Seabird Working Group

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Chinese Crested Tern © He Chuan

Over 150 seabird species inhabit the EAAF, some of which have long trans-equatorial migration routes while others move at a smaller regional scale. Although some species have very large populations, many species are declining or are facing a high risk of extinction due to several ongoing threats at their breeding and wintering sites. To achieve positive conservation outcomes, a joint and equal responsibility for the conservation of seabirds is urgently required across the region. Unfortunately, conservation, management, education, and research activities for seabirds in the EAAF have lacked coordination in terms of objectives, field methods, reporting and information exchange.

The EAAFP Seabird Working Group (WG) was established in 2007 to assist in the coordination of conservation activities across the flyway through promoting, facilitating, coordinating and harmonizing seabird conservation, education, and research activities across the EAAF. The WG cooperates with all Partners, scientists, and land managers interested in seabird conservation and helps to improve communication among these groups.

Taxonomic groups that occur in the Flyway include:

GaviidaeDivers (Loons)
DiomedeidaeAlbatross
ProcellariidaeShearwaters/Petrels
OceanitidaeStorm-Petrels
PhaethontidaeTropicbirds
FregatidaeFrigatebirds
PelecanidaePelicans
SulidaeGannets/Boobies
PhalacrocoracidaeCormorants
LaridaeGulls/Tern/Skimmers
StercorariidaeSkuas
AlcidaeAuks

Key elements of the 2015-2016 work plan include to:
  • Update the WGs Prioritization Process before MOP9;
  • Coordinate input into the ‘Global Seabird Colony Registry’;
  • Develop a Tern conservation plan;
  • Coordinate information update on the Aleutian Terns in Russia;
  • Encourage the nomination of sites to the EAAFP Flyway Site Network;
  • Support a meeting with seabird experts, conservationists and policy makers from the EAAF.
Thumbnail of a cormorantWorking Group Chair

Robb Kaler
US Fish & Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Management,
1011 East Tudor Road,
Anchorage, Alaska, 99503 USA
Tel: +907 786 3984 Fax: +907 786 3641
E-mail: robert_kaler@fws.gov

RobbKalerBio: Robb received his MSc degree at Kansas State University, USA in 2007 where he studied the population demography of reintroduced island ptarmigan in the western Aleutian Islands, Alaska. He joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2010 and serves as the Alaska Region Seabird Data Coordinator. Robb is the Alaska/Russia Representative on the Executive Committee of the Pacific Seabird Group and is a member of the World Seabird Union’s Development Team responsible for the Global Seabird Colony Register.

Working Group Coordinators

Yat-tung Yu
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society,
7C, V Ga Building, 532 Castle Peak Road,
Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2377 4387 Fax: +852 2314 3687
E-mail: bfspoonbill@hkbws.org.hk

Yat Yung YuBio: Yat-tung has long been fascinated by seabirds in his birdwatching experience. He is a founding member of the Tern Research Group of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, which is responsible to regular surveys of breeding tern colonies in Hong Kong. Yat-tung also collects information of seabirds in the coastal areas of China and promotes seabird monitoring activities. Yat-tung is currently a team member of the recovery programme of the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern coordinated by BirdLife International, aiming to restore breeding habitats for this species and other breeding terns.

Dr. Mark Carey
Migratory Species Section,
Department of the Environment, Australian Government
Tel: +61 2 6274 1873
E-mail: mark.carey@environment.gov.au

Bio: Mark obtained his PhD at La Trobe University, Australia in 2011 where he examined the effects of investigator disturbance on the reproductive success of Short-tailed Shearwaters. He joined the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment in 2012 where he works on migratory species policy. Since joining the Department, Mark has had exposure to a wide range of international environmental agreements including Ramsar, CMS and Australia’s three migratory bird treaties with Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.

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