Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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Conference Announcement - Migrant Birds as Indicators of Climate Change

13 - 16 December, Gdansk, Poland

Across the globe migrant birds are confronted by and adapt to climate change and effects of human development during various stages of their life cycles. Afro-Palearctic migrants can serve as indicators of the effects of climate change across Europe and in Africa. While migrant birds know no borders, their continued existence depends on international collaboration of scientists and conservationists. Therefore, we gather in Gdansk as bird researchers from Europe and Africa, to share knowledge, discuss our concerns and explore potential solutions. We aim to generate a better understanding of issues relating to the conservation of migrant birds, as well as to set up collaborative projects on migrant landbird research.

Information about the conference and the preliminary programme are presented below. We encourage participants to offer presentations for the proposed sessions, and to produce posters (in either English or Polish). We welcome suggestions, especially for offers of additional workshops or topics for discussion. Suggestions for workshops and discussion themes can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information and registration details will follow soon. Please, place these dates in your diary!

Magda Remisiewicz, Les Underhill & Wouter Vansteelant
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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:

Latest blog entries

The MLSG organised a two-day satellite symposium just before the official EOU conference earlier this year in August. We had about 70 official attendees with another 20 or so dropping in informally, particularly on the day the EOU official started. Thirty nine attendees gave presentations – short summaries of these are given below. A visual impression can be found here, more info in text below.


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By Sam Ivande, APLORI, Jos, Nigeria


I received an invitation in February 2017 by the organisers of the MLSG symposium in Turku, Finland to be one of the plenary speakers at the symposium in August 2017. Through combined funding provided by the MLSG, BirdLife Netherlands and the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), I was able to attend the symposium and the EOU conference afterwards. Although the initial title for my invited talk was on “Coordinating bird research on a national and regional scale: a West African perspective”, I thought it would be important to put this within the context of the still obvious need to develop ornithological capacity within the region.

Recent publications


Update on Publications in 2017

Herewith a list, in alphabetical order, of papers on migrant landbirds that have been published in 2017 roughly from spring until now (medio October):

Agostini N, Panuccio M, Pastorino A, et al (2017) Migration of the Western Marsh Harrier to the African wintering quarters along the Central Mediterranean flyway: a 5-year study. Avian Res 8:24. doi: 10.1186/s40657-017-0081-6

Åkesson S, Bianco G (2017) Route simulations, compass mechanisms and long-distance migration flights in birds. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sensory, Neural, Behav Physiol 203:475–490. doi: 10.1007/s00359-017-1171-y

Bennett RE, Barker Swarthout S, Bolsinger JS, et al (2017) Extreme genetic similarity does not predict non-breeding distribution of two closely related warblers. J F Ornithol 88:156–168. doi: 10.1111/jofo.12195

Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, et al (2017) Low and annually variable migratory connectivity in a long-distance migrant: Whinchats Saxicola rubetra may show a bet-hedging strategy. Ibis (Lond 1859) 159:902–918. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12509

Boelman NT, Krause JS, Sweet SK, et al (2017) Extreme spring conditions in the Arctic delay spring phenology of long-distance migratory songbirds. Oecologia 185:1–12. doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-3907-3

Brown MJ, Taylor PD (2017) Migratory blackpoll warblers (Setophaga striata) make regional-scale movements that are not oriented toward their migratory goal during fall. Mov Ecol. doi: 10.1007/s00442-004-1813-y

Buij R, Gschweng M (2017) Nocturnal Hunting by Eleonora’s Falcons Falco eleonorae on Their Breeding and Non-Breeding Grounds. Acta Ornithol 52:35–49. doi: 10.3161/00016454AO2017.52.1.004

Yismaw Alemayehu, Kiros Welegerima & Yonas Meheretu 2017. Importance of Lake Ashenge, a Small Important Bird Area in Northern Ethiopia, to Palaearctic and Other Migratory Birds African Journal of Wildlife Research View online

Adrian I. Rus, Adam E. Duerr, Tricia A. Miller, James R. Belthoff and Todd E. Katzner 2017. Counterintuitive roles of experience and weather on migratory performance The Auk View online

MigrantLandbird RT @BirdMigrLab: A dream comes true: happy and cold after 15+ years of waiting for #Icarus launch @animaltracking @Macroecology https://t.c…
MigrantLandbird RT @Lykke_Pedersen: Happy to have contributed to the field of #bird #migration and @MigrantLandbird. Has been an exciting journey so far an…
MigrantLandbird Congratulations to @Lykke_Pedersen on handing in her PhD thesis. More exciting stories on red-backed shrikes to com… https://t.co/85JFTaA1qi
MigrantLandbird Catching up on #BOU17TC https://t.co/ATT9fgWIka Important @VojtechBrlik meta-analysis of geolocator effects https://t.co/AIxIDgOEga
MigrantLandbird Catching up on #BOU17TC https://t.co/ATT9fgWIka Great #Twitter #ornithology conference @IBIS_journal when's the next one?
MigrantLandbird After a long silence, please find a list of new publications on migrant landbirds of the past months (75!) here: https://t.co/dmARGJgQIU
MigrantLandbird RT @animaltracking: See How Human Activity Is Changing Animal Migration Patterns https://t.co/v5L8AfrYIm via @WIRED
MigrantLandbird Incredible amount of tracking data from East Asia with huge potential for advancing understanding of this poorly st… https://t.co/zqZSXF2DTr