MLSG

Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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Joining and being involved with the MLSG is simple. Just sign up now and prepare and post your profile detailing who you are, what you work on and any specifics of getting involved in meetings, training and mentoring. You will then be part of the MLSG network: people can find you to collaborate and share knowledge, and of course, you can also do the same. There is no membership fee: maintaining your profile annually is the only criteria for active membership, which puts you on the list for early information and reduced rates at MLSG meetings and events.

The MLSG – Migratory Landbird Study Group – is a network to connect people working on migrant landbirds, whether pure research or their conservation, to facilitate both. Collaboration and communication make a difference – particularly when the solution to understanding and conserving migrants must involve all of us on the flyways working together.

 We are working on developing a broad network between scientists, citizen-scientists, stakeholders, economists and have a specific interest in integrating underrepresented African and European countries. By involving people from all across the flyways we aim to bridge the conservation continuum from local solutions to global solutions and to formulate species action plans. By offering workshops and symposia during ornithological conferences we started to share our knowledge with a broader audience. Now, in these contact free times, we still want to connect globally and so we have set up the opportunity to attend virtual lectures and discussions on current research. Perhaps, you would like some feedback on your own research or to promote a new project? Let us know and we can give you the opportunity to speak up!

This first webinar was opened by our deputy chair Dr Ivan Maggini, researcher at University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Austria), who specialises on morphological and physiological adaptations of migratory birds, especially songbirds crossing large ecological barriers, such as the Sahara Desert. He presented his findings about how water availability influences the refuelling in small songbirds stopping over in the desert. More information about Ivan’s projects is here: https://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/en/konrad-lorenz-institute-of-ethology/about-us/our-team/scientists/maggini-ivan/

The second talk was given by the chair of MLSG, Dr Janne Ouwehand, postdoc at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), who studies the migration and wintering ecology of Pied Flycatchers. You can follow her project on her blog https://flightcatchproject.wordpress.com/the-project/

Prof Will Cresswell, our master treasurer, is a lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and since 2001, at the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) in Nigeria. His research is focussed on the distribution and migratory connectivity of Palaearctic migrants. Within his talk he discussed methods to estimate migratory connectivity, including tracking data from raptors and songbirds across the globe.

You can find a recording of the webinar here: https://unito.webex.com/unito/ldr.php?RCID=c4d3a60114856f16b0335fec1ca26f35

We thank the ~ 70 people audience for attending and discussing with us and look forward to the next webinar on 24th of February! The announcement and link will be shared here, in our facebook group and via twitter @MigrantLandbird.

M.M. Sander
04.02.2021

 

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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.

Join us and register here:
https://conference.eounion.org/2022/registration/

In our 3th webinar, Kaan Özgencil (MLSG outreach & social media) talked about functional responses to habitat degradation in waterbirds. Kaan’s work is based at the METU in Ankara, Turkey, and includes the monitoring of breeding waterbirds and conservation aspects in wetlands. In Turkey, many wetland habitats are decreasing due to human induced degradation and climate change, e.g. in the Konya Closed Basin, where agriculture changes from wheat production to sugar beet cultivation, temperatures are rising, salinity is increasing, and lakes are drying earlier in the season. These factors caused a decline in species richness of 20 % and  functional richness of 65 % within 20 years.

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The webinar was opened by Sandra Goded, MLSG international networker. She is working in Africa assessing the population status of migratory species in different habitats within protected and non-protected areas. She also presented her efforts and success in empowering local people to the monitoring and conservation of birds in Ghana throughout the year.

 We are working on developing a broad network between scientists, citizen-scientists, stakeholders, economists and have a specific interest in integrating underrepresented African and European countries. By involving people from all across the flyways we aim to bridge the conservation continuum from local solutions to global solutions and to formulate species action plans. By offering workshops and symposia during ornithological conferences we started to share our knowledge with a broader audience. Now, in these contact free times, we still want to connect globally and so we have set up the opportunity to attend virtual lectures and discussions on current research. Perhaps, you would like some feedback on your own research or to promote a new project? Let us know and we can give you the opportunity to speak up!

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