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.

 

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.

 

 

Wieland Heim, MLSG conference organizer, presented his research on songbirds of the East Asian flyway. He contributed significantly to describe the patterns, routes and threats of migrating songbirds along this flyway by tracking and analysing data of eight species, e.g. Siberian Rubythroat, and combining these resources with citizen science and ringing data. He especially highlighted the need for conservation action for the formerly abundant Yellow-breasted bunting that is recently and rapidly declining due to illegal trading and trapping in North East China.

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Malcolm Burgess, MLSG supporting senior, is working as a scientist at RSPB, conducting and organizing field studies mainly on woodland birds’ breeding and migration ecology. He is especially interested in trophic mismatches, fitness and population trends. During his PhD, he started the citizen science network piedfly.net, that has now hundreds of regular volunteers monitoring more than 3,000 nest boxes, hosting a data set of e.g. 7,000 Pied flycatcher nests from 1955-2020, and published 15 peer-reviewed papers during numerous collaborations.

 

 

You can find a recording of the webinar here: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/BcRPLf6L0tuy_mG1aNlI0vz_3S2L3Z5BFyTuUfjf3vub3VaGs8R2sd9rBViKTmDY.FxIbNgAffNA9M1Us

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We thank the ~ 45 people in the audience for attending and discussing with us and look forward to the next webinar on March 17th!

The announcement and link will be shared here, in our facebook group and via twitter @MigrantLandbird.

 

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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M.M. Sander

01.03.2021

 

Latest news

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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