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7th Annual California Coastal Wildlife Disturbance Symposium

Date and time: Tuesday, November 9: 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM PST, and Wednesday, November 10: 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM PST

Location: Virtual

Special Activity: Blue Ocean Whale Watch is offering a 20% discount to attendees for a 9:00 AM tour on Saturday, November 13. Registered attendees will receive a discount code.

Registration Fee*: Early Bird, $15, After 12PM (noon) on October 1, $25. Free to students and seasonal employees with coupon code

*The fees charged for this event are used to cover event-related expenses and support Respect Wildlife projects. 

Maximum Number of Participants: 500

Registration is open!

Join the movement to reduce human disturbance to coastal and marine wildlife. Sign up for the 7th Annual California Coastal Wildlife Disturbance Symposium and collaborate for the conservation of coastal wildlife.

At this unique gathering of wildlife professionals and enthusiasts, you will learn about the latest efforts to mitigate human-caused disturbance to an array of coastal species, workshop real-world issues, and network with people from agencies and organizations throughout the state and beyond who are working to protect coastal wildlife.

The goal of this symposium is to maximize our shared efforts to mitigate human-caused disturbance to coastal wildlife. In this setting, we will work together to foster agreement on common strategies and messaging, create a forum to share  ideas, celebrate innovation, and support collaboration. By sharing knowledge and pooling resources, we can make our jobs easier and our efforts more successful! 

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Highlights of this symposium include:

  • Exciting guest speakers (view and print this year's agenda)
  • Current wildlife disturbance-related efforts across taxa
  • Innovative strategies and techniques for mitigating wildlife disturbance
  • Networking opportunities with a diverse group of wildlife professionals
  • Virtual poster and graphics gallery
  • Hot issue workshop sessions (real-world wildlife disturbance issues)

Workshop 1: Interpretation to Address Wildlife Issues  with Jim Covel

Under Jim's expert guidance, discuss how to keep your cool under pressure when people disturb wildlife, how to keep a positive attitude and balanced perspective when people challenge you, and key techniques for framing effective messaging in a relatable way for any visitor.

Workshop 2: Social Media and Wildlife Disturbance panel and brainstorming session

Bring your case studies, stories, and questions about the impacts of social media on wildlife to the discussion table. Work with a panel of media specialists from Gigantic Idea Studio, California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA, and California State Parks on solutions and best practices.

Share your work in our virtual gallery! If you have wildlife disturbance-related science or media you would like to share, send Gena an email or post to our Padlet for this event!

The agenda is set! View or download a printable version here.

This is a Respect Wildlife event. This California statewide multi-entity partnership has a mission is to define, establish, and instill a norm of responsible behavior in the presence of marine wildlife.

Learn more about this collaborative program at respect-wildlife.org

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Questions? Contact . We look forward to seeing you!


Event Details

Event Date 11-09-2021 8:30 am
Event End Date 11-10-2021 12:15 pm
Registration Start Date 09-01-2021
Available place 401
Cut off date 11-09-2021 11:00 pm
Individual Price $25.00

We are no longer accepting registration for this event