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Attendees at an earlier, in-person symposium. Credit: Ben Young Landis
Attendees at an earlier, in-person symposium. Credit: Ben Young Landis

A Simpatico Science Symposium

Hi Everyone! Donna Ball, Project Lead Scientist here. Dave is out in the field taking pictures of heavy machinery moving massive amounts of dirt (you’ve seen the pictures in his prior posts) or some such activity. While he’s away, I thought that I would hijack his blog to tell you about the upcoming Science Symposium. So, pull up a chair…

What’s a Science Symposium, you might ask. Well, it’s a gathering of scientists and managers all in one place (virtually – at least this year) at one time to share and discuss the science that is happening on the project.

The Symposium is happening soon – it will be on May 11th and 12th – and it’s free and open to the public!!

We have two half days of interesting science talks and I’m so excited! This is a chance for many of the scientists working on the Project to tell us and you all about the great work that they are doing, the progress that the Project has made with our restoration work, and how our Adaptive Management Plan is guiding the science for the Project. Each session will include a panel with the scientists and opportunities for you to ask questions.

We have some terrific presentations lined up. Some examples:

  • Ben Pearl from the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory will talk about the organization’s Western Snowy Plover research and related waterbird research (come for the science and the cute pictures!).
  • Several researchers from the U. S. Geological Survey will each talk about waterbirds, and mercury, and marshes (I think there will be some good pictures of mud in addition to birds).
  • There will be a talk about how salt marsh harvest mice are using the habitat in our restoration areas (more cute pictures).
  • Save The Bay will show how they are incorporating farming techniques into restoration of transition zone habitats (guaranteed pictures of a tractor).
  • And you may want to learn all about Motus towers and how scientists can use them to track birds, wildlife, and even some large bugs across their wide ranges of migration (cool pictures of antennas!).

I could go on and on...there’s so much more! But I don’t want to give away all the highlights. You can check out the agenda for yourself and register now here.

If you want to dig deeper and read up ahead of time on what the talks are about, you can check out the speakers’ abstracts here.

Hoping you can join us on May 11th and 12th!

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