The black box in bird migration studies - how to ensure solid conservation across flyways throughout the year?

28.04.2017 (16:15 - 17:30)

Photo : Florian Schulz - visionwildnis.com

Conférence dans la série "Challenges of Animal Migration", Université de Berne

Location: Tierspital, Länggassstrasse 120, Berne. 1. OG. auditorium de l'anatomie, 1e étage.

Speaker: Rien van Wijk, Copenhagen

The black box in bird migration studies - how to ensure solid conservation across flyways throughout the year?

With the ongoing developments of getting smarter and especially smaller tracking devices, we can track more species each year. New findings are made almost continuously that often only bring up more questions. Only looking at western Europe, an estimated 2 billion birds migrate to sub-Saharan Africa each autumn, spreading out over a vast area in a wide range of habitats. We are getting more and more insights in the diversity in migration strategies not only between species, but also within species, even within populations and individuals. But the more data we acquire, the more it becomes apparent that things are not always so straightforward: in some species an individual can spend its time outside of the breeding season in Senegal in one year and in Niger in another. What is it then that these birds require after they leave their breeding grounds and migrate? And what can we do to protect them when we know the vast scales of the habitats they use? What is the way forward both in studying migrating birds, but also in protecting them? In this talk I aim to give a brief overview of where we stand today in this field, give some food for thought as to what questions remain unresolved and how we could use future developments to get a better understanding of the whereabouts of long-distance, migrating birds.

Biographic note:

Born in Africa, raised in the Netherlands and a PhD on bird migration studies in Switzerland. Rien has made himself an example of the very subject he’s fascinated about: animal movements. He did his studies in Biology at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, moving from studying dispersal in mammals to migration patterns in birds. After his PhD on the migration patterns of Hoopoes and Wrynecks at the Swiss Ornithological Institute, he was at a short research stay at the University of Granada and since January this year he resides in Copenhagen, associated with the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate. Since 2016 he also is a teaching fellow at the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute in Jos, Nigeria and he is actively involved in the Migrant Landbird Study Group that aims to unite researchers that work on migrating birds across flyways.

La conférence est en langue anglaise. The presentations will be given in English.

La conférence est ouvert pour le public et gratuit. La conférence sera suivi d'un apéro.

Location: Tierspital, Länggassstrasse 120, Berne. 1. OG. Hörsaal Anatomie, 1e étage.

We are looking forward to welcome you there

The organization committee
Salome Dürr, Ioannis Magouras, Bernhard Völkl