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.
At the age of twelve I developed a profound interest in the ecology of European Nightjars (Caprimulgus europaeus), and I promised myself to study these mysterious birds as I grew older. Another twelve years later I was very fortunate to write my master thesis on the foraging behaviour of nightjars at KULeuven. In 2014, I was granted a PhD-candidate position at Hasselt University which allowed me to continue my work on the life of these crepuscular birds.
Hakan Karaardic from Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University in Turkey provides insight into three studies he is engaged in. Please read on to learn about the Alpine Swift geolocator project, how to sort out the subspecies of Barn Swallow in Turkey and ringing birds with students and their teachers. Migration is the linking pin.