Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Following up on the successful MLSG symposia at EOU conferences since 2015, we are ready for another dose of inspiring community-building preceding EOU2022 in Giessen, Germany, on March 12th -13th. The aim of the MLSG is to promote collaborative research to help advance flyway-scale understanding of and conservation actions for migrant landbirds. We believe knowledge-sharing is essential to achieve this. Thus, during our symposium we will actively engage all attendants to partake in a dynamic program of presentations, workshops, and group discussions. We will focus on data sharing and collaboration, new tracking technologies and priorities for migrant landbird research and conservation.

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Saturday – March 12th

[10:00 –   12:00    MLSG ExCo Meeting]

12:45   –   13:00    Arrival and welcome by MLSG

13:00   –   14:45    Plenary session I: Data sharing and collaboration

Samuel Ivande: Nigerian Bird Atlas Project (15+5)

Verena Keller: European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (15+5)

Stephen Baillie: EURING bird migration atlas (15+5)

Sarah Davidson/Wolfgang Fiedler: MoveBank (15+5)

Antica Culina: SPI-birds data hub (15+5)

14:45   –   15:00    Coffee break

15:00   –   16:15     Speed talks by symposium participants 1

16:15   –   17:00     Coffee break

17:00   –   18:00    Speed talks by symposium participants 2

18:00  –   20:00    Drinks

Sunday – March 13th

09:00  –   09:40    Plenary session II: Conservation

Juliet Vickery: Priorities for migrant landbird conservation (30+5)

09:40  –   09:50    Presentation of workshops / working group meetings

10:00  –   13:00    Parallel sessions (with coffee break)

  • Workshop 1 – Tracking technologies (Martins Briedis)

New developments in the analysis of tracking data

Q&A Session: Troubleshooting tracking studies

  • Workshop 2 – Priorities for migrant landbird research and conservation (Alain Jacot/Juliet Vickery)

African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan Update

  • Workshop 3 – Range-wide data sharing (Malcolm Burgess/all plenary speakers of session I)

How do we get data from less represented areas?

13:00 – 14:00        Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30        Synopsis from each of the parallel workshop sessions back to the whole conference

14:30 – 15:00        MLSG General meeting

15:00 – 16:00        Plenary session II: New methods in migrant landbird research

Steffen Hahn: Metabolic rates of migrants throughout the annual cycle (25+5)

Yvonne Verkuil: An avenue to quantifying arthropod diets in songbirds: application of faecal DNA metabarcoding to retrieve the relative abundances of arthropod taxa (25+5)

16:00 – 16:05        Group picture

16:05 – 16:30        Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00        Species Working Group meetings (e.g. Whinchats, Turtle Doves)

18:00 – 18:30        Synopsis from each of the group meetings back to the whole conference

18:25 – 18:30        Closing

18:30 – 20:00        Drinks

Monday – March 14th

08:00  –   10:00    MLSG birdwatching excursion

Symposium convener: Migrant Landbird Study Group

Contact: Wieland Heim, Turku University, Finland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.