The 97th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association will showcase presentations and research. In addition to a robust scientific program of papers and posters, the meeting will feature dinner speakers, a series of workshops, open houses and field trips, and the all-famous bucket raffle and silent auction.
CEO Cellular Tracking Technologies
The Internet of Wildlife – connecting technology and wildlife to answer the big conservation questions of today and tomorrow.
Connectivity in our everyday lives is something we all have gotten used to, both consciously and subconsciously. Whether it’s the watch on your wrist uploading data to the web and then providing you analyses on your phone, or your phone triggering a connected device in your home when you cross an invisible geofence, we use connected networks every day. Until now wildlife tracking devices have been designed to work within a single platform (GSM, ARGOS, etc.), where every device communicates directly with a specific network. The Internet of Wildlife leverages each organism in the network to intelligently collect and send information from one organism to the next allowing researchers to collect biological data never before possible. For example, with IoW small passerines transfer data to turtles, otters to gulls, whales to albatrosses; bigger animals can transmit to the internet and/or satellites so that the entire multi-species data stream ultimately reaches the researcher. This kind of intelligent data mesh network enables remote tracking of the smallest organisms. The IoW mesh network leverages existing network infrastructure, thereby reducing the need to deploy costlier infrastructure specific to certain type of wildlife tag, e.g., ICARUS. The CTT IoW will revolutionize how animal movement data are collected and how researchers and wildlife work together to answer big questions and ultimately help conserve species world-wide. Michael Lanzone is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of Cellular Tracking Techologies, a company on the cutting edge of wildlife telemetry. Mike spent his teen years in upstate New York where he had the opportunity to work with both passerine and raptor banders. It was evident early that Mike had an inventive creativity, and he was lucky and determined enough to find ways to harness it in service of avian conservation. He devised Braddock Bay Bird Observatory’s first aerial net, was instrumental in advancing the bioacoustics lab at Powdermill Avian Research Center, and his GPS trackers were integral to the success of Project Snowstorm. In 2017, he was the recipient of the ABA’s Chandler Robbins Award for Conservation and Education. Now living and working in New Jersey, Mike is one of the leading Golden Eagle researchers in North America.
Sara Morris Associate VP of Academic Affairs, Canisius College
The power of partnerships: How a banding station can contribute to avian research The Appledore Island Migration Station began operating in the 1970s. Initially, the AIMS banding station focused on documenting migration and stopover ecology of migrant landbirds. Although it began with a single purpose, the station has collaborated on a variety of projects that have increased its contributions to the study of avian migration. These projects have included large scale studies of bird movements, the role of migrant birds in zoonotic diseases, factors affecting stopover decisions by migrants, and flight calling behavior. Additionally, by being open to other opportunities, the station has contributed to the study of wind turbines and the analyses of complex shapes. While banding and the study of basic life history continue to be the focus of the AIMS banding station, partnerships have increased the scope and value of the science from this single site and contributed to its long-term operation.
For nearly three decades, Sara Morris has been using banding to answer questions about the behavior of migrating passerines, particularly in the Gulf of Maine. With more than 30 publications to her name on topics including vector-borne disease in songbirds, night-flight calls, and stopover decision-making in wood warblers, Sara uses avian research not only as a mechanism to understand bird behavior but also as a tool to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. A professor of biology at Canisius College in Buffalo NY, Sara currently serves as the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs. She is the lead bander at the Appledore Island Migration Station and a research associate at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory. She is the Immediate Past President of the Wilson Ornithological Society, a life member of the Eastern Bird Banding Association, and in 2014 she received the Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award.
A partial list of papers and presentations is included below; the full slate will be available soon.
Confirmed papers include:
Steve Albert (Institute for Bird Populations): Long-term Banding Data Are Providing Insights and Surprises into Bird Population Trends
Antonio Celis-Murillo (Patuxent Wildlife Research Center): Estimating the Functional Role and Quality of Stopover Sites Around the Gulf of Mexico to Inform Conservation: Integrating Knowledge from Banding and Telemetry Data
Luke DeGroote (Powdermill Avian Research Center): Opening the Black Box of Post Bird-window Collision Survival
Michelle Gianvecchio (SUNY Brockport):A Comparison of Flight Calling Responsiveness in American Redstarts and Magnolia Warblers
Maren Gimpel (Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory, Washington College): The Importance of Collaboration – How the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory Contributes to Avian Research (and How You Can Too)
Lisa Kiziuk (Willistown Conservation Trust), David Brinker, Luke DeGroote, C. Scott Weidensaul, Daniel Brauning, and Stuart Mackenzie: Motus Wildlife Tracking System Expands in Mid-Atlantic States
Alison Kocek (SUNY-ESF): A Novel Means to Passively Identify Individual Birds Attending Nests
Laura-Marie Koitsch & Sarah Sargent (Erie Bird Observatory): Help, There’s a Lake in my Way! Now, What? . . . Investigating the Spring Stopover Ecology of Three Passerine Species along the Pennsylvania Shoreline of Lake Erie
Michelle Stantial and Jonathan Cohen (SUNY-ESF): Automated Telemetry for Monitoring Nocturnal Behavior of Breeding Piping Plovers on the Atlantic Coast
Confirmed posters include:
Molly Border (Rochester Institute of Technology), Katherine Hensel, Chad Seewagen and Susan Smith Pagano: Does Japanese Barberry Affect the Breeding Physiology of Male Ovenbirds?
Annie Crary (University of Toledo), Luke DeGroote, Mark Shieldcastle, and Henry Streby: Refeuling Performance in Migratory Songbirds at Two Long-term Bird Banding Sites
Gretchen Horst (Rochester Institute of Technology), Katherine Hensel, Erica Delles, Andrea Patterson, and Susan Smith Pagano: Invasive Honeysuckle’s Impact on Avian Frugivores – Insights from Feather Reflectance and Nutritional Biochemistry
Carter Moleski (Rochester Institute of Technology), Gretchen Horst, and Susan Smith Pagano: A Molecular Sexing Protocol Optimized for Migratory Passerines
Veronica Schabert (Canisius College), Kelly Roberts, Andrea Patterson and Kristen Covino: Age-specific Variation Between Migration Patterns of the Common Yellowthroat
Jeffrey A. Spendelow (Patuxent Wildlife Research Center): Evaluating current limiting factors and future threats to recovery of endangered Roseate Terns
Caitlin Welsh (University of Pennsylvania): Using a Motus-based Curriculum to Foster Conservation Learning