• Photo by Stephen Coleman
  • Photo by Stephen Coleman

Public Presentations

CCB shares research findings with the public

Public education and the dissemination of research findings are vital components of CCB’s conservation mission.  CCB staff present papers to scientific meetings, give presentations to public forums, and offer the opportunity for the public to go along on field trips to selected research projects.  We consider direct interaction with the public and research community to be an important opportunity to share research findings.


Wilson, M. D. 2014. Black Rail Status on the Atlantic Coast and the 2014 North Carolina Survey Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Waterbird Management Committee. Hammocks Beach, NC.

Carlisle, J., J. Pollock, H. Ware, L. Urban, and F. Smith 2014. Using satellite telemetry to study Idaho-breeding long-billed curlews Idaho Chaptor of The Wildlife Society. Boise, ID.

Lukei, R. F. Jr. 2014. Update on Bald Eagle and Osprey Research Back Bay Restoration Foundation. Virginia Beach, VA.

Mojica, E. K. 2014. Mid-Atlantic Golden Eagles: the outliers Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group. Davis, WV.

Watts, B. D. 2013. Conservation limits and opportunities along the lower Delmarva Peninsula Southern Tip Partnership Meeting, Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. Cape Charles, VA.

Wilson, M. D. 2013. Status Assessment and Conservation of the eastern Black Rail Workshop conducted at the Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge, Nov. 12-14. Savannah, GA.

Mojica, E. K., M. A. Galmes, B. J. Paxton, B. D. Watts, J. H. Sarasola, J. M. Grande. 2013. Post-dispersal Movements and Juvenile Survival of the Solitary Crowned Eagle Harpyhaliaetus coronatus in Central Argentina. Annual meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation. Bariloche, Argentina.

Wilson, M. D. 2013. Status Assessment and Conservation of the eastern Black Rail Workshop conducted at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Sept. 10-11. Milton, DE.

Watts, B. D. 2013. Tracking Whimbrel: Moving Toward Full Life Cycle Conservation of a Migratory Shorebird – Keynote Address 19th Regional Meeting of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds. True Blue, Grenada.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, E. J. Mojica, J. Rausch, L. Pirie, T. Keyes, B. Truitt, and B. Winn. 2013. A Newly Discovered Migration Route for the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) Wilson Ornithological Society Annual Meeting. Williamsburg, VA.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, E. J. Mojica, J. Rausch, L. Pirie, B. Winn, T. Keyes, B. Truitt. 2013. Life Cycle Analysis of Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) Using the Atlantic Flyway Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group (Meeting V). Santa Marta, Colombia.

Smith, F. M. 2013. Whimbrel Satellite Tracking and Migration Ecology Nuttall Ornithological Group. Cambridge, MA.

Wilson, M. D. 2012. Improving Landscapes for Early Successional Birds Grassland and Shrubland Bird Symposium. Front Royal, VA.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, B. B. Clontz, B. van Eerden.  2012.  Red-cockaded Woodpecker management and recovery at the Piney Grove Preserve, Sussex County, Virginia.  Natural Areas Conference.  Norfolk, VA.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, E. K. Mojica, T. Keyes, B. Truitt, and B. Winn.  2012.  Whimbrel Migration and Threats.  Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and Management Workshop.  Winnie, TX.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, D. F. Brinker.  2012.  Black Rail Imperilment on the Atlantic Coast.  Natural Areas Conference.  Norfolk, VA.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, E. K. Mojica, T. Keyes, B. Truitt, and B. Winn.  2012.  The impact of major weather events on migrating whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus).  Avian and Marine Tracking Conference.  Baltimore, MD.

Mojica, E. K. and B. D. Watts.  2012.  Tracking bald eagles in the Chesapeake Bay: Nests, Roosts and concentration areas.  Avian and Marine Tracking Conference.  Baltimore, MD.

Mojica, E. K.  2012.  Transmitter Harness Design: Planning, Creation, Attachment, Assessment.  Avian and Marine Tracking Conference.  Baltimore, MD.

Watts, B. D. 2012. Adventures with whimbrel, Keynote address. Kentucky Ornithological Society Annual Meeting. Land Between the Lakes, KY.

Watts, B. D. and B. R. Truitt.  2011.  Conservation in conflict: The impact of nesting peregrine falcons on the distribution of migrant red knots along the Virginia Barrier Islands.  Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting.  Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, B. R. Truitt, B. Winn, and T. Keyes.  2011.  Satellite tracking and migration ecology of the whimbrel.  Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting.  Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Dey, A. D., L. J. Niles, H. P. Sitters, K. Kalasz, R. I. G. Morrison, and B. D. Watts.  2011.  Update to the status of the red knot Calidris canutus in the western hemisphere, April 2011.  Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting.  Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, D.F. Brinker, and F. M. Smith.  2011.  Black rail status and threats along the Atlantic Coast.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Annapolis, MD.

Watts, B. D.  2011.  Developing a theoretical framework for assessing hazard impacts to waterbirds, Invited lecture.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Meeting.  Baltimore, MD.

Watts, B. D.  2011.  Offshore wind development within the Atlantic Basin: Potential impacts to seabirds, Invited keynote address.  Atlantic Flyway Council Annual Meeting.  Portland, ME.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, B. R. Tuitt, and B. Winn.  2011.  Tracking migratory whimbrel using satellite transmitters.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Annapolis, MD.

Lingenfelser, S., F. Smith, and D. Major. 2011.  Mercury on national wildlife refuges as a threat to long-term viability of saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrows in the face of climate induced sea level rise.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 5 Environmental Conference. Hadley, MA.

Martell, M., E.K. Mojica, S.Mehus.  2011.  Tracking Golden Eagle Migration on the Geographic Outskirts of the Eastern North American Population.  Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference.  Duluth, MN.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, and A. E. Duerr.  2011.  Population dynamics of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) in Virginia during spring migration.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Annapolis, MD.

Watts, B. D. and E. K. Mojica.  2010.  Tracking eagles on Aberdeen Proving Ground.  Eagle task force meeting.  Edgewood, MD.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, D. F. Brinker, and F. M. Smith.  2010.  Black rail status and threats along the Atlantic Coast.  Power of Partnerships: Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts.  2010.  Potential impact of sea-level rise on marsh birds of the Chesapeake Bay Region.  Power of Partnerships: Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, B. Truitt, E. K. Mojica, B. Winn, and T. Keyes.  2010.  Satellite tracking and migration ecology of whimbrel.  Power of Partnerships: Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, D. S. Bradshaw, and C. Eberly.  2010.  Waterbird research and conservation within the upper Bay of Panama: The role of DOD.  National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Meeting.  Milwaukee, WI.

Mojica, E.K.  2010.  Golden Eagles on the coastal plain of the mid-Atlantic.  Eastern Golden Eagle Technical Working Group.  Hawk Mountain, PA.

Watts, B. D.  2010.  Eagle economics: Estimating the social burden of bald eagle recovery in the lower Chesapeake Bay.  Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference, symposium on raptors and humans.  Fort Collins, CO.

DiGiorgio, J., Y. B. DiGiorgio, and B. D. Watts.  2010.  Documentation of a four-chick bald eagle brood fledged along the Delaware River, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference.  Fort Collins, CO.

Watts, B. D.  2010.  Conservation lands, species refugia and the limits of social penetration.  Power of Partnerships: Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA.

Smith, F. M. and B. D. Watts.  2010.  Winter distribution of the sharp-tailed sparrow complex in Virginia.  Power of Partnerships: Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA.

Smith, F. M.  2010.  Migration ecology of satellite tagged whimbrels.  Power of Partnerships Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast, poster presentation.  Plymouth, MA.

Watts, B. D. and E. K. Mojica.  2010.  Use of GPS-Satellite Transmitters to Inform Management of Bald Eagle Roosts within the Upper Chesapeake Bay, USA.  Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting.  Fort Collins, CO.

Smith, F. M.  2010.  Winter Distribution of the Sharp-tailed Sparrow Complex in Virginia.  Power of Partnerships Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA.

Watts, B. D.  2010.  Waterbirds and Wind: Establishing sustainable limits on the incidental mortality for seabirds within the western Atlantic Basin.  1st World Seabird Conference.  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Watts, B. D., B. R. Truitt (TNC), F. M. Smith, E. K. Mojica, B. J. Paxton, A. L. Wilke (TNC), and A. E. Duerr.  2010.  Whimbrel tracked with satellite transmitter on migratory flight across North America.  33rd Annual Meeting of The Waterbird Society.

Wilson, M. D.  2010.  Black Rail Status and Threats along the Atlantic Coast.  Power of Partnerships Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA.

Wilson, M. D.  2010.  Impact of Sea-level Rise on Marshbirds.  Power of Partnerships Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast.  Plymouth, MA.

Mojica, E. K.  2010.  Birds of the York River and Chesapeake Bay.  York River and Small Coastal Basin Roundtable.  Hanover, VA.

Mojica, E.K.  2009.  Peregrine Falcons: Reintroduction and Management in Virginia.  Virginia Coast Avian Partnership Annual Meeting.  Oyster, VA.

Watts, B. D., A. E. Duerr, and F. M. Smith.  2009.  Movement of red knots between two spring staging areas in the mid-Atlantic: Delaware Bay and the Virginia Barrier Islands.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Cape May, NJ.

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts.  2009.  Projected impacts of sea-level rise on the population size of salt-marsh breeding birds within the Chesapeake Bay region.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Cape May, NJ.

Watts, B. D. and B. R. Truitt.  2009.  Conservation in conflict: The impact of nesting peregrine falcons on the distribution of migrant red knots along the Virginia Barrier Islands.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Annapolis, MD.

Watts, B. D.  2009.  Eagle economics: The role of market pressure on the loss of bald eagle habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.  Northeast Region Meeting of FWS Biologists, invited lecture.  Virginia Beach, VA.

Watts, B. D., B. R. Truitt, F. M. Smith, E. K. Mojica, B. J. Paxton, A. L. Wilke, and A. E. Duerr.  2009.  Spring stopover ecology of Whimbrel along the Delmarva Peninsula of Virginia.  4th Meeting of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group.  Mazatlan, MX.

Mojica, E. K. and B. D. Watts.  2009.  Identification of bald eagle communal roosts using satellite telemetry.  MTI Bird and Fish Tracking Conference.  Ellicott City, MD.

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts.  2009.  Status monitoring of a color-banded population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia.  Eastern Bird Banding Association Annual Meeting.  Chincoteague, VA.

Watts, B. D., B. R. Truitt, F. M. Smith, E. K. Mojica, B. J. Paxton, A. L. Wilke, and A. E. Duerr.  2009.  Satellite tracking and migration ecology of the Whimbrel.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Cape May, NJ.

Fraser, J. D., J. B. Cohen, S. M. Karpanty, B. R. Truitt, and B. D. Watts.  2009.  Red knot spring stopover ecology in Virginia.  3rd Meeting of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group.  Mazatlan, MX.

Watts, B. D.  2008.  Bald Eagle-human conflicts in the Chesapeake Bay: Environmental policy, landscape structure, and market pressures.  International Association of Landscape Ecologists, invited paper for Sources and Sinks symposium.  Madison, WI.

Watts, B. D., B. R. Truitt, F. M. Smith, E. K. Mojica, B. J. Paxton, A. L. Wilke, and A. E. Duerr.  2008.  Whimbrel tracked with satellite transmitter on migratory flight across North America.  Waterbird Society Meeting.  Padre Island, TX.

Mojica, E. K. and B. D. Watts.  2008.  Movements of Bald and Golden Eagles in the Chesapeake Bay, USA.  Argos User’s Conference.  Annapolis, MD.

Paxton, B. J.  2008.  Impact of Common Reed Expansion on High-Marsh Bird Communities, and prioritizing treatment strategies for the preservation and reclamation of habitat for high marsh birds.  Virginia Phragmites Managers workshop.  Gloucester, VA.

Mojica, E. K. and B. D. Watts.  2008.  Coming home to roost: Active bald eagle nests within communal roosts in the Chesapeake Bay.  Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference.  Missoula, MT.

Cohen, J. B., J. D. Fraser, S. M. Karpanty , B. D. Watts, and B. R. Truitt.  2008.  Red knot stopover ecology in the Delaware Bay and Virginia, Part 2,   2005-2007.  Shorebird Technical Committee, presented paper.  Philadelphia, PA.

Erwin, R. M., B. D. Watts, B. Williams, and D. F. Brinker.  2008.  Paradox of populations and pollution: The enigma of Chesapeake region waterbirds.  American Ornithologists’ Union Annual Meeting.  Portland, OR.

Glass, K. A. and B. D. Watts.  2008.  Influence of diet on Osprey population dynamics.  American Ornithologists’ Union Annual Meeting.  Portland, OR.

Watts, B. D.  2008.  Osprey within the Chesapeake Bay: Ecological shifts within a changing estuary.  American Ornithologists’ Union Annual Meeting, invited paper for a symposium.  Portland, OR.

Watts, B. D.  2008.  The importance of bald eagle concentration areas within the Chesapeake Bay to breeding populations along the Atlantic Coast: Implications of development pressures.  Atlantic Coast Joint Ventures Management Board Meeting.  Princeton, NJ.

Larsen, E. A. and B. D. Watts.  2007.  The impacts of urbanizing landscapes on avian diversity in the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain: the role of avian dietary guild.  Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.  San Jose, CA.

Mabey, S. M, B. D. Watts, B. J. Paxton, F. M. Smith, B. R. Truitt, and D. Dawson.  2007.  Characterizing stopover sites of migrating passerine birds in the lower Chesapeake Bay region for conservation: an integrated radar-habitat study.  American Ornithological Union Annual Meeting.

Glass, K. A. and B. D. Watts. 2007. Osprey foraging ecology and population dynamics. Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Meeting. Williamsburg, VA.

Larsen, E. A. and B. D. Watts. 2007. The influence of diet on bird diversity in urbanizing landscapes. Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Meeting. Stratford Hall, VA.

Watts, B. D. 2007. Our conservation legacy, Keynote address. Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Meeting. Stratford Hall, VA.

Markham, A. C. and B. D. Watts .  2006.  The influence of salinity on nestling provisioning and growth in Bald Eagles in the lower Chesapeake Bay.  Eastern Bird Banding Association Annual Meeting.  Bethlehem, PA.

Cooper, J. L. and B. D. Watts.  2006.  Use and Importance of Chesapeake Bay Winter and Summer Bald Eagle Concentration Areas.  Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting.  Norfolk, VA.

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts.  2006.  Resolving habitat classification and structure using aerial photography.  National Conservation Design Meeting.  St. Louis, MO.

Watts, B. D.  2006.  Key Note Address – Objectives and Challenges of Goal-oriented Landscape Design.  National Conservation Design Meeting.  St. Louis, MO.

Wilson, M. D. and B. D. Watts.  2006.  The constraints of urbanization on population goals.  National Conservation Design Meeting.  St. Louis, MO.