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.
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.
The MLSG hopes to have a presence at the 14th Pan African Ornithological Congress to be held in Dakar, Senegal 17-21st October, 2016.
An invitation to submit proposals for symposia has been circulated. Symposia provide the organisational structure for the PAOC and highlight topical and important themes within the overarching theme of African Ornithology. They should provide fora for a wide representation of ornithologists to discuss and synthesize the latest developments in the field.
Over 90 people attended the MLSG satellite symposium on the day before the start of the full EOU conference. The meeting started with Danae Sheehan, the Chair of the MLSG welcoming everyone and outlining the rationale behind the meeting and the MLSG. As it says on the strap-line: the meeting was to connect research and conservation workers across the flyway.
From 26-28 March 2014 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, ~35 people from different countries, institutes and different backgrounds (research, conservation, policy) came together to discuss the current status of research on migrating landbirds within the Eurasia-African flyway. The initiative to create the Migrant Landbird Study Group (MLSG) first was brought up following the action plan proposed for the AEMLAP project under the umbrella of the Convention on Migratory Species.
The Migrant Landbird Study Group concept was initiated at a round table discussion at the 9th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union (EOU) in Norwich, United Kingdom in August 2013.
This open discussion was attended by 50 people and chaired by EOU president Thomas Wesołowski. Danaë Sheenan (RSPB – BirdLife in the UK) and Bernd de Bruijn (VBN – BirdLife in The Netherlands) provided a brief background of the African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP) and the resulting increasing importance of related research, as well as a letter from Prof. Franz Bairlein offering to host a first meeting of the MLSG.