, where Dave joined the faculty
and expand programs to support               Lincoln’s mother. During this time he           of the University of Hawaii and became
ecologists in developing countries.          also worked with David Schneider,               the Director of the Pacific Cooperative
   After ticks caused the abandonment        Alec MacCall, and Dan Anderson                  Studies Unit. The Pacific Cooperative
of a colony of several hundred thousand      to explore methods of formalizing               Studies Unit has as its mission to
guano seabirds that Dave studied in          fishery interactions with seabirds              conserve the resources of the Hawaiian
Peru, he became interested in exploring      in     Seabird-fisheries       interactions:    Islands and other Pacific Islands, and
what controls tick parasitism in seabird     evaluation          with      dimensionless     in the last 20 years been awarded about
colonies. This led to the next chapter       ratios (1992) and Seabird-fishery               1,000 grants and contracts totaling
in Dave’s professional life, first as        interactions: a manager’s guide (1994).         over $250 million, plus supports a
the Executive Director of the Seatuck           Then Dave migrated north to the              staff of 460 scientists and managers.
Foundation in Islip, New York, and           University of Alaska, Anchorage,                   Despite the heavy administrative
then as the Principal Investigator for the   where he was promoted from Assistant            demands of this position, Dave has
Cooperative Project on Lyme Disease          Professor to Full Professor in the              managed to continue teaching, advising
for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control     Department of Biology in a scant four           graduate students, and conducting
and the Seatuck Foundation. There            years, while serving as the Program             research on strategies for restoration
he led the effort to understand the role     Manager for the Alaska Natural Heritage         of Hawaii’s native ecosystems, and
of the environment in controlling the        Program. But during Dave’s time in              particularly the conservation biology
tick vectors of Lyme Disease in the          Alaska he became perhaps best known             and restoration ecology of seabirds.
northeastern U.S. (A serendipitous side      for serving as the Project Leader for the       He has written reviews of seabird
project demonstrated that seabirds can       Apex Predation Ecosystem Experiment             management and conservation science
transport Lyme spirochetes between           (APEX), a long-term, multi-disciplinary,        in the Islands, and an examination of the
hemispheres.) Along the way, he              multi-million dollar research project           invasive species committees, uniquely
found time to serve as an Adjunct            in Prince William Sound designed to             Hawaiian community-based creations.
Assistant Professor at the Marine            understand the trophic factors that were        He also served as Principal Investigator
Sciences Research Center at the State        limiting the recovery of seabirds and           for an NSF Biocomplexity Project on
University of New York Stony Brook,          other top-trophic level predators in the        avian malaria, examining whether new
investigate whether eastern deciduous        aftermath of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.        approaches at different scales might
forests ever recover from clearcutting,         In the first 18 years of Dave’s career, he   yield answers to the biggest threat to the
model the non-linear dynamics of fish        managed to accomplish more than most            Islands’ endangered forest birds. He has
schools, produce the first evaluations       of us do during a professional lifetime.        been grateful to former students Lindsay
of seabird conservation in Ecuador and       But then, a little over 20 years ago, Dave      Young and Aron Hebshi for helping
Peru, investigate why Double-crested         migrated with his wife, Maria, and their        him keep his feet wet with seabird
Cormorants get no respect, and examine       two children, Alex and Domonique, to            work. He has also been fortunate to
                                                                                             continue work in Alaska with David
                                                                                             Irons, Susan Oehlers, and others on
                                                                                             multiyear studies of the long-distance
                                                                                             migration of Arctic and Aleutian terns.
                                                                                                Dave’s research interests have varied
                                                                                             widely from the organism level to the
                                                                                             ecosystem, but his focus has always
                                                                                             remained on how natural systems
                                                                                             respond to perturbations, either natural
                                                                                             or anthropogenic. Most recently he
                                                                                             has become interested in how to shape
                                                                                             management and science to respond to
                                                                                             the problem of invasive alien species
                                                                                             in Hawaii by asking how much science
                                                                                             do you need and how can management
                                                                                             measure whether it is being effective?
                                                                                             His work has also focused on the effects
                                                                                             of feral and domestic cats that are
Dan Roby presenting David his award at the 46th PSG Annual Meeting in Kaua’i.                major predators in the Hawaiian and
Photo: Tim Lawes.

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Galapagos Islands, as well as vectors
of toxoplasmosis, a disease that affects
humans, Hawaiian monk seals, and
even marine birds such as boobies.
  Dave’s publication record is extensive
and includes more than 125 scientific
journal articles and book chapters,
most on seabird ecology. For all of the
accomplishments listed here, and many
more too numerous to list in the limited
space available, Dave is richly deserving
the PSG Lifetime Achievement Award.
  Dr. David Cameron Duffy was
presented with the PSG Lifetime
Achievement Award on 28 February
2019 at the Pacific Seabird Group’s
46th Annual Meeting in Kaua’i, in
recognition of his major contributions
                                            David accepting the Lifetime Acheivement Award at the 46th PSG Annual Meeting in
to seabird ecology and science-             Kaua’i. Photo: Tim Lawes.
based efforts to conserve seabirds.

David holding a shearwater chick.                           Dan Roby presenting David with the award and a “Duff” hat. Photo: Tim
                                                            Lawes.

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STUDENT PRESENTATION AWARDS
Student presentation awards are given out at each year at the Annual Meeting. Oral and poster presentations are judged
separately according to guidelines that include originality, presentation style, graphics, format and research data. The award
guidelines and judging forms can be found in the PSG Handbook.

                                        ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Best Student Paper Award - Doctorate: Ruth Dunn (University of Liverpool)
A Model to Estimate Seabird Field Metabolic Rates

Best Student Paper Award - Doctorate: Johannes Fischer (Victoria University of Wellington)
A Critically Endangered Seabird Species Fails to Respond to Eradications of Multiple Invasive Predators

Honorable Mention - Doctorate: Jennifer Howard (Wake Forest University)
Effects of Aging on the Foraging Behavior of a Long-lived Seabird in the Galápagos

Best Student Paper Award - Masters: Keenan Yakola (University of Massachusetts Amherst & Northeast Climate
Adaptation Science Center)
Long-term Trends and Potential Drivers of Chick Diet in Four Tern Species in the Gulf of Maine, USA

Honorable Mention - Masters: Andrea Estandía (Durham University)
Genome-wide Data Reveal the Deep Evolutionary History of Oceanic Seabirds (Procellariiformes)

Best Student Paper Award - Undergraduate: Tessa Nania (University of Puget Sound)
Using Age to Assess Retention Time of Ingested Plastic in Seabirds

Honorable Mention - Undergraduate: Jessica Idle (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)
Human Presence near Wedge-tailed Shearwater Burrows and its Impact on Nesting Success

People’s Choice Award: Hannah Moon (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)
How do Seabirds Perceive Light? Spectral Effects on the Temporal Sensitivity of Hawaiian Seabirds

                                      POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Best Student Paper Award - Doctorate: Caitlin Kroeger (University of California, Santa Cruz)
At-sea Energetics of Campbell and Grey-headed Albatrosses in Relation to Southern Ocean Wind Variability

Honorable Mention - Doctorate: Ui Shimabukuro (SOKENDAI [The Graduate University for Advanced Studies])
Diving and Flying Activity of Rhinoceros Auklets (Cerorhinca monocerata) During the Non-breeding Period

Best Student Paper Award - Masters: Sonya Pastran (Simon Fraser University)
Habitat Utilization of Marbled Murrelets in Haida Gwaii, BC: Using Long-term and Additional Data from Laskeek Bay

Honorable Mention - Masters: Jill Tengeres (Oregon State University)
Passive Monitoring to Investigate Predation Pressure at Aleutian Tern Colonies in Coastal Alaska

Best Student Paper Award - Undergraduate: Makenzie Weber (Oregon State University)
Variation in Phenology and Reproductive Success of Three Cormorant Species in Central Oregon

Honorable Mention - Undergraduate: Alyssa Nelson (Oregon State University)
Quantifying Top Down Effects of Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Disturbances on a Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Colony

People’s Choice Award: Ann Wiley (University of Akron)
Foraging Behavior and Reproductive Success of Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) Across an Environmental Gradient

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                                    CHAIR’S REPORT FOR 2018
                                                          Adrian Gall

    Welcome to 2019 and another              Secretary Jane Dolliver, Treasurer           Travel awards.
year for the Pacific Seabird Group           Kirsten Bixler, and Vice-Chair for               In a carryover from last year, I
(PSG) to support seabird research and        Conservation Mark Rauzon. My                 set up and managed the registration
conservation! As we look forward to          responsibility as Chair is to “execute       process for the annual meeting in
getting together in Kaua’i, it is also       the objectives, policies and programs        Cvent, PSG’s cloud-based event
worth looking back at 2018 and the           developed by the Executive Council           management software. Jenny Howard,
wonderful accomplishments that PSG           and membership.” As an organization,         Jill Tengeres, and Jane Dolliver took
members’ fees, volunteered time, and         it was our goal in 2018/2019 to maintain     over management of the event website
additional donations to PSG have made        the wonderful momentum coming out            and did an excellent job of keeping the
possible:                                    of the meeting in La Paz to strengthen       many pages up-to-date. I also assisted
• The PSG 2018 meeting in La Paz,            and support the connections with Latin       new Membership Coordinator Emma
     Mexico had a net positive balance       American members. This goal guided           Kelsey in taking over management
     of new members, especially those        decisions that included where to have        of memberships from outgoing
     from Latin America, and a positive      meetings in the next few years, how to       coordinator Jennifer Lang.
     balance to PSG’s General fund.          recruit more Corresponding Members,              Thank you for your membership
• The General and Student Travel             and a concerted effort to raise funds        dues and extra donations that support
     Funds are supporting a record           to support travel for non-U.S./Canada        the Conservation Grants Program,
     number of student, Early Career         scientists. Other objectives for this        the travel awards, and the meetings
     Scientist, and non-US/Canada            past year included catching up on            that bring us together to dive deep
     scientist travel awards for PSG         bookkeeping and accounting tasks,            into seabird biology, ecology, and
     2019.                                   enacting recommendations from the            conservation. Whenever a call went out
• First time offering pre-reserved           Membership Committee to enhance              to support these worthy causes, PSG’s
     rooms for students at PSG 2019.         recruitment and retention of members,        members answered it with generosity
• The Corresponding Membership               and exploring ways to reduce the             and compassion.
     program is revived and actively         environmental footprint of our annual            There are still challenges ahead,
     seeking participants to broaden         meetings.                                    however. In this coming year, PSG will
     PSG’s perspective and participation         I facilitated the monthly ExCo calls     need to:
     throughout the Pacific Rim.             and followed up as needed with action        • Maintain         and   expand     the
• The most conservation letters ever         items resulting from the calls. This              relationships with donors and
     written in a 2-year period (22 topics   task was easily accomplished thanks               members that fund its good work.
     addressed! 60 letters sent!), thanks    to Secretary Jane Dolliver, who did an       • Recruit new volunteers to
     to our Vice-Chair for Conservation      excellent job of scheduling meetings,             contribute to the Corresponding
     Mark Rauzon and the members             preparing agendas, tracking action                Members committee, the Local
     who raised issues and produced          items, and keeping us on the right                Organizing Committees, editorial
     drafts of text.                         side of process and policies outlined             work at our journal Marine
• Full slate of candidates for the PSG       in the PSG Handbook. I also guided                Ornithology, delegate to the OC,
     election.                               the Request For Proposals process to              and other tasks.
• Over 280 people registered, and            select an event planner for PSG 2019.        • Engage in formal strategic planning
     more than 180 abstracts submitted       This process was used to avoid any           • Publish the Code of Conduct,
     for PSG 2019.                           possible conflict of interest as one of           revised PSG Handbook.
• Local Committees in place and              the candidates was a spouse of an ExCo       • Keep exploring ways to improve
     planning already under way for          member. I supported exploring digital             the abstract submission and
     PSG 2020 in Portland, OR and            solutions to replace the printing of paper        review process and building of the
     PSG 2021 in San Diego, CA.              programs and the Local Committee’s                scientific program.
This impressive (but not exhaustive)         efforts to provide only useful swag              This organization is incredibly
list of accomplishments is thanks to         for the conference that will reduce the      fortunate to have an energized and
our powerfully motivated members of          use of disposable items. As a member         engaged membership with folks that
the Executive Council (ExCo), most           of the Awards Committee, I reviewed,         have been volunteering for over 40
especially the officers: Past Chair          ranked, and helped select recipients for     years (!) mentoring those who are just
Kyra Mills, Chair-Elect Dave Craig,          this year’s Lifetime Achievement and         now coming on board. I have been

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involved with PSG for over 15 years and        entertaining as the original group.       the enthusiasm and teamwork that has
have watched with admiration and wonder        Entertaining? Oh yes. There is no way     made my tenure as Chair enjoyable and
as the mantle of the founding members is       PSG would have survived and thrived       productive.
being passed on to a new cast of characters    if it weren’t a whole lot of fun with        Muchas gracias, mahalo nui loa, and
every bit as dedicated, inspired, and          good friends. I am grateful for all of    thanks so much!

                                CHAIR-ELECT’S REPORT FOR 2018
                                                          David P. Craig

  Chair Elect Duties for 2019 Scientific             of 3 concurrent sessions with       critical in setting up the event website
  Program (27 February – 3 March                     assistance from André Raine and     and in coordinating information
  2019, Lihue, Kaua’i, Hawai’i):                     Local Committee.                    consistently and up-to-date between the
    • Theme of the meeting - Seabirds            •   Reviewed program prior to           Cvent event website, the PSG website,
        in a Changing Pacific: Ensuring a            printing with special attention     listserv, and social media. Adrian Gall’s
        Future, Fighting the Plastic                 to talk schedule, profiles of       recommendation last year to phase out
    • Call for Special Paper sessions,               plenary speakers, and Letter from   use of the PSG website for delivering
        symposia, and workshops sent                 Scientific Program Chair.           information to the membership about the
        out via the list serv, Facebook,         •   Compiled abstract book.             meeting and direct attentions towards
        and Twitter 16 July 2018; second                                                 the Cvent website was successful. I
        call 14 August 2018.                   Lessons Learned                           recommend priority updates on the
    • June through August 2018                   Cvent’s       Abstract      Management  Cvent website with reminders through
        explored improving abstract            tool was great for taking in abstracts    the PSG website, listserv and social
        and      presentation     schedule     and for some correspondence with          media.
        management with mobile apps            presenters. In building this year’s Cvent    Registration and the program were
        from Whova and Cvent. Based on         registration we forgot to include a choiceespecially challenged for a second year
        costs, the decision was to retain      for presentation of oral, poster, or no   in row. This year it was because many
        hand-management of schedule            preference for abstracts with the initial travel requests from U.S. government
        and abstracts using google docs        call for abstracts which required a lot ofemployees were denied or held in limbo
        to process and digital pdfs.           following up correspondence.              by their agencies in connection with the
    • Worked         with     Chair     and      Mysteriously, 24 of those who           longest federal furlough in history. The
        Communications Committee to            submitted abstracts that were accepted    timing of the furlough was especially
        maintain the conference website        missed the notification of that acceptance.
                                                                                         challenging with some U.S. government
        hosted by Cvent and linked to          Luckily through informal social networks  employees only able to confirm their
        registration.                          many people learned others were           attendance on 15 February. There was
    • Call for abstracts open 10               accepted and they contacted me or others  time consuming and negative synergy
        September – 15 December 2018           in ExCo. I re-sent acceptance messages    because of the restricted use of email
    • Abstracts accepted 14 December           to all authors and invited them to review by U.S. government employees and
        2018, with a couple more trickling     their accepted abstract and my formatted  my need to contact them about their
        in after the deadline for a total of   versions of that abstract in a GoogleDoc. intent to present an oral or poster
        209 abstracts submitted, before        At least 18 of the 24 who missed the      presentation. Including a registration
        withdrawals.                           initial acceptance subsequently found     field for a secondary personal email is
    • Invited plenary speakers on 1            my original ‘accepted abstract’ message   recommended.
        June 2018; 5 plenary speakers          in spam filtered folders.
        confirmed.                               Details were managed in a Scientific Program
    • Participated in Lifetime and             GoogleSheet based on a 2018 template 145 oral presentations and 54 posters.
        Special Achievement Award              to schedule the sessions, which allowed Six Plenary speakers:
        decisions in late October.             for a collaborative approach with version   1. Sabra Kauka (Hawaiian Studies
    • Participated in Travel Awards            records.                                       Kumu at Island School)
        decisions in mid-December.               Cvent      registration     and     event 2. Dr. Mark Rauzon (Laney College)
    • Organized Session Chairs.                website worked seamlessly. The              3. Dr. David Duffy (University of
    • Organized the Scientific Program         Communications         Committee       was     Hawaii)

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  4.  Dr. Helen James (Smithsonian                 Natural History) and Peggy                   (American Bird Conservancy) 9
      Institution)                                 Ostrom       (Michigan        State          talks, 2 poster
  5. Dr. Tony Gaston (Environment                  University) 10 talks, 2 poster            5. Plastic ingestion in seabirds and
      and Climate Change Canada)              3.   Seabirds      and      Indigenous            its chemical effects Convener:
  6. Dr. Beth Flint (U.S. Fish and                 Cultures, Conveners: Jaime                   Yutaka Watanuki 8 talks, 2 poster
      Wildlife Service)                            Ojeda (University of Victoria)            Workshops
Special Paper Sessions                             and Cristián Suazo (Justus Liebig         1. Predator Control Workshop:
  1. Restoration of Procellariform                 University-Giessen & ATF-Chile,              Predator Control for Seabird
      Seabirds, Conveners: Lindsay                 BirdLife International) 6 talks, 1           Protection offered by Kyle Pias
      Young and Eric VanderWerf                    poster                                       and Alex Dutcher
      (Pacific Rim Conservation) 8            4.   Human Dimensions of Seabird               2. Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter
      talks, 2 posters                             Conservation: Challenges and                 SM4 Workshop, offered by Ali
  2. Specimen-based        Historical              Solutions Conveners: Verónica                Donargo (Wildlife Acoustics)
      Research, Conveners: Helen                   López, (Oikonos Ecosystem                 3. Hot Topics Round Table, offered
      James (National Museum of                    Knowledge); Hannah Nevins,                   and moderated by Adrian Gall

                               PAST-CHAIR’S REPORT FOR 2018
                                                           Kyra Mills

Summary of Past Chair Tasks for             at the September 2018 EXCO meeting,            Chair-Elect, David Craig and the local
2017-2018:                                  with all approved.                             committee chairs (Jessi Behnke and
   Based on the PSG Handbook of                As Travel Awards Chair: In 2019 we          André Raine).
primary responsibilities for the Past       received 48 student and ECS travel award          Begin the selection and confirmation
Chair, I report the following:              applications. Because of limited funds,        of future meeting sites: The EXCO
   Assist the Chair with PSG                we were only able to offer awards to 24        has received and already approved the
operations: Adrian Gall, PSG Chair,         people for a total amount of $10,750. We       selection of the locations for the 2020
has been a pleasure to work with and        offered 6 Early Career Scientist grants, 2     meeting (Portland) and the 2021 meeting
is an extremely competent person that       awards to non-U.S./Canadian scientists,        (San Diego).
I admire very much. I have tried to         and 15 grants to students (as compared            Recommendations for the future:
assist where needed, although Adrian        to 36 in 2018, when we received a large        (1) include a question with registration
took on the lion’s share (and more), as     Packard grant).                                that specifically asks if individual
I was going through some challenging           Organize student paper judging:             students want to be considered for
personal issues. I participated in EXCO     In the weeks leading up to the 2019            student presentation award (wasn’t
meetings, provided input on monthly         meeting I will be coordinating the             done this year and would save an extra
decisions and on letters drafted by the     judging of student papers and posters.         step); (2) consider setting aside funds
Conservation Chair, and held follow-        For the first time ever, we will be trying     for supporting invited speakers or to
up teleconferences on various issues as     an online system of recording scores,          have a targeted plea to solicit funding
needed.                                     which will hopefully make this process         for supporting these invited speakers
   As Awards Committee Chair: This          much more efficient for the selection          (perhaps by the local committee?); (3)
year it was decided to award the            of the winners. In addition, this year         consider waived registration fees in
Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA)            we are implementing, for the first time,       the total amount of the award to avoid
to two recipients: Dr. David Duffy and      a People’s Choice Award (winner and            confusion and to lessen the financial
Dr. Beth Flint. They will be honored at     runner- up) in the categories of best oral     burden on PSG; (4) in general, the
the upcoming PSG Annual Meeting in          and best poster presentation (open to          student, ECS, and non-U.S./Canada
Kaua’i. Assisting in the selection of the   all presenters, not just students). Voting     travel awards needs more guidelines
LAA were the Chair-Elect (David Craig)      is open to all meeting attendees, and          (which group should have priority over
and Chair (Adrian Gall). I solicited        certificates will be presented at the party.   the limited funds, what is the selection
nominations during the 2018 PSG                Assist Chair Elect and Local                rubric, what to do about registration fees
annual meeting and via postings on the      Committee Chair in preparation for the         for award winners, how to resolve the
PSG listserv. The committee submitted       annual meeting: Whenever possible              issue of invited speakers).
their selections to the EXCO for a vote     I have tried to be of assistance to the

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          VICE-CHAIR FOR CONSERVATION’S REPORT FOR 2018
                                                         Mark Rauzon

   In 2018-19, I sent 22 key letters,          3.   30 December 2018; To: Species           nesting island for the nesting
with an additional 26 iterations sent               Conservation Policy Branch,             Heermann’s Gulls.
to a variety of affiliated constituents             Ministry of Natural Resources       7. 5 November 2018; Washington
associated with the key letter. Key                 and Forestry Policy Division,           Department of Natural Resources
concerns for future actions are wind                Government of Ontario, Canada;          and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
energy, feral cat colonies, and the                 Re: A proposed no-limit hunting         Service; Re: The Pacific Seabird
perpetual Marbled Murrelet issues                   of the Double-crested Cormorant         Group is writing to comment on
involving fisheries, logging, and wind              (Phalacrocorax     auritus)    in       the Revised Draft Environmental
energy siting. Working with American                Ontario, Canada. The Pacific            Impact Statement and Habitat
Bird Conservancy’s wind energy team is              Seabird Group strongly protests         Conservation Plan Amendment
critical to aiding PSG, by letting a louder         the wholesale slaughter of              for the Marbled Murrelet Long-
voice set the policy that we echo.                  Double-crested       Cormorants         Term Conservation Strategy.
   In August 2018, I represented                    proposed by the Government          8. 21 August 2018; To: Masaharu
the Pacific Seabird Group at the                    of Ontario. EBR Registration            Nakagawa, Minister of the
International Ornithological Congress,              number 013-4124                         Environment, Government of
in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.        4.   10 December 2018; To: Division          Japan; Re: PSG expresses concern
Together with Simba Chan (BirdLife                  of Policy, Performance, and             for the placement of the Goto-shi
Asia), we convened a symposium                      Management Programs, U.S.               offshore wind power generation
session on Conservation-Reliant Seabird             Fish and Wildlife Service               project, east of Fukue Island,
Species,       including Chinese-crested            (USFWS); Re: Comment on                 Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.
Terns (Thalasseus bernsteini) and other             USFWS Proposed Black-capped         9. 30 July 2018; To: Phil Anderson,
seabirds, with presenters from China,               Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata)            Chair of the F.7 Future Council;
New Zealand, and USA.                               Listing. The Pacific Seabird            Re: The Pacific Seabird Group
                                                    Group strongly urges the U.S.           gratefully acknowledges your
Below are our letters submitted in                  Fish and Wildlife Service to            great efforts in mitigating seabird
2018/2019 starting with the most recent:            list the Black-capped Petrel as         bycatch in the fisheries industry.
  1. 14 February 2019; To: Secretary                “Endangered” under the U.S.             We now request the Council add
      David        Bernhardt,      U.S.             Endangered Species Act. FWS-            the agenda item: “ESA mitigation
      Department of the Interior; Re:               R4-ES-2018-0043                         measures for seabirds” to the
      Substantial deficiencies in the          5.   29     November     2018;    To:        November 2018 Council meeting.
      Draft Environmental Impact                    Karen    Witherspoon,     Senior    10. 25 July 2018; To: The Honorable
      Statement on the Coastal Plain                Project Planner, Lewis County           Grant Robertson, Minister of
      Oil and Gas Leasing Program,                  Community           Development         Culture and Heritage, New
      Arctic Wildlife Refuge. PSG                   Department; Re: Skookumchuck            Zealand; Re: National Museum of
      Vice-chair for Conservation and               Wind Energy Project         Draft       New Zeland staff reduction: The
      EXCO officers signed a letter co-             Environmental Impact Statement          Pacific Seabird Group calls on
      authored by Stan Senner, former               (DEIS). The Pacific Seabird             Minister Robertson to not support
      Vice-Chair for Conservation for               Group provided comments on              the proposed restructuring of the
      PSG.                                          the DEIS for the Skookumchuck           Te Papa Museum.
  2. 28 January 2019; To: Jean                      Wind Energy Project.                11. 25 July 2018; To: The Honorable
      Thurston, Coordinator, Bureau            6.   12 November 2018; To: Seaside           Josh Frydenberg, Minister for
      of Ocean Energy Management                    City Council, California; Re:           the Environment and Energy;
      Renewable Energy Task Force                   Habitat creation for Heermann’s         Honorable Lily D’Ambrosio,
      Office of Strategic Resources;                Gulls (Larus heermanni). The            Minister for Energy, Environment
      Re: Commercial Leasing for                    Pacific Seabird Group supports          and Climate Change; Gabrielle
      Wind Power Development on the                 Coastal Administrative Permit           Upton; Annastacia Palaszczuk,
      Outer Continental Shelf Offshore              CAP-18-01, the proposal to              Premier of Queensland; Re:
      California - Call for Information             replace the eroded island in            Balloon Ban: PSG strongly
      and Nominations.                              Roberts Lake with a floating            supports the call for an Australia-

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    wide ban on the release of                     Act. The Pacific Seabird Group               Seabird Protection Project for
    balloons and the use of helium                 expresses our great concern                  the eradication of invasive mice
    to inflate balloons. We call on all            regarding the misrepresentation of           at Midway Atoll as of February
    States and Territories to change               scientific information in the letter         2019. Our Finding of No
    their littering act to specify                 sent by Oregon’s Coastal Caucus,             Significant Impact (FONSI) and
    releasing helium balloons.                     to the ODFW Commission prior                 several documents were completed
12. 1 July 2018; To: Jason Miner,                  to the June 2018 meeting and the             for this project including the Final
    Natural Resource Advisor to                    Commission’s recent decision                 Environmental Assessment and
    Governor Brown, Members of                     to reverse the uplisting of the              its six Appendices. Appendix
    the Coastal Caucus, Oregon                     Marbled Murrelet under the                   F documents the 107 Public
    Department of Fish and Wildlife                Oregon Endangered Species Act.               Comments we received and
    (ODFW) Commission, ODFW                  15.   5 June 2018; To: Chair Finley                our responses. All compliance
    staff, and Governor’s Office; Re:              and Commissioners: Oregon                    documents can be found at the
    Misrepresentation of scientific                Department of Fish and Wildlife              Midway Atoll website: https://
    information in the letter sent by              Commission; Re: Comments on                  www.fws.gov/refuge/Midway_
    Oregon’s Coastal Caucus. PSG                   Marbled Murrelet Draft Survival              Atoll.
    expresses great concern regarding              Guidelines.      PSG      provided     19.   8 March 2018; To: David Y.
    the misrepresentation of scientific            comments on the draft survival               Ige, Governor, State of Hawai‛i;
    information in the letter sent by              guidelines for the Marbled                   Re:         Comments of Hawai‛i
    Oregon’s Coastal Caucus to the                 Murrelet which is currently listed           Administrative       Rules.    PSG
    ODFW Commission prior to                       as endangered under the state and            provided comments for the
    the June 2018 meeting and the                  federal Endangered Species Act.              following: Chapter 13-232-57.1
    Commission’s recent decision             16.   31 May 2018; To: Mark Ostwald,               Feeding of colony strays or feral
    to reverse the uplisting of the                U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;              animals prohibited; Chapter 13-
    Marbled Murrelet under the                     Re: Scoping comments for EIS/                232-57.2 Animal abandonment
    Oregon Endangered Species                      Skookumchuck Wind Energy                     and creating or contributing to
    Act. The information in the                    Project, WA. PSG provided                    colonies prohibited.
    Caucus letter does not accurately              scoping comments on the                20.   22 March 2018; To: Wildlife
    represent the science it quotes;               Environmental Impact Statement               Protection and Nature Reserves
    much like other testimonies at the             for potential Skookumchuck                   Division, State Forestry and Steppe
    June hearing opposed to uplisting              Wind Energy Project proposed                 Administration, Beijing, China;
    the species. The Oregon Coastal                for Lewis and Thurston Counties,             Re: In February 2018, photographs
    Caucus letter cherry-picks select              Washington.                                  of dead seabirds for sale as food
    scientific data that does not reflect    17.   31 May 2018; To: Karen A.                    were posted on social media in
    the science.                                   Witherspoon, Lewis County                    China. It appeared that murrelets
13. 29 June 2018; To: Cliff Johnson,               Community Development; Re:                   and loons were caught in nets and
    Senior Planner, County of                      Scoping comments for EIS/                    the key concern was that Japanese
    Humboldt Planning and Building                 Skookumchuck Wind Energy                     Murrelets        (Synthliboramphus
    Department, California; Re:                    Project, WA. PSG provided                    wurmizusume) were among the
    Scoping comments for the                       scoping comments on the                      birds for sale at Lianyungang,
    Environmental Impact Statment                  Environmental Impact Statement               Jiangsu, China.
    (EIS) /Humboldt Wind Energy                    for potential Skookumchuck             21.   18 March 2018; To: Senator Lisa
    Project, California. The Pacific               Wind Energy Project proposed                 Murkowski, Alaska; Re: PSG
    Seabird Group is providing                     for Lewis and Thurston Counties,             urged support for the Albatross
    scoping comments on the                        Washington.                                  and Petrel Conservation Act. This
    Environmental Impact Report for          18.   15 April 2018; To: U.S. Fish                 critically-needed legislation will
    potential Humboldt Wind Energy                 and Wildlife Service; Re:                    greatly contribute to conservation
    Project. We are concerned that                 Endorsement for Environmental                of these magnificent, yet highly
    this project could significantly               Assessment of Midway Seabird                 imperiled seabirds that we
    impact the Marbled Murrelet.                   Protection Plan PSG strongly                 highlight as our logo.
14. 21 June 2018; To: The members                  endorses the proposed plan to          22.   20 March 2018; To: State of
    of the Coastal Caucus and ODFW                 eradicate House Mice from                    Hawai’i; Re: Testimony SCR 36.
    Commissioners; Re: Protest                     Midway Atoll National Wildlife               PSG requested rejection of this
    decision to reverse the uplisting              Refuge. Update: The USFWS                    proposal as Trap/Neuter/Release as
    of the Marbled Murrelet under                  completed the planning and                   not an effective long-term strategy
    the Oregon Endangered Species                  consultation phase of the Midway             to eliminate cat colonies.

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                              SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 2018
                                                    Jane Dolliver

Motions passed by the 2017-2018 PSG     Call 2                                       1. Approve support of WSTC#5
Executive Council                         1. Spend up to $2200 on a                     ECS award proposal, $200
                                              conference scheduling app for          2. Purchase PSG Life Member
March 2018                                    PSG 2019                                  buttons, up to $500
  1. Conduct a compilation report,        2. Approve revised draft FY2019            3. Create the “People’s Choice
     review or audit in FY2018                budget                                    Award” at PSG 2019
  2. Approve FY2018 budget                3. Commit all EXCO to fundraise            4. Create 500 PSG stickers for
  3. Approve conference organizer             from at least 6 organizations for         distribution at PSG 2019
     RFP process                              PSG 2019                              Call 2
                                         Call 3                                      1. Approve membership-elected
April 2018                                1. Decline the use of an app at PSG           candidates to the PSG 2019-2020
  1. Approve PSG 2019 annual                  2019                                      EXCO
       meeting budget                     2. Increase PSG membership rates
  2. Approve PSG 2021 location –                                                  Secretary Milestones in 2018-2019
       San Diego, California           September 2018                               In addition to serving on the
  3. Establish the Former Chairs’        No motions                               Executive Council, the Secretary also
       Fund on the PSG website                                                    serves on the Elections Committee
                                       October 2018                               (per the PSG Handbook). The current
May 2018                                  1. Approve two, Lifetime                Secretary has elected to serve on
  1. Approve committee-nominated             Achievement Awards to be             the Communications Committee,
     PSG 2019 conference organizer           presented at PSG 2019                Conservation Committee, and the
  2. Extend conference organizer          2. Approve a partial deposit for two    Ad-hoc Policies and Procedures
     position to runner-up if                shared student rooms at PSG          Committee. In 2018, the Secretary also
     nominated candidate declines            2019                                 elected to assist the Corresponding
                                          3. Approve PSG 2020 conference          Members Committee, the 2019-2021
June 2018                                    organizer                            Local Committees, and the Membership
   1. Approve PSG 2019 venue and          4. Approve two-year membership          Committee. Those roles include:
      $1000 deposit                          rates and advertising on the PSG
   2. Approve PSG 2020 location –            website                              Executive Council
      Portland, Oregon                                                               • Polling EXCO for availability,
                                       November 2018                                    scheduling 16 calls and calendar
July 2018                                1. Approve PSG 2020 venue                      invites, 48 reminder emails
   1. Refund the PSG checking            2. Approve the rest of the deposit          • 16 call invites separately to all
       account with the amount spent        for two shared student rooms at             PSG Committee heads, Local
       on publications in FY16 and          PSG 2019                                    Committees 2019, 2020, 2021
       FY17, with approval from the      3. Approve PSG 2021 venue                   • 80 pages of transcript-like notes
       endowment trustees.               4. Approve the purchase of hats for         • Updates on PSG workplan and
                                            PSG 2019                                    annual timeline, reminder emails
August 2018                                                                          • Detailed review of annual
 Call 1                                December 2018                                    operating budget and ongoing
  1. Conduct quarterly internal          1. Approve PSG 2021 conference                 resource to Treasurer
     statements on PSG finances,            organizer                                • Proposal and report assistance
     $1500                                                                              for EXCO and external funding
  2. Approve draft FY2019 budget       January 2019                                     requests
  3. Approve PSG 2019 registration       No motions                                  • Keep running list of volunteer
     rates                                                                              opportunities, connect
  4. Approve letter of                 February 2019                                    prospective volunteers with
     recommendation for Laura Bliss      Call 1                                         Committees

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                                                  and results report                The next PSG Secretary should:
Communications                                •   Forward post-2018, 2017, 2016       1. Help the EXCO set two financial
 • Website updates, annual meeting                reports, budgets for 2016-2018         goals, at a minimum:
    section and website posts (about          •   Near daily email communication           a) fundraising plan for PSG
    60/year)                                      re: meeting details                           2020 with fundraising
 • Significant contributions to               •   Kick-off meeting, volunteer                   goals (annual meeting is
    Facebook. This platform is now                duties sheet, PSG 2019 program                historically the best way
    at about 2,600 likes + follows            •   Coordinating between LOCO and                 for external organizations
    and a weekly post reach of                    social media team, PSG website,               – government and state
    10,000. “The Seabird Group”                   Cvent web team (100+ posts)                   agencies, consulting firms
    (UK) has 1.5K, PSG’s page has             •   Fundraising assistance ($1500)                - to donate to PSG
    grown an order of magnitude               •   Registration updates for EXCO            b) membership plan with
    (started at about 500 in 2015).               calls                                       membership goals (the
 • Pacific Seabirds copy editing and          •   Reminders to leads and co-leads             bulk of PSG operating
    photo database from PSG 2018                  re: student events, judging,                funds)
                                                  registration deadlines, etc.
Conservation                                  •   Student judging e-forms and         2. Continue to assist and be the
 • Forwarding letter suggestions via              judging organization google            liaison to EXCO on the Elections
    email, social media (2+)                      sheet                                  Committee
 • Providing feedback on all drafts           •   Student mentor session and ride     3. Assist the Treasurer in record-
    and resolving comments (16                    sharing e-forms – forwarded            keeping and PSG EXCO file
    letters)                                      from 2018                              storage
                                                                                      4. Assume management of EXCO
Elections                                   Membership                                   deadlines and deadline reminders
  • Communicating with, and                  • Transition meeting and vital           5. Continue to provide EXCO notes
      securing candidates for                   workplan goals and check-ins             from calls within 24-48 hours
      positions outside Chair-Elect (9       • Membership pin design and logo
      candidates)                                                                   Closing thoughts
  • Sending adjusted ballots to 12          Corresponding Members Committee            Like       many        volunteer-run
      people, 7 reminders to over 200        • Assistance finding replacement       organizations, PSG continues to
      people                                     co-coordinators                    struggle with a structure where 3-6
  • Providing 3 updates to EXCO,             • Kick-off meeting and list of non-    extremely proficient (albeit over-
      creating final report for candidate        represented countries, Central     worked) people complete the vast
      approval                                   America leads Ad-hoc policies      majority of the Society’s annual work.
                                                 and procedures Committee           The Officers need to address this within
Annual Meetings                              • Compilation of edits to be           a larger planning workshop or advisory
  • Post-2018 meeting survey set up              included in the PSG Handbook       board setting. This may include hiring
    and results report                       • Conflict of Interest forms from      a professional who specializes in
  • Conference organizer RFP                     all EXCO, signed each year         organizational structure and strategic
    process document and                                                            planning.
    organization                            Projects and needs, 2019-2020
  • PSG 2020 and PSG 2021 Local             Jane will:
    Chair solicitation and proposal           1. Complete the PSG Handbook
    assistance                                   version 2019 (leftover from
  • PSG 2020 venue and budget                    2017)
    assistance                                2. Mentor the next Secretary Feb
  • PSG 2021 venue assistance                    2019 – Feb 2020; create a draft
                                                 PSG EXCO calendar
PSG 2019 Local Committee
  • Pre-2019 meeting survey set up

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