The Great Basin Bird Observatory is now soliciting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the Great Basin Bird Conference, being held May 17th – 21st, 2017 at the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, NV.

Submit an abstract of your presentation below or via email no later than January 11th, 2017.

Presentations relating to the following themes, focusing on the Great Basin and adjoining regions, are solicited:

  • Avian research, monitoring, and conservation science
  • Conservation efforts targeting birds and their habitats
  • Bird records committee activities

Presentations on research, monitoring, and conservation science should identify study or project objectives, describe methods and data analysis, present results, discuss the significance of the study or project, and propose future research directions or provide management recommendations.  All presentations should be given in a way that will appeal to a diverse audience of ornithologists, conservation professionals, and birders.

Oral presentations shall be allotted 20 minutes and will be given during the science sessions on the 18th and 19th (Thursday and Friday).  Posters will be presented during the reception on the 18th.

Please keep the abstract brief (300 words maximum) and include a short (60-word maximum) bio for the presenting author. Follow the basic format of the sample abstract at bottom of this page, including all-caps for author names, an * to indicate presenter, and affiliation and addresses for all authors. Provide the bio for the presenter in a second paragraph under the abstract. Finally, indicate whether you prefer a TALK, a POSTER, or EITHER for your presentation, and let us know if it is a student presentation.

Abstract Submission Form

Name *
Phone *

If you prefer to send it as an email attachment, please send it to and provide all ancillary information required for the online submission in your email.

Submitters will be notified of acceptance status by January 19th, 2017.  Please contact Debbie Van Dooremolen at if you have any questions.

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Sample Abstract:

VAN DOOREMOLEN*, DEBBIE M. AND SETH A. SHANAHAN. Avian Monitoring at an Urban Demonstration Wetland in Southern Nevada. Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas Wash Project Coordination Team, 1900 E. Flamingo Rd., Ste. 255, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

A demonstration wetland was constructed at the City of Henderson Water Reclamation Facility in Henderson, Nevada, in 2001 to determine whether constructed wetlands can polish municipal wastewater flows while providing wildlife habitat as an ancillary benefit. Birds are censused to determine their impact on water quality through nutrient and bacterial contribution and to provide information on the habitat value of the wetland. The 5.75-acre wetland pond consists of three loafing islands, 11 submerged planting beds (hummocks) and approximately 80% open water, yielding four distinct habitat types, including the pond edge. Native bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.) are planted on the hummocks, and saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) lines the perimeters of the loafing islands and pond. Biweekly to monthly vehicular censuses are conducted, beginning within two hours of sunrise and continuing until approximately four hours after sunrise. Monitoring began in August 2004 and has continued through May 2005. In 23 site visits, 8,293 individuals from 75 species have been detected. The species contributing the largest number of individuals over the monitoring period was the winter-resident Northern Shoveler, with 2,703 recorded. Year-round residents, Mallard, Ruddy Duck, and American Coot, also contributed significantly with 445, 1,157, and 961 individuals, respectively. Together, the four species account for nearly 65% of the birds identified in the wetland. Open water and loafing islands were the two most commonly used habitats, accounting for 37 and 25 percent of the birds, respectively. Remaining individuals were almost evenly divided between the hummocks and pond edge. Census results show that the wetland provides valuable habitat for birds, especially waterfowl, and highlights the importance of providing open water and loafing areas in wetlands designed to provide avian habitat. Future research will include analyzing the data to determine avian nutrient and bacterial contribution to the wetland.

Clark's Grebe / Photo: Martin Meyers

Clark's Grebe / Photo: Martin Meyers