Animal Behavior & Conservation
ABS Conservation Workshops
Every other year, the Animal Behavior Society Conservation Committee (ABS-CC) holds a one-day workshop the day before talks begin at the annual ABS conference. These workshops are aimed at applying behavioral theory and research to solving real-world conservation problems. For the 2013, 2015, and 2017 workshops, we invited 3-4 speakers who presented diverse conservation problems for which a behavioral approach were likely to facilitate solutions, including conflict with bears and coyotes in urban areas, conflict with birds at airports, recreation effects on ungulates and insects, and human disturbance on walruses.
For 2019, we focused on one topic - Implications of Solar Power on Wildlife Conservation - and to bring in several speakers to address this topic from varying perspectives. As in previous workshops, we gathered information about the topic for dissemination to workshop participants prior to the workshop, and in addition, we've created videos covering the fundamentals of conservation behavior, which were recorded at ABS 2018 or remotely in order to further prepare participants.