Revised: April 10, 2020

Juneau Audubon Society

P.O. Box 21725

Juneau, AK 99802-1725

16th Alaska Bird Conference

Juneau, Alaska

December 9 - 11, 2014


Every two years, researchers and managers convene to report on all aspects of bird biology, management and conservation in Alaska.  Juneau Audubon Society is pleased to host the 16th Alaska Bird Conference at the Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska.  Also on December 9, we will host side meetings of Boreal Partners in Flight, Alaska Shorebird Group, and Alaska Raptor Group.

Special Keynote Address:

Capturing the Lives of Beringian Birds
A multimedia tour through the lens of Cornell Lab photographer/cinematographer Gerrit Vyn

Gerrit Vyn, Wildlife Photographer

Photograph Gerrit Vyn.

  Conference Program: Click Here

  Conference Abstracts: Click Here  (Large zip file; abstracts are Word .doc documents by last name of primary author; see Conference Program)

  Conference Website:

The 2014 conference was hosted by Juneau Audubon Society and Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau with the active help of a hard-working organizing committee, scientific program committee, and awards committee.


by Brenda Wright

The 16th Alaska Bird Conference was held in Juneau, December 9-11, 2014. There were over 40 scientific papers and 20 posters presented at the conference. The conference drew more than 100 students, scientists, educators, and researchers from across the state and the Pacific coast. Included in the conference sessions were climate change, breeding ecology, disease/contaminants, foraging ecology, movement ecology, and populations and distributions.

If you go to the web page:, you can see the full program and also get the abstracts.  A special fund raising event by Juneau Audubon, Audubon Anchorage, and ADF&G enabled us to film the keynote speaker, Gerrit Vyn, for 360 North. If you would like to see this presentation you can enjoy it online at (You may have to wait for an update on the site, the presentation would not open for me).

A special thanks to the local organizing committee: Anne Sutton, Kelly Nesvacil, Mike Goldstein, and Brenda Wright. The scientific committee reviewed all the abstract submissions and made the schedule of talks, ring leaders were John Pearce, Julie Hagelin, Abby Powell, Debbi Nigro, and Steve Lewis. And also a special thank you to the sponsors for the donations of time, money, and effort: US Forest Service, ADF&G, Audubon Alaska, North Pacific Research Board, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, ABR, Inc., Juneau Audubon Society, and St. Hubert Research Group



“Capturing the Lives of Beringian Birds” by Gerrit Vyn available online


The keynote presentation of the 2014 Alaska Bird Conference, “Capturing the Lives of Beringian Birds”, may be viewed on-line at any time on  Gerrit Vyn had fascinating video of rare birds and bird calls.


Special Keynote Address

Capturing the Lives of Beringian Birds

A multimedia tour through the lens of Cornell Lab photographer/cinematographer Gerrit Vyn

Gerrit Vyn, Wildlife Photographer

Gerrit Vyn also had some very serious news about our birds that need to stopover in the Yellow Sea to complete their migrations. China has filled 65% of the tidal wetlands since 1950. They are using the 'flat' lands to build new cities. They got the technology from the US and the Netherlands.

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