4th Western Hemisphere
Shorebird Group Meeting

August 11-15, 2011

La Cuarta Reunión del Grupo de
Aves Playeras Hemisferio Occidental
11-15 agosto 2011
(en Español)

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Announcement and Call for Papers

Scientific Program
The scientific program will consist of plenary talks, concurrent paper sessions, a poster session, and organized symposia and workshops.  Ron Ydenberg (ydenberg@sfu.ca) chairs the scientific program committee.  If you wish to organize a topical or species-specific working group session during the program, there may be space available.  Contact the overall organizer Dov Lank (dlank@sfu.ca).

Meeting languages
Simultaneous translation will be available at the meeting, and presenters may speak in Spanish or English.  Abstracts may be submitted in either Spanish or English, and will be included in the meeting materials in both languages.  You may provide your own translation, or we will provide a translation for a $10 fee.  Portuguese speakers: contact Monica Court (mcourt@sfu.ca, 778-782-5958) if you need or desire some native-language help.

Student Presentation Awards

Awards will be given for exemplary student papers.  The student should be the primary author and presenter of the paper.


Plenary speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Erica Nol, Trent University, Canada.  Dr. Nol will review her 20 year study of Semipalmated Plovers on breeding and non-breeding grounds. 
  • Will Cresswell, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  Dr.  Cresswell has studied behavioural relationships between wintering shorebirds and their predators for nearly 20 years.
  • Patricia Gonzalez, Argentina. Dr. Gonzalez will describe local efforts in Argentina for conservation of Red Knots.
  • Brett Sandercock, Kansas State University, USA. Dr. Sandercock will speak on the demography of shorebirds.

Symposia (planned to date) include: 

If you are interested in submitting an abstract for one of the organized symposia, contact the organizer, and follow the directions below for submitting abstract.  Also, there is still room for other symposia - please contact Ron Ydenberg (ydenberg@sfu.ca) or Dov Lank (dlank@sfu.ca) as soon as possible. 


  • color-band coordination
  • shorebird conservation roundtable discussion

Contributed Papers and Posters

We invite you to share your interests, ideas, and knowledge of shorebirds by attending and presenting an oral or poster presentation.  Presentations may address any subject related to shorebird research, monitoring, or conservation in the Western Hemisphere.  Presentations will last 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for the talk and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.  Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee.  We anticipate accommodating all acceptable submissions, but reserve the right to ask authors to consider a poster presentation if we deem that more suitable.  

Abstracts must be received by 15 June 2011

On request, we can confirm acceptance upon receipt.

Send submissions to:


Writing your Abstract

Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail.  Submit in English, Spanish, or both, but please follow the directions below carefully, as this greatly facilitates compiling abstracts into the meeting booklet.  Abstracts will be included in the meeting materials in both languages.  You may provide your own translation, or we will provide the translation for you, for which we charge a CDN$10 fee (added to your registration cost).  Portuguese speakers are encouraged to contact Monica Court mcourt@sfu.ca for additional help.


To:  whsgmeet@sfu.ca
Cc:  symposium organizer (if applicable)
Subject Line:   WHSG IV ABSTRACT – J. Gonzales
Attachment:   WHSG IV ABSTRACT – J. Gonzales

COMPARING ECOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS OF NATURAL AND CREATED WETLANDS FOR SHOREBIRDS IN TEXAS.  Elizabeth Brusati, (e-mail), Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, Paul DuBowy, (e-mail) etc…

            We compared shorebird behavior, abundance, and prey availability between natural and created wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, USA.  Locations included…maximum of 250 words

COMPARANDO LAS FUNCIONES ECOLÓGICAS DE HUMEDALES NATURALES Y CONSTRUIDOS PARA LAS AVES PLAYERAS EN TEXAS. Elizabeth Brusati, (correo electrónico), Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, Paul DuBowy, (correo electrónico) etc…
            Comparamos el comportamiento, abundancia, y disponibilidad de presas en aves playeras entre un humedales naturales y construidos en la consta del Golfo de México, Texas, USA. Los sitios incluyeron......

Preferred presentation format:  Oral or Poster
Equipment needed:  (Powerpoint Computer Projector is the default; requests for other equipment will be met if possible, but require special requests in advance.) 
Student Award Candidate:   Yes or No 
Presenting author:

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your abstract.  If you do not receive a confirmation within 3 weeks of submission, contact: whsgmeet@sfu.ca.