The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG)
The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) is a society of professional seabird researchers and managers dedicated to the study and conservation of seabirds. PSG was formed in 1972 out of a need for increased communication among academic and government seabird researchers.
The principal goals of PSG are (1) to increase the quality and quantity of seabird research through facilitating exchange of information and (2) to identify and assess the importance of threats to seabird populations and provide government agencies and others with expert advice on managing the threats and populations.
PSG members are delegates to several other ornithological organisations:
- Agreement on the Conservation of Albatross and Petrels (ACAP)
- American Bird Conservancy
- Ornithological Council, and
- World Seabird Union (WSU).
PSG members include biologists, wildlife managers, post-docs, students and conservation biologists from 16 countries including the United States, Mexico, Canada and Japan. PSG annual meetings and publications provide forums where members can share their findings on all research topics related to Pacific seabirds, and discuss local and large scale conservation issues. The Executive Council guides the organisation and makes decisions regarding operations. The Executive Council has 15 members including 6 Officers, a Student Representative and 8 Regional Representatives.
Their Concern is Seabirds
The interest and concern of the Pacific Seabird Group encompasses millions of birds from more than 275 species, all related by their dependence on the ocean environment. Seabirds in the Pacific Ocean represent 23 families of birds, with widely divergent natural history characteristics and concerns on the colony and at sea. Some species are astonishingly numerous with broad distributions while others are uncommon and occur only in restricted areas. PSG members work hard to increase their collective knowledge of Pacific seabirds, to understand ecosystem dynamics at both small- and large-scales, to address climate change impacts on seabirds, and to identify and address threats from human development and activitiesSee more