[MARMAM] Last Posting: Marine Mammal Sessions_Defenders of Wildlife's 6th Biennial Carnivore Conference-Less Than 2 Weeks Away

Jim Curland curland at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 1 13:38:56 PST 2006


Carnivores 2006 Logo - Copyright Steve Oliver

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 detailed schedule 
at this site for other session topics.  Note that on the detailed  
schedule it may still reflect less than a handful of presentations that 
have since dropped , namely one from the marine mammal/human 
interactions session, by John Dobson (who is no longer speaking).  There 
may possibly also be additions to the schedule that aren't on this 
version of the schedule.

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. Effects of Climate Change on Ice-Breeding Harp and Hooded Seals, 
David Lavigne
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

Climate Change and Carnivores II 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
1. Climate-Ocean Effects on the Marine and Terrestrial Habitats of the 
Hawaiian Monk Seal, Jason Baker
2. The Implications of Global Warming on a Snow Dependent Species - A 
Case For the Wolverine, Jeffrey Copeland
3. Whitebark Pine, Grizzly Bears, and Climate Change, Katherine Kendall
DISCUSSION

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 
Carlson
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. 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. The Impacts on  Human/Bear Conflicts: Why We Need To Learn To 
Coexist, Minette Johnson
DISCUSSION

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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
DISCUSSION

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

Posters

Health Assesment of California Sea Lions Utilizing Fluctuating 
Asymmetry, Amber Bifolck
Evidence of Human Interaction in Pinnipeds  Stranded in New York State, 
Rebecca Scott

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Jim Curland, Marine Program Associate
Defenders of Wildlife
P.O. Box 959
Moss Landing, CA. 95039
831-726-9010 (phone)
831-726-9020 (fax)
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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.

Defenders of Wildlife is pleased to announce
Carnivores 2006:
Habitats, Challenges and Opportunities
A Conference on Carnivore Biology & Conservation                        
Find out more at:
November 12-15, 2006 ~ St. Petersburg, 
Florida                                http://www.carnivoreconference.org/
 
http://www.defenders.org
http://www.kidsplanet.org

http://www.defenders.org/wildlife/new/seaotters.html  (Defenders' Main 
Sea Otter Page)
http://www.kidsplanet.org/espanol/espint.html            (Defenders' Sea 
Otter Teaching Unit)
http://www.defenders.org/wildlife/new/marine.html     (Defenders' Marine 
Program Page)
http://www.defenders.org/california/marine.html        (Defenders' 
California Marine Program)    

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