“Year of the Terns” World Seabird Day Webinar Series

“Year of the Terns”
World Seabird Day Webinar Series

Brief Introduction

To raise awareness among EAAFP Partners, researchers, conservationists, and the general public about seabirds in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAA Flyway), while promoting the exchange of information and collaboration on seabird conservation in the Flyway, the EAAFP Secretariat and the Seabird Working Group initiated the “Year of the Terns” in 2022.

The World Seabird Day Webinar Series is one of the campaign activities for “Year of the Terns.” With the aim of showcasing and raising awareness for seabird conservation work along the EAA Flyway, the webinar series consist of two sessions, to launch the Asia Seabird Colony Registry, as well as showcasing work on tern species and their conservation.

Overall Programme 

Day Programme Speakers
Day 1 Welcoming Speech Doug Watkins, Chief Executive of EAAFP Secretariat 

Robert Kaler, Chair of EAAFP Seabird Working Group  

Presentation on Year of the Terns Vivian Fu, EAAFP Communication Officer 
Introduction of World Seabird Registry Robert Kaler, Chair of EAAFP Seabird Working Group 
Presentation on the launch of the Seabird Breeding Registry in EAAF Simba Chan, Seabird Working Group 
Panel Discussion Moderated by Yat Tung Yu, Coordinator of EAAFP Seabird Working Group  

Panelists:  

  • Simba Chan,  
  • Angelique Songco, Site Manager of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines,  
  • Miran Kim, Seabirds Laboratory of Korea, Republic of Korea 
  • Nicholas Carlile, Australasian Seabird Group  

Day 2

Welcoming Speech Yat-tung Yu, Coordinator of EAAFP Seabird Working Group
Primer screening of “Terns Operation” about Chinese Crested Tern, by Fung Hong Shing   
1.      Presentation on Aleutian Tern Robert Kaler, EAAFP Seabird Working Group Chair
2.      Presentation on Little Tern Professor Wataru Kitamura, Tokyo City University
3.      Presentation on Chinese Crested Tern Siyu Wang, Zhejiang Natural History Museum
4.      Presentation on Terns breeding in Hong Kong John Chung, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
5.      Presentation on River Tern Zheng Xi, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden – Hong Kong
6.      Presentation on Black Noddy Retch Pagliawan-Alaba, Research Officer, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
7.      Presentation on White Tern Nicholas Carlile, Australasian Seabird Group
Q&A Moderated by Yuna Kim, Australasian Seabird Group

Webinar Speakers and Moderators:

Day 1 “Launch of the Asia Seabird Colony Registry” 

Date: 1st  July 2022 (15:00 – 16:30 KST)
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rce6prD8iGtax5wFiPEf6GfTOomM8A58c 

Key speaker

Simba Chan
Seabird Working Group

Panelists

Angelique Songco
Site Manager,
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, the Philippines

Angelique Songco has more than 20 years of experience as a site manager of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Flyway Network Site. Referred to as “Mama Ranger,” Angelique is also a member of the EAAFP Seabird Working group and works on the frontier in safeguarding important sites.

Miran Kim
Seabirds Laboratory of Korea

Miran Kim is working in the Seabirds Lab of Korea. During her PhD, she studied egg morphology and hatching asynchrony in gulls. She has worked for the conservation of Swinhoe’s storm petrels and long-term monitoring of Black-tailed gulls. Recently, she is investigating the impacts of marine debris and bycatch on seabirds.

Nicholas Carlile
Australasian Seabird Group

Nicholas commenced ecological research with the Australian Museum 1986 and since 1988 with the NSW States government. His work includes island biodiversity restorations and surveys, research into seabirds and their translocation. While focusing mainly on petrels, he has researched Little, Sooty and White terns as well as Boobies and Tropicbirds.

Moderators

Vivian Fu
Communication Officer,
EAAFP Secretariat
Yat Tung Yu
Director,
Hong Kong Bird Watching Society

Coordinator,
Seabird Working Group

 

Day 2: “Showcase of Tern Conservation Projects in the EAA Flyway “  

Date: 2nd  July 2022 (15:00 – 16:30 KST)
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rce6prD8iGtax5wFiPEf6GfTOomM8A58c 

Speakers

Robert Kaler
Chair,
Seabird Working Group

Robb Kaler is a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, USA. Robb serves as chair of the EAAFP Seabird Working Group is interested in developing collaborations towards broad conservation goals that inform management decisions and promote seabird conservation.

Professor Wataru Kitamura
Associate Professor,
Tokyo City University

Wataru Kitamura Ph.D. is an associate professor at Tokyo City University and the president of NPO Little Tern Project aiming for conservation of the Little Terns on a rooftop in Tokyo. His main research area is conservation biology of avian species such as giving solutions for bird collisions to wind turbines and interaction between alien and native species.

Siyu Wang
Research Associate,
Zhejiang Museum of Natural History

Siyu Wang, research associate of Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, now mainly working on Chinese Crested Tern and Scarly-sided Merganser conservation. Since 2014, I participates in the Chinese Crested Tern Project as a team member. Except from research work, I'm also responsible for Science Popularization of Chinese Crested Tern and other birds.

John Chung
Hong Kong Bird Watching Society

After graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an MPhil degree, John Chung devotes himself to bird research and conservation. He is currently a research officer in the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society. He is responsible for coordinating bird ringing, tern study, and citizen science programs in Hong Kong.

Zheng Xi
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden - Hong Kong

Zheng Xi is a Conservation Officer of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden. He has been actively involved in several key conservation projects to minimize biodiversity loss in China and Cambodia, including the conservation of River Tern and Hornbills in western Yunnan of China.

Retch Pagliawan-Alaba
Research Officer,
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Retch is the Research Officer of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Philippines. She began working on seabirds in 2013 as part of her MSc studies. One of their seabird conservation projects is the restoration of the Black Noddy population in TRNP.

Nicholas Carlile
Australasian Seabird Group

Nicholas commenced ecological research with the Australian Museum 1986 and since 1988 with the NSW States government. His work includes island biodiversity restorations and surveys, research into seabirds and their translocation. While focusing mainly on petrels, he has researched Little, Sooty and White terns as well as Boobies and Tropicbirds.

Moderators:

Yat Tung Yu
Director,
Hong Kong Bird Watching Society

Coordinator,
Seabird Working Group

Yuna Kim
Australasian Seabird Group

 

Supporting Organizations

 

Playback of the Webinar (Coming Soon)

Contact

If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact Mr. Yat-tung Yu, Coordinator of the Seabird Working Group at yyattung@hkbws.org.hk; or Ms. Vivian Fu, Communication Officer of  EAAFP at communication@eaaflyway.net.

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