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Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society

Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

Animal Behavior & Conservation

The Animal Behavior Society's Education Committee was formed to promote quality instruction and training in the area of animal behavior.

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.

Richard Buchholz
What Is Conservatuion Behavior?

Bruce Schulte
How Do You Do Conservation Behavior

Misty McPhee
How To Make Connections With Conservation Practitioners
Subtopic: Whooping Crane Case Study

William Sutherland
Conservation Evidence

Bradley Blackwell
Behavioral Research To Migrate Avian Mortality At Solar Energy Facilities