Monday, 10th July 12th International Mammalogical Congress

8:00AM - 9:00AM
Riverside Theatre Foyer
8:15AM - 8:30AM
Meeting Room 1/2
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Riverside Theatre
Chair: Roberta Bencini
10:00AM - 10:30AM
Riverside Theatre Foyer
10:30AM - 12:10PM
River View Room 5
Chair: William McShea

PART 1 of 2

Organisers:

William McShea, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Roland Kays, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Patrick Jansen, Wageningen University and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Estimated length: 3 hours

Overview

The use of camera-traps to detect mammals has evolved into a major tool for mammal ecologists. This workshop would cover the logistics of designing and conducting a large scale project based around camera trap images. The organizers are leaders of a major wildlife image repository (> 5 million images) mostly collected by citizen scientists trained, managed, and retained through a web portal (emammal.org).  Besides the primary research aim of each project, there is a shared data standard that allows temporal and spatial comparisons across projects. The data are accessible to the general public and science curriculum is based around both camera trapping and data analysis. The organizers would review relevant topics to setting up and conducting a large-scale project, the data and volunteer management, and use and analysis of the data. Participants will be trained in the eMammal software and R scripts set up for analysis.

Topics include:  Utility of camera trapping; important considerations in camera selection and study design; recruitment and retention of volunteers; camera trapping as an education tool to teach science concepts and to connect students to nature; project organization; data management; data standards, rights and permissions; data analysis appropriate for occurrence data; use of eMammal desktop and expert review applications; future needs.

12:10PM - 1:10PM
Riverside Theatre Foyer
12:10PM - 1:10PM
Riverside Theatre Foyer
1:10PM - 3:10PM
River View Room 5
Chair: William McShea

Part 2 of 2

Organisers:

William McShea, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Roland Kays, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Patrick Jansen, Wageningen University and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

 

Overview

The use of camera-traps to detect mammals has evolved into a major tool for mammal ecologists. This workshop would cover the logistics of designing and conducting a large scale project based around camera trap images. The organizers are leaders of a major wildlife image repository (> 5 million images) mostly collected by citizen scientists trained, managed, and retained through a web portal (emammal.org).  Besides the primary research aim of each project, there is a shared data standard that allows temporal and spatial comparisons across projects. The data are accessible to the general public and science curriculum is based around both camera trapping and data analysis. The organizers would review relevant topics to setting up and conducting a large-scale project, the data and volunteer management, and use and analysis of the data. Participants will be trained in the eMammal software and R scripts set up for analysis.

Topics include:  Utility of camera trapping; important considerations in camera selection and study design; recruitment and retention of volunteers; camera trapping as an education tool to teach science concepts and to connect students to nature; project organization; data management; data standards, rights and permissions; data analysis appropriate for occurrence data; use of eMammal desktop and expert review applications; future needs.

3:10PM - 3:40PM
Riverside Theatre Foyer
3:40PM - 5:20PM
Meeting Room 8
Chair: Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

 

Convener: Prof Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Chair of the IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, Tubney House, Tubney OX13 5QL, UK

An informal meeting of the IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group, open to those working or interested on the biology and conservation of wild canids worldwide.

Contemporary canids are the most widely distributed family of the Carnivora, with members on every continent besides Antarctica. While most canids are widely distributed, several relatively common species are persecuted as livestock raiders.  Others have very restricted distributions and small, isolated populations. For example, Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) are restricted to a few mountain enclaves, Darwin’s foxes (Pseudalopex fulvipes) are endemic to coastal forests in southern Chile, and Sechuran foxes (P. sechurae) are restricted to the costal deserts of north Peru and south Ecuador. While more widespread and abundant, dholes (Cuon alpinus), short-eared foxes (Atelocynus microtis) and bush dogs (Speothos venaticus) are forest specialists of particular concern, due to the rapid fragmentation of their forest habitats and our insufficient understanding of their biology. An additional and increasing threat for many canids concerns the impact of domestic dogs upon their wild relatives, through disease transmission, competition and hybridization.

We will review the state of knowledge of a few selected threatened canid species, and discuss research and conservation priorities for wild canids.

5:30PM - 6:30PM
Riverside Theatre
Chair: Philip Withers