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Stewardship Roundtable

DATE: Friday August 24, 2018
TIME: 8:45 AM - 6:30 PM

A Forum and showcase of innovative practices for bird and wildlife conservation

The Stewardship Centre for BC and Bird Studies Canada, in collaboration with the 27th International Ornithological Congress | IOCongress2018, the Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF 2018), is convening a Stewardship Roundtable on Friday, August 24, 2018 - a forum and showcase of innovative practices championed in our province and beyond. 

We invite you to put Stewardship in the spotlight and participate in our Stewardship Roundtable, an official event of IOCongress2018. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Registrant Welcome & Doors Open
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
| Stewardship Roundtable (registration required)
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Stewardship Poster and Networking Session (free with Roundtable ticket)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Birds of a Feather: The Reciprocal Benefits of Protecting Biodiversity (open to the PUBLIC

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building | 1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver

The day will be devoted to learning and sharing ideas for action on pressing issues in ecological stewardship. Participants will hear how citizens, local governments, conservation organizations, and stewardship practitioners are meeting the challenges of sustaining environmental health in their communities. Panel presentations, World Café style discussions, storytelling, and networking will all contribute to the development of next step action plans on six theme topics.

Call for Abstracts - Stewardship Roundtable Poster Presentation
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Climate change is a major challenge to the conservation of birds and wildlife across BC. We will increase understanding about how the global drivers of climate have continental-scale impacts on bird migration and the ways local communities and municipalities are responding to these changes.

Navigating the issues around cats’ impacts on birds demands a non-traditional approach; the human dimension is a key part of finding solutions. Participants will learn best stewardship practices, not only for the welfare of cats and birds, but also for managing the many challenges facing individuals and communities.

The pressures of human influence on the urban landscape and the challenges and opportunities to improve habitat for wildlife and birds are critical to help restore both public parks and private backyard habitat. Following a panel presentation, various land-use scenarios will be explored followed by a discussion and sharing of existing resources.

Incorporating social and economic structures into the conservation planning process of Wildlife Management Areas, Important Bird Areas, and along shorelines can be seen through two lenses: green infrastructure and traditional food and cultural practices. Following speakers, there will be a panel discussion and breakout group exercise that will explore innovative solutions that benefit birds and balance human needs.

This session will cover why birds collide with windows: the scope of the issue, factors that increase risk of collisions with windows, and a multitude of practical solutions that can be applied from building design to mitigating known problem areas. Learn and interact with Dr. Daniel Klem, FLAP Canada, and a panel of architects, campus sustainability practitioners, landscape architects, municipal planners, and bird-friendly manufacturers.

Agriculture occurs on some of the most productive landscapes across the country. There is significant overlap between agricultural lands and important habitats for birds and other wildlife. This session will explore solutions that are being developed to ensure farm and ranch lands can continue to support healthy populations of aerial insectivores, grassland birds, waterfowl, and raptors.


Evening Program

Birds of a Feather: The Reciprocal Benefits of protecting biodiversity

Date: August 24, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COst: Free for congress delegates | 
$25 per person

Explore human-avian relationships at this one-night-only event! After highlighting next steps from Roundtable discussions, Midori Nicholson will demonstrate why birds are valuable coastal indicators and their significance in BC’s Kwakwaka’wakw culture. Our keynote speaker, 2017 Whitley Award-winner Purnima Barman, will share stories from the front lines of her research, advocacy, and outreach with Greater Adjutant Storks (Hargila) in India.


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