The Wetlands International/IUCN SSC Swan Specialist Group and The Trumpeter Swan Society are pleased to announce that the 5th International Swan Symposium will be held at Easton, Maryland, USA, from 3rd – 6th February 2014
The meeting is being hosted by The Trumpeter Swan Society (TTSS) and will also serve as the 23rd Conference of TTSS.
The symposium will feature three days of contributed scientific papers, posters and workshops, with a 1-day excursion on the second or third day of the meeting. An optional field trip or trips may also be organised. Papers will cover all aspects of swan ecology, with workshops providing an opportunity to discuss a few specific conservation issues. These may include illegal shooting, habitat management, population status and management, lead poisoning, the implementation of the AEWA Bewick’s Swan Action Plan and other conservation issues.
Becky Abel, Associate Director of TTSS and John Cornely, Executive Director of TTSS are co-chairs of the host committee and along with Local Committee chair, Jerry Serie, will supervise local arrangements. Eileen Rees is coordinating the scientific programme for the 5th ISS with members of the Scientific Committee: John Cornely, Bart Nolet, Chris Perrins, Ma Ming and Scott Petrie. The Call for Papers can be accessed by clicking here; abstracts for oral and poster presentation should be submitted to Eileen by 21st July 2013 for consideration by the Scientific Committee.
The programme should be near-finalised by October 2013, at which time further details will be provided here and on the symposium pages of the TTSS website (http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/2014-conference.html).
The symposium will be held in Easton, Maryland, at the Tidewater Inn (www.tidewaterinn.com). Main airports for this venue are Baltimore/Washington International and Dulles International. A block of rooms has been reserved for $105.00 US/room/night (for one person or two people sharing). Registration fees also have yet to be determined, but we hope to hold them to $150.00 US with discounts for early registration and for students.
The host committee is now embarking on seeking sponsors and any assistance of SSG members in this matter would be most welcome. Please contact Becky Abel if you have any thoughts/suggestions, or are willing to approach sponsors on our behalf.
We hope that this information is of some help, and that you will be interested in attending the 5th International Swan symposium. We look forward to providing further information shortly, including the call for papers in early spring.
Becky Abel (co-host of the 5th ISS0, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Cornely (co-host of the 5th ISS), email: email@example.com
John O. Albertsen, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen Rees (coordinator of the scientific programme for the 5th ISS), email: Eileen.Rees@wwt.org.uk