World Seabird Conference

First day at Cape Town. Table Mountain partially covered by clouds - ©HeidiAcampora

First day at Cape Town. Table Mountain partially covered by clouds – ©HeidiAcampora

This last October I’ve had the chance to attend the 2nd World Seabird Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. I was scheduled to give a talk about the Republic of Ireland Beached Bird Survey (RIBBS) and how to use stranding events and wrecks to monitor for marine litter in seabirds as a mean to comply with marine policy. The title of my presentation was “Assessing the Utility of Seabird Wrecks for Plastic Debris Monitoring”. This was placed in a Symposia within the conference focused on ‘The Impacts of Marine Debris on Seabirds’.

Apart from giving a presentation, I thoroughly enjoyed this conference very much. For a whole week, 562 delegates from 52 different countries have gathered to present, discuss and learn more about seabird focused research around the world. It was exciting to see all these amazing things people have been working on and studying across the globe!

Along  with the Marine Debris sessions, I very much enjoyed the sessions about ‘Diet Monitoring’, ‘Food and Foraging Areas’ and ‘Seabirds as Indicators of Ocean Health’, this last one being my favorite. All of these have added insights and bits of knowledge for my personal research. But it was also very nice to learn new things about different and endemic species from South Africa, for example. We have all enjoyed the African penguin and Cape Gannets talks for sure 🙂

All in all, it was an amazing week and I came back a little wrecked, but also charged with enthusiasm about doing amazing seabird things 🙂 I also managed to enjoy the beautiful views of Cape Town and its amazing wildlife. Photos will speak for themselves!

If you are interested in having a look at the conference program, it is available for download here.

If you would like to keep an eye on the website for future conferences, click here.

There was also a very cool video made by researchers around the world giving a quick summary on their work in their own countries. You can view it here.

Camps Bay looking mighty – ©HeidiAcampora

This is how Cape Town looks like from the top of Table Mountain - ©HeidiAcampora

This is how Cape Town looks like from the top of Table Mountain – ©HeidiAcampora

You all know I love puffins :)

Let the conference begin! You all know I love puffins 🙂 – ©HeidiAcampora

Yours truly presenting at a very big and intimidating auditorium - ©AlejandroSotillo

Yours truly presenting at a very big and intimidating auditorium – ©AlejandroSotillo

African penguins enjoy the day at the beach as you should - ©HeidiAcampora

African penguins enjoy the day at the beach as you should – ©HeidiAcampora

We ran into baboons on our way to Cape of Good Hope - ©HeidiAcampora

We ran into baboons on our way to Cape of Good Hope – ©HeidiAcampora

It's hard to resist baby baboons! - ©HeidiAcampora

It’s hard to resist baby baboons! – ©HeidiAcampora

Beautiful walk to the Cape of Good Hope - ©HeidiAcampora

Beautiful walk to the Cape of Good Hope – ©HeidiAcampora

And then there was a true seabird meeting! - ©HeidiAcampora

And then there was a true seabird meeting! – ©HeidiAcampora

And then elephants - ©HeidiAcampora

And then elephants – ©HeidiAcampora

... and then zebras - ©HeidiAcampora

… and then zebras – ©HeidiAcampora

... and giraffes - ©HeidiAcampora

… and giraffes – ©HeidiAcampora

And finally, some seabird nerds road tripping 😉 – ©HeidiAcampora

Thanks to everyone who makes my PhD research possible.

Heidi Acampora