Welcome to this third circular for the 10th International Penguin Conference being held in Dunedin, New Zealand 24-28 August 2019.
This circular contains information about the registrations, field trips, and conference dinner. Further information will be added to our website as it is confirmed.
The conference registration fee structure will be announced and open in early 2019. Early bird registrations will close on 24 May 2019.
Pre-conference field trip with the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
On Friday 23rd August, the Trust will host a field trip to Otapahi Reserve (Otago Peninsula) where you can view their conservation effort, and with a bit of luck, see a yellow-eyed penguin | hoiho. It is early in hoiho breeding season when partnerships are forming, so we are hopeful there will be birds to view. This trip will depart Dunedin early in the morning, so you need to consider your travel arrival time the previous day. Numbers will be strictly limited and costs are to be confirmed.
Mid-conference trip – Little Penguin Colony Oamaru
During the conference, there will be an optional excursion by train to the town of Oamaru to see little penguins. The field trip will occur during the afternoon of Monday 26 August and will visit the historic area of Oamaru and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. Oamaru is a town renowned for Victorian architecture, and the historic area has beautiful heritage buildings that house a variety of galleries, shops, and new and traditional crafts. Participants on the field trip will have time to explore the town before attending the nightly viewing of the little penguins as they return ashore to Colony. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is Oamaru’s largest tourist attraction and is the home to nearly 200 breeding pairs. The train will return participants to Dunedin in the evening after the viewing.
Post-conference weekend trip – Fiordland penguins/tawaki in Milford Sound
We are currently negotiating with a tour operator in Milford Sound to organize an overnight trip to Milford Sound on the weekend following the conference. Milford Sound is a fiord that is known for towering Mitre Peak, rainforests clinging to almost vertical mountain flanks and hundreds of waterfalls, which plummet down its sheer sides (if it rains). The fiord is home to the enigmatic Fiordland penguin/tawaki (http://www.tawaki-project.org). Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offer views of rare black coral and other marine life (https://bit.ly/2PwtzLi).
The plan is to arrive in the fjord in the afternoon of the Thursday following the conference (29 August). We will then embark on a special cruise of Milford Sound with opportunities to observe Fiordland penguins/tawaki at their landing sites. Also included will be a visit to the Discovery Centre the opportunity to sea kayak in Harrison Cove, and a barbecue on the cruise boat sun deck. Overnight opportunities can be organized either in Milford Sound or in Te Anau. Cost for the trip has yet to be confirmed.
To help us organize this trip, it would be fantastic if you could complete a quick survey if you are interested in joining us on this amazing trip. You can find the complete the survey at
This will be held on the last night of the conference, Tuesday 27 August at Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula.
Visit https://www.dunedinnz.com for everything you want to know about Dunedin including accommodation options.
There is also a large number of AirBNB option available; visit https://bit.ly/2Q2Hc23.
INVITATIONS TO PROPOSE WORKSHOPS
For those delegates who are wanting to host conference workshops, please could you contact firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Workshop Proposal” in the subject line
Local organizing committee:
Lloyd S Davis, Phil Seddon, Yolanda van Heezik (University of Otago)
Thomas Mattern (University of Otago/Global Penguin Society)
Bruce McKinlay (Department of Conservation)
Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
Philippa Agnew (Oamaru Penguin Colony)
Hoani Langsbury (Pukekura Trust)
International Scientific Committee:
Peter Barham (University of Bristol)
Dee Boersma (University of Washington)
Pablo Garcia Borboroglu (Global Penguin Society, CONICET)
Lloyd Davis (University of Otago)
Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
Phil Trathan (British Antarctic Survey)
Heather Urquhart (New England Aquarium)
Lauren Waller (Leiden Conservation Fellow, SANCCOB)
There is much to look forward too, so book out your diaries now with the dates 24 – 28 August 2019!