Pacific Seabird Group
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2009)|
The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) is a U.S.A.- based ornithological society, the objectives of which are exclusively scientific, educational, conservational, and nonprofit. In furtherance of these objectives, PSG’s principal activities are (1) to increase the amount and quality of scientific research on Pacific seabirds, (2) to educate PSG’s members and the general public of the ecology and importance of Pacific seabirds and their environment, (3) to disseminate publications and other information to accomplish this end, and (4) to advocate for the conservation of Pacific seabirds wherever they occur.focusing on the behavior, ecology, and conservation of seabirds. http://www.pacificseabirdgroup.org/index.php?f=about&t=About%20Us&s=1
It was founded in 1972 as an association of professional seabird researchers and managers. It aims to increase the quality and quantity of seabird research by facilitating information exchange, to assess threats to seabird populations, and to provide government agencies and others with expert advice on managing them.
The Pacific Seabird Group is governed by an Executive Council, which includes a student representative, and representatives from Alaska/Russia, Washington/Oregon, Northern California, Southern California/Latin America/Hawaii, non-Pacific U.S. states, Canada, Asia/Oceania, and Europe/Africa. Membership on the Executive Council is decided by an annual election by the membership. Membership is open to "all persons interested in Pacific seabirds and/or their environment." There are Individual Members, Life Members, Honorary Members, Student Members, Corresponding Members, and Sponsored Members. Dues are paid annually.
Since 2000, the PSG has published the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Marine Ornithology on behalf of a consortium of seabird groups from across the world. Marine Ornithology is published 2-3 times a year, and is the continuation of the African Seabird Group's journal Cormorant.
Since its inception, the PSG has hosted an annual meeting of members. In 2008, the first annual meeting outside North America was held in Hakodate, Japan. PSG held its 37th annual meeting at the 1st World Seabird Conference in September 2010, along with other seabird groups. The 40th annual meeting was held in February 2013 at Portland Oregon, USA.
At each annual meeting, awards are presented for the best student oral and poster presentations. A Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Achievement Award may also be presented.
|Year||Meeting Location||Lifetime Achievement Award||Special Achievement Award|
|2012||Oahu, Hawaii||John Cooper||None|
|2010||Long Beach, California||Daniel W. Anderson||Frank Gress|
|2009||Hakodate, Japan||Haruo Ogi||Yutaka Watanuki|
|2008||Blaine, Washington||John Croxall||Lora Leschner, and S. Kim Nelson|
|2007||Pacific Grove, California||Michael P. Harris||Edward F. Melvin|
|2006||Girdwood, Alaska||G. Vernon Byrd||Mark Rauzon|
|2005||Portland, Oregon||Spencer G. Sealy||None|
|2004||La Paz, Mexico||None|
|2003||Parksville, British Columbia||None|
|2002||Santa Barbara, California||Philip & Myrtle Ashmole||None|
|2000||Napa, California||Richard G. B. Brown||Malcolm Coulter & Steven M. Speich|
|1999||Blaine, Washington||John Warnham|
|1998||Monterey, California||George J. Divoky & Craig S. Harrison|
|1997||Portland, Oregon||William R.P. Bourne, James G. King, James C. Bartonek (co-founders PSG|
|1996||Charles J. Guiget||None|
|1995||Miklos D. Udvardy||None|
|1994||Thomas R. Howell||None|
|1993||Sacramento, California||First Award ever given by PSG: Karl W. Kenyon||Arthur L. Sowls|
The PSG often comments on government proposals or legal actions concerning seabird conservation issues. In the past, it has written regarding Marine Protected Areas in the western United States, American White Pelican management plans, the eradication of introduced mammals from islands, and decisions on the listing of species in endangered species legislation.