Friday, September 14, 2018

ABP @ IOC 2018

Painting of a Yellow-breasted Bunting as part of a mural featuring all threatened bird species by the Artists for Conservation, Vancouver 2018 © Wieland Heim
Only once in four years, the International Ornithological Union meets for the worlds´ largest and most influential conference for any issue related to the study and conservation of birds – the International Ornithological Congress (IOC). Four years ago I got the opportunity to take part during the IOC in Tokyo, which was an important step to build up a network among Russian and East Asian colleagues studying songbird migrants (see here). This time, the IOC took place on the other side of the Pacific Ocean - in Vancouver, Canada. More than 2000 ornithologists gathered from all over the world. My main goal was to raise awareness among the ornithological community for the decline of songbirds moving along the Asian flyways. Simba Chan (BirdLife Asia) organized a round table focussing on the Yellow-breasted Bunting and other Emberiza species, where Johannes Kamp and I presented updates of our studies in Russia. Furthermore, we were both invited to give a talk during a symposium focussing on the conservation of Eurasian-African landbirds, where I presented our newest geolocator tracking results of songbirds breeding at Muraviovka Park. Again, this IOC proofed very important for net-working, and I am looking forward to work with several new collaborators. Furthermore, I want to thank the German Ornithologists´ Society for enabling me to attend the IOC thanks to a travel grant.

Nur einmal in vier Jahren trifft sich die Internationale Ornithologen-Union für die weltgrößte und einflussreichste Konferenz zu allen Themen der Vogelkunde und des Vogelschutzes – der Internationale Ornithologen-Kongress (IOC). Vor vier Jahren hatte ich die Chance, am IOC in Tokyo teilzunehmen, was ein wichtiger Schritt war, um ein Netzwerk von Vogelzugforschern in Ostasien und Russland aufzubauen (siehe hier). Diesmal fand der IOC auf der anderen Seite des Pazifik statt – in Vancouver in Kanada. Hier trafen sich nun mehr als 2000 OrnithologInnen aus der ganzen Welt. Mein Ziel war diesmal, mehr Aufmerksamkeit für das Schicksal der stark gefährdeten und kaum erforschten ziehenden Singvögel in Ostasien zu bekommen. Simba Chan (BirdLife Asia) hatte dazu einen Diskussionsabend organisiert, an welchem Johannes Kamp und ich Neuigkeiten aus unserer Forschung zur Weidenammer und Co in Russland präsentierten. Außerdem waren wir beide eingeladen, einen Vortrag im Rahmen des Symposiums zum Schutz von Landvögeln entlang der eurasisch-afrikanischen Zugwege zu halten. Hier präsentierte ich unsere neuesten Vogelzugstudien basierend auf den Geolokationsdaten von Brutvögeln des Muraviovka Parks. Wieder einmal war der IOC extrem wichtig, um Kontakte zu knüpfen und auszubauen, und ich freue mich auf zahlreiche neue Kooperationen. Vor allem möchte ich mich bei der Deutschen Ornithologen-Gesellschaft (DO-G e.V.) bedanken, deren Reisestipendium mir die Teilnahme am IOC in Kanada ermöglicht hat



  1. Great that you came to the Vancouver IOC. I have heard about your excellent ringing station from Pia Fetting (Germany).

    Jannaca Chick (Rocky Point Bird Observatory)

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