Monday, March 8, 2021, 7:30pm

Saving Seabirds with Social Attraction

Steve Kress with an Atlantic Puffin chick

Speaker: Steve Kress 

Register for Zoom Webinar here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc202103mtg

About one third of all seabird species are threatened because of effects of invasive mammals, marine pollution, loss of forage fish and climate change. Against this grim background, Stephen Kress’s presentation about seabird restoration offers hope that people can bring seabirds back to historic nesting places and expand ranges by using innovative restoration methods based on animal behavior.  Steve will explain how seabird biologists are saving species by restoring nesting colonies using methods that were first developed on the Maine coast where. Steve’s pioneering research using decoys, audio recordings and mirrors has become known as social attraction. This method, often combined with translocation of seabird chicks, is now helping at least 95 seabird species in 25 countries.  Steve will explain how these techniques brought puffins and terns back to nesting islands on the Maine coast and how others are using the methods to save endangered seabirds worldwide.

About the Speaker: Stephen Kress is the founder of National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin and a Visiting Fellow of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He previously served as Vice-President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society and Director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, Maine. His research focus is development of techniques for managing nesting seabirds. Hundreds of professional seabird biologists can trace their first interest in seabirds to internships with Project Puffin and many innovative seabird conservation methods that he developed in Maine are now standard practice worldwide. Dr. Kress received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his Master’s and undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University. He is co-author with Derrick Z. Jackson of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird back to Egg Rock and the recently published ‘The Puffin Plan’, his autobiography for 12+ readers.  He is also author of many books on birdwatching and gardening for birds. Many Ithacans know Steve from his popular spring ornithology courses at the Lab of Ornithology.  This spring he is teaching Spring Ornithology as a zoom webinar course for the Cayuga Bird Club.

Cayuga Bird Club meetings start at 7:30pm on the second Monday of each month, September through June. Webinars are free and open to the public. Each virtual meeting will begin with the speaker's presentation, followed by club business.

Upcoming Webinars:
  • Apr 12, 2021 - Anusha Shankar: Hummingbirds
  • May 10, 2021 - Jeff Wells: Boreal birds and Indigenous-led Conservation