Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Almut Schlaich - Dutch Montagu's Harrier Foundation

I am passionate about Montagu’s Harriers since I first observed these gracile raptors dancing above the vast cereal fields of Eastern Groningen in the Netherlands in 2009. I could count myself lucky to start working on this amazing species at the Dutch Montagu’s Harrier Foundation (www.werkgroepgrauwekiekendief.nl) doing my Master’s thesis on stopover site ecology of Montagu’s Harriers at an important stopover site in East Morocco. Since then, I travelled through many European and West African countries in search of Montagu’s Harriers, following our satellite- and GPS-tagged individuals.

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Amur Bird Project

Volunteer-based bird migration research, long-term monitoring, conservation and environmental education at Muraviovka Park in Far East Russia. Organized since 2011 by Wieland Heim. www.amurbirding.blogspot.com

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Batumi Raptor Count

BRC is a research and conservation project working on migratory birds (of prey) at the eastern Black Sea coast of the Republic of Georgia and consists of a highly dynamic and forward-thinking team of young biologists and nature enthusiasts.

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BirdLife Netherlands

BirdLife Netherlands is part of the East Atlantic Flyway Initiative of BirdLife. We are working on waterbird conservation to create a pearl string of stop over, wintering and breeding sites that are well protected. Also we are working with national BirdLife partners in North Africa and West Africa to research landbird migration and work with local communities on land restoration and well managed landscapes for landbirds. 

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British Trust for Ornithology

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is based in Thetford, United Kingdom and has a long history of migration research.

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Flavio Monti

My main research interest focuses on bird migration ecology with applications in conservation biology and wildlife management, specifically in the Mediterranean region.

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Impact of Trichomonas gallinae infection on Turtle doves

Turtle doves are undergoing huge populations declines- most notably in the UK. Although this UK decline can be attributed to a reduction in breeding productivity and a lack of nesting habitat, a high prevalence of Trichomonas gallinae infection was found in a sample of this population during the breeding season of 2011.

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Breeding ecology
Intra-African migrant birds: ecology and conservation

A large-scale and long-term study to explore connectivity, movement, variation and potential speciation in populations of intra-African migrant bird species that have a core range across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Janne Ouwehand

A strong passion for nature and travelling around the world… Together with curiosity, involvement and an exploring mind they form the foundation of my field research in animal ecology.

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Migres Programme. Monitoring bird migration through Straits of Gibraltar

Migres Programme is a long-term scientific monitoring of migratory birds population across the Strait of Gibraltar, which allows:

-          to detect changes in migratory populations that can be related to the trends of these species at a global level, as indicators of their conservation status;

-          to detect the changes in species migratory patterns;

-          to try to understand the biological meaning of these changes in relation to the current scenario of global change.

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PiedFly.Net

PiedFly.Net is a science based non-profit organisation co-ordinating community participation in monitoring Pied Flycatchers and other hole-nesting woodland birds to contribute to science and monitoring projects. The network co-ordinates monitoring of nest box schemes with breeding populations of Pied Flycatchers across southwest England. It is run by Malcolm Burgess. See www.piedfly.net

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Breeding ecology
Rien van Wijk

Currently I reside in Copenhagen, Denmark, after having worked as a PhD student at SOI on the migratory behaviour and its effects on breeding success in Hoopoes that breed in Switzerland.

Using geolocators we investigated their timing, routes and non-breeding sites and put this in a broader perspective by obtaining similar geolocator data from other Hoopoe populations throughout Eurasia. Simultaneously we studied their genetic relations so to be able to investigate population specific migration strategies in relation to genetics.

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Strait of Messina Bird Observatory

The project was launched in 2014 as a side activity of a visual and radar monitoring of birds on migration near a new powerline of TERNA on the Strait of Messina. It is ongoing as a collaboration between Ornis italica (www.ornisitalica.com) and MEDRAPTORS (www.raptormigration.org). The project is active during spring and autumn and aims to collect long-term data on bird migration at the major bottle-neck of the Central Mediterranean area. Two watch points on each side of the Strait, one in Sicily and one in Calabria, are operating at the same time and attended by ornithologists and volunteers.  The commonest migrating raptor is the European Honey Buzzard with more than 20.000 individuals per season. Our website: www.straitobservatory.com

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Turtle Dove solution trialling (UK)

During 2011-2015, Turtle Doves have been monitored in the UK to determine their foraging, breeding and ranging behaviour in order to determine whether trial conservation interventions positively impact breeding success.

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Breeding ecology
Will Cresswell – University of St Andrews, Scotland and APLORI, Nigeria

One third of European breeding bird species winter in Africa including iconic species that add to our quality of life (e.g. swallows, nightingales, warblers). Nearly all Western European populations are declining and for many species this is almost certainly related to changing conditions in Africa or on migration.

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Non-breeding ecology
Wouter Vansteelant - University of Amsterdam

As a keen birder I have long been fascinated by ecology and the complexity of natural systems. Animal movement is a particularly intriguing discipline aiming to understand how individual animals decide to move through their environment in search of resources, and how behavior of individuals translates into population dynamics and species distributions.

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