Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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Following up on the successful MLSG symposia at EOU2015 in Badajoz and PAOC2016 in Dakar, we are ready for another dose of inspiring community-building preceding EOU2017 in Turku from August 17th-18th.

In support of the upcoming Pan-African Ornithological Congress (16-21 October, PAOC), the current issue of Journal of African Ecology can be freely accessed by following the next steps:

We are deeply honoured and very pleased to announce that Professor Ian Newton OBE FRS FRSE has agreed to take up the role as President of the MLSG. In his own words:

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The 14th Pan-African Ornithological Congress took place in Dakar, Senegal in October. There was inevitably a lot of scientific interest and discussion about migratory landbirds and the MLSG was involved in a lot of this.

Each year billions of birds migrate between their breeding sites in Europe and non-breeding sites in Africa. The migratory life-style allows them to make optimal use of seasonal changes in food. But how flexible is this migratory life-style when environments are rapidly changing? Can they change their timing and movement decisions to keep track of advancements in peak-food availability during breeding as a result of climate warming?

Recent publications

Johan Bäckman, Arne Andersson, Lykke Pedersen, Sissel Sjöberg, Anders P. Tøttrup and Thomas Alerstam 2017. Actogram analysis of free-flying migratory birds: new perspectives based on acceleration logging Journal of Comparative Physiology A View online

Heiko Schmaljohann, Cas Eikenaar 2017. How do energy stores and changes in these affect departure decisions by migratory birds? A critical view on stopover ecology studies and some future perspectives Journal of Comparative Physiology A View online

Iben H. Sørensen, Almut E. Schlaich, Raymond H. G. Klaassen, Henning Heldbjerg, Ben J. Koks 2017. Rare case of an adult male Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus over-summering in West Africa, as revealed by GPS tracking Journal of Ornithology View online

MigrantLandbird The #MLSG #newsletter 2016-2017 is now available here: https://t.co/f68s9t6CXX We hope you will enjoy reading it.
MigrantLandbird Do you have an idea for a workshop or group discussion at the #MLSG #Symposium at #EOU2017? Get in contact with us: https://t.co/yRgHxEqE3B
MigrantLandbird Please note: Deadline for travel grant applications for #MLSG #symposium at #EOU2017 has been advanced to March 15! https://t.co/o6nnE9M9Nb
MigrantLandbird A warm-hearted thanks to Thomas Alerstam, for his contribution to the field of #bird #migration. @HedenstrmAnders https://t.co/fAQRScPw4E
MigrantLandbird MLSG ExCo Meeting - NL, UK, US, SA & DK united - Trying to Make an Example of Collaborations Across Flyways...;) https://t.co/LLyLip1KnG
MigrantLandbird RT @_SamanthaFranks: Work in #ecology? Need a job in #ornithology? @_BTO is recruiting a Research Ecologist, deadline FEB 15 https://t.co/