Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Latest news

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:

Satellite telemetry in ornithology is a forum which started in October 2001 and has 518 members now (August 2015). There have been up to 93 messages in a month.

Latest blog entries

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

Irith Aloni, Shai Markman and Yaron Ziv 2017. February precipitation in the wintering grounds of the lesser whitethroat, Sylvia curruca: is it a cue for migration onset? Royal Society Open Science View online

Derek B. Spitz, Mark Hebblewhite and Thomas R. Stephenson 2017. 'MigrateR': extending model-driven methods for classifying and quantifying animal movement behavior Ecography View online

Marc Bulte, Dominik Heyers, Henrik Mouritsen and Franz Bairlein 2017. Geomagnetic information modulates nocturnal migratory restlessness but not fueling in a long distance migratory songbird Journal of Avian Biology View online

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/
MigrantLandbird Update on the Nigerian Bird Atlas here: https://t.co/vNzX1e1sA9 Want to be involved or got a project you'd like to advertise? Let us know!
MigrantLandbird New paper by @Kasper_Thorup et al #Migrant #birds #track seasonal changes in food availability https://t.co/n1QD4Dc0Oe @Macroecology