[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Sessions_Defenders of Wildlife's 6th Biennial Carnivore Conference

Jim Curland curland at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 21 09:41:27 PDT 2006

Here are the various marine mammal sessions sprinkled throughout 
Defenders of Wildlife's 6th Biennial Carnivore Conference, Habitats, 
Challenges, and Possibilities, to be held November 12-November 15 at the 
Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. The conference will feature 
three full days of sessions on terrestrial and marine carnivore issues, 
plus a poster session, field trip, silent auction, banquet and 
ambassador wolf sessions. For more information, please visit:   
http://www.carnivoreconference.org/.  You can view a tentative, 
non-detailed schedule at this site for other session topics.

On this year's Conference Science Advisory Committee is a team of 15 
scientists, including 5 marine scientists:

    *  From Mote Marine Lab:  Dr. John Reynolds, Dr. Randy Wells, Dr.
      Nélio B. Barros, Dr. Damon Gannon

    *  From the Center for Ocean Health, U.C. Santa Cruz/Long Marine
      Lab:  Dr. Jim Estes

Monday, November 13

Climate Change and Carnivores I 10:00 am-1:30 pm
1. Conservation in the Face of Climate Change, Lara Hansen
2. Climate-Ocean Effects on  the Marine and Terrestrial Habitats of the 
Hawaiian Monk Seal, Jason Baker
3. Impacts of Diminishing Snow Cover on Ringed Seals, Brendan Kelly
4. Long-Term Trends in Polar Bear Ecology in Relation To Climatic 
Change, Nick Lunn
5. Global Warming, the Arctic Region and Preserving 
Endangered/Threatened Species- Another Case of Pre-Hurricane Katrina 
Thinking? Michael Belanger

Human Interactions With Marine Mammals 10:00 am-1:30 pm
1. Human Interactions With Marine Mammals in the Wild: An Overview of 
the Policies, Guidelines and Regulations Developed in the U.S. To 
Address Activities of Concern, Trevor Spradlin
2. Feeding and Harassment of Wild Bottlenose Dolphins in the Southeast 
Region: Overview of Activities of Concern and Mitigation Efforts, Stacey 
3. Evidence of Recreational Fishing Interactions in Stranded Indian 
River Lagoon Bottlenose Dolphins: 1997-2005, Wendy Durden
4. Impacts of Human Activities on  a Long-Term Resident Community of 
Bottlenose Dolphins on  Florida's West Coast, Randall Wells
5. Non-Lethal Deterrence of California Sea Lions and Pacific Harbor 
Seals, Monica DeAngelis
6. Recent Phocid and Canid Interactions in the Cape Cod Area of 
Massachusetts, Betty Lentell

Human Interactions With Marine Mammals II 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
1. Large Carnivores and Tourism: a Symbiotic Or Parasitic Relationship?, 
John Dobson
2. The Impacts on  Human/Bear Conflicts: Why We Need To Learn To 
Coexist, Minette Johnson

Tuesday, November 14

Bottlenose Dolphin Foraging Ecology I 8-10:30 am

1. Assessing the Effects of Fishing on Bottlenose Dolphins With 
Qualitative Models, Donald Baltz
2. Bottlenose Dolphin Vocalizations Suppress Calling Rates and Elevate 
Stress Hormones in a Prey Species, the Gulf Toadfish, Opsanus beta, 
Douglas Nowacek
3. How To Catch a Fish? Foraging Tactic Fidelity of Bottlenose Dolphins 
in Florida Bay, Florida, Leigh Torres
4. Role of Ecological Disturbance in the Foraging Ecology of Coastal 
Bottlenose Dolphins, Damon Gannon
5. Stomach Content Analysis of Bottlenose Dolphins Stranded in South 
Carolina, Michelle Pate
6. Variation in Feeding Habits Among Bottlenose Dolphins From Two 
Southeastern U.S. Estuaries As Determined By Stable Isotope Analysis, 
Melissa Recks

Bottlenose Dolphin Foraging Ecology II 10:30-1:30 pm
1. Bottlenose Dolphin Population Differentiation and Trophic Studies 
Using Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulfur Stable Isotopes and Stomach Content 
Analyses, Nélio Barros
2. Molecular Scatology As a Tool For Investigating Cetacean Diet: 
Development, Assessment and Application of DNA-Based Diet Investigation 
Methods For Bottlenose Dolphins, Glenn Dunshea

Sea Otters 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
1. Patterns of Body Size, Growth and Condition Among Sea Otter 
Populations: What Can It Tell Us About Population Status? Daniel Monson
2. Persistence of Spilled Oil in Nearshore Sediments and Pathways of 
Exposure To Foraging Sea Otters, James Bodkin
3. Recovery, Foraging Patterns, and Prey Selection of Washington's Sea 
Otter Population, Harriet Allen
4. Nutrient Composition of the Diet Consumed By Threatened Southern Sea 
Otters, Alice Green
5. No Place Like Home: a Comparison of Habitat Use Strategies Between 
Southern Sea Otter Populations of Varying Density, Gena Bentall
6. Movement Patterns of Female Southern Sea Otters Vary With 
Reproductive Status, Christine Alfano
7. Sea Otters Translocated To San Nicolas Island: Individual Fates, 
Population Growth, and Projected Persistence of a Small Population, 
Lilian Carswell

Jim Curland, Marine Program Associate
Defenders of Wildlife
P.O. Box 959
Moss Landing, CA. 95039

Defenders of Wildlife, founded in 1947, is dedicated to the protection 
of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We 
focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious 
environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction 
of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat 
alteration and destruction. Long known for our leadership on endangered 
species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to 
wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming 
endangered. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and 
interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as 
indicator species for ecosystem health.


(Above link is Defenders Main Sea Otter Page)
(Above link is Defenders Sea Otter Unit)
(Above link is Defenders Marine Page)
(Above link is Defenders California Programs)
(Above link is Defenders California Programs-Marine Protection)
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