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NADS7 Post-Conference Survey

Thank you all so much for attending the 7th North American Duck Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland – the first ever NADS held in the Atlantic Flyway!
Please take a few minutes to complete the Post-conference Survey for NADS7 - it should take less than 5 minutes of your time.  Our deadline for responses is March 31st!
As you may remember, Laborde et al. (2014) published the results from the 2013 NADS6/ECNAW Post Conference Survey in a Wildfowl Special Issue 4:512-519, Assessment of the 6th North American Duck Symposium (2013): “Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl.” View the paper or results here.
We feel that NADS7 was a tremendous success due in part to your participation, inspirational talks, and innovative research. We are especially grateful to our sponsors; we could not do it without you!  
We are also pleased to announce that NADS8 will be in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the fall of 2019! With your help and feedback, we can make NADS8 even better than its predecessors with your evaluations and recommendations.




Dear NADS attendees:

As part of a special session on Wednesday morning on "Strengthening the Links Between Waterfowl Research and Management", organized by Tony Roberts, we are presenting a paper on the Challenges and Opportunities of Applied Research in Academic Institutions.  As we have been preparing this talk, we realized that there is a wide range of opinions, and a paucity of data. Accordingly, we thought it might be informative to survey the NADS audience for your perspective. To do so, we have developed 2 short surveys using Google Forms.

The first "Muddy Boots and Ivory Towers” addresses some of the main questions we will explore in our talk, regarding the concern that there has been erosion in the capacity to conduct applied waterfowl research in academic institutions. It comprises 22 multiple choice, check-box questions. It should not take more than 5-10 minutes.

The second shorter survey is intended to gain a broader sense of how we value research and the need for research in specific areas. It comprises 12 questions. Should take about 5 minutes.

These are all unofficial and intended only to provide some audience feedback for the session.  However, if this proves interesting and useful, we are considering a more formal and systematic survey in the future. The survey is anonymous , we don’t ask personal questions (other than your general affiliation/position) and you are free to answer any or none of the questions.  We will be happy to share the results (as a general summary).

We will accept responses throughout the conference, but will need to have any responses that could be included in the talk by Tuesday afternoon.

The links are below. Please let us know if you run into problems (jmeadie@ucdavis.edu).

We hope you have a chance to take the two surveys and find them interesting.


Survey 1. Muddy Boots and Ivory Towers



Survey 2. The Value of Waterfowl Research



Thanks for your feedback.

John Eadie, David Koons, Todd Arnold, Bart Ballard, Robert Clark, Scott McWilliams, Anthony Roberts, & Chris Williams 


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