The Reddish Egret Working Group in conjunction with ProNatura Noreste and Rio Grande Joint Venture is hosting a 2-day REEG workshop during the VI International Partners in Flight and XXI Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation occurring Oct. 30th – Nov. 3rd 2017 in San José, Costa Rica at the Hotel Crown Plaza. The REEG Workshop will take place Nov. 1st – 2nd.
Expanding and Enhancing Conservation Efforts of Reddish Egret into MesoamericA
Workshop Abstract: This workshop is an invitation by the International Reddish Egret Working Group to all Mesoamerican biologists and citizen scientists concerned with the conservation of the Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens). Please participate in this workshop to advance the awareness and understanding of Reddish Egret populations and habitat use throughout its global range. Our objectives are to engage new partners (particularly Mesoamerican biologists and citizen scientists) in the International Working Group, provide a venue to share information about Reddish Egrets (REEG) and its use of Mesoamerican habitats, and discuss conservation planning efforts including a potential Continental Plan. The first day we will highlight conservation efforts in Mexico and solicit participation in finalizing the REEG Mexico Business Plan. The next day we will introduce the Working Group’s activities including development of standardized range-wide monitoring protocol and time allowing an update on the 2014 Plan (Wilson et al.) Most importantly we hope to gain insight from workshop participants about REEG populations, use of habitats, and conservation threats and needs in Mexico, Central America, (especially Belize), the Caribbean and other parts of the range. To enhance our information exchange, please bring or be able to refer to reports, data or maps. With your participation this workshop will expand communication and thus partnerships throughout the species’ range to meet the ultimate goal of conserving this unique species.
The final agenda is now available:
Click here for registration and all things pertaining to the conference. Early Registration ends July 31, 2017, you can still register after that date, however at an increased cost.
The Reddish Egret workshop is November 1 and 2, 2017. ProNatura Noreste (Alfredo Alvarez) will facilitate the first day (Wednesday, Nov. 1) of the workshop and delve into the Continental Conservation Plan they are beginning to develop.
The Reddish Egret (REEG) Working Group’s overall objective in this workshop is to highlight and potentially elevate the awareness of the Reddish Egret within the bird conservation community, and increase collaboration within Mesoamerica to better understand and support the global population of REEG (see abstract above). This conference is a great opportunity for our working group to broaden membership and be more inclusive of partners in parts of the species’ range that are currently under-represented.
The REEG Working Group will host the 2nd day (Thursday, Nov 2) and our agenda will likely consist of:
– Introduction to International Reddish Egret Working Group
– Open discussion and information sharing with Mesoamerican biologists, managers and conservation partners
– Developing and implementing range-wide breeding protocol
-Status of action items in the REEG Working Group’s 2014 plan and how it fits into the development of the Continental Plan
-Time permitting (and interest): working group member reports on their research and management efforts
If you think you can attend the meeting – please email Kelli Stone so we can get a count of English-speaking only attendees to evaluate our translation needs.
Interested in presenting your data/project during the REEG working group’s 1-day session (Nov. 3)? Please email Kelli Stone – we will be finalizing agenda in the next few weeks.
We are checking into having the workshop broadcast as a webinar or something similar for those of us who cannot attend.
Lodging information: Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici, San Jose, Costa Rica