Sunday, November 20, 2016

Local conference presentations

We had a busy week for conferences in the Mariana Islands. On Monday, Haldre and our high school STEP-UP intern, Kloe Borja, presented at the Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management.  And on Tuesday at the annual Brown Treesnake (BTS) Technical Committee meeting on Guam, Haldre gave a talk on which tree species are likely to be winners or losers in Guam's forests without targeted management actions. There was a lot of excitement and optimism during the BTS meeting this year - landscape-level BTS suppression using toxicant drops is now feasible, and we are brainstorming ways to reintroduce birds and bats and restore forests on the island. Stay tuned over the next few years... it's possible that the agencies and researchers working on this problem will turn this conservation disaster into a conservation success!