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Birds in time and space: avian tracking and remote sensing

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Birds in time and space: avian tracking and remote sensing

Proceedings of #BOU2015 – the BOU’s 2015 annual conference supported by
University of Leeds,
University of East Anglia,
British Trust for Ornithology and
RSPB Centre for Conservation Science
 
 
 
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Presenting authors given below. All contributing authors listed on individual papers.

PLENARY

Smart technology on smarter birds: animal-attached systems for difficult questions
Rory Wilson | Swansea University, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

LONG-DISTANCE MOVEMENTS

Continental-wide tracking of the migration and winter movements of the Common Swift
Susanne Åkesson | University of Lund, Sweden
View | Published 20 February 2016

Monitoring continent-wide aerial patterns of bird movements using weather radars
José Alves | University of East Anglia, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Quantifying habitat use during the autumn stopovers of Common Cuckoos in Europe
Phil Atkinson | BTO, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Social migration in juvenile White Storks
Andrea Flack | Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

FORAGING STRATEGIES

Contrasting foraging strategies of Brown Skuas in response to local and seasonal dietary constraints
Ana Carneiro | Cambridge University, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Integrating GPS tracking, seabirds at sea and terrestrial counts to unravel distribution and foraging patterns in large gulls: towards a ‘holistic’ approach
Stefan Garthe | University of Kiel, Germany
View | Published 20 February 2016

GPS telemetry reveals differences in the foraging ecology of breeding Lesser Black-backed Gulls between three Special Protection Area colonies
Viola Ross-Smith | BTO, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Foraging areas of Macaroni Penguins in the south Atlantic and south Indian Ocean
Annette Scheffer | British Antarctic Survey, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

COMPETITION

Tracking tropical seabird species in the South Atlantic supports Ashmole’s hypothesis of local prey depletion and population regulation
Steffen Oppel | RSPB, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Ontogeny of juvenile dispersal distances in the Spanish Imperial Eagle: a test of the competitive displacement hypothesis
Virginia Morandini | Doñana Biological Station, Spain
View | Published 20 February 2016

Long-term individual foraging site fidelity: why some Gannets don’t change their spots
Ewan Wakefield | Glasgow University, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Using habitat-preference models to predict the global non-breeding distributions of Grey-headed Albatrosses
Thomas Clay | British Antarctic Survey, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

POPULATION DYNAMICS

Multi-colony tracking reveals spatio-temporal variation in links between breeding outcome and winter movements in a pelagic seabird, the Black-legged Kittiwake
Maria Bogdanova | CEH, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Tracking day and night provides insights into the importance of different wader chick predators
Lucy Mason | RSPB, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Combining GPS tracking and stable isotope analysis to predict changes in gull dynamics
Alejandro Sotillo | University of Ghent, Belgium
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

INDIVIDUAL VARIATION

KEYNOTE
Incidence and implications of individual variation in movement and at-sea activity patterns of seabirds
Richard Phillips | British Antarctic Survey, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Ten years tracking Manx Shearwaters
Tim Guilford | Oxford University, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Annual consistency of foraging grounds depends on spatial scale and population/individual level: the case of Cory’s Shearwater in the Canary Current upwelling
José Manuel de los Reyes González | University of Barcelona, Spain
View | Published 20 February 2016

Tracking the Houbara Bustard
Yves Hingrat | Reneco for Wildlife Consultants, UAE
View | Published 20 February 2016

Age-related experience in thermal soaring performance of free-ranging scavengers
Roi Harel | Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

RESPONSES TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

Foraging decisions and phenological synchrony: using telemetry to explore how breeding Great Tits adjust their foraging behaviour in response to local food availability
Amy Hinks | Oxford University, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Migratory connectivity and winter ecology of the European Roller: an integration of geolocation and isotopic tracing techniques
Tom Finch | University of East Anglia, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Best Early-Career Researcher Oral Presentation
Are White Storks addicted to junk food? Consequences of landfill use for White Stork breeding success in Iberia using newly developed high-precision GPS/GSM data loggers
Nathalie Gilbert | University of East Anglia, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Disentangling Lesser Kestrel foraging movement patterns during the breeding season: a multi-scale approach
Jesús Hernández-Pliego | Doñana Biological Station, Spain
View | Published 20 February 2016

Linking remote sensing and geolocation data to understand the impact of climatic change on seabird migration
James Grecian | Glasgow University, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

CONSERVATION

Home-range size and habitat use of European Nightjars in a complex plantation-forest landscape
Katrina Sharps | University of East Anglia, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Using seabird tracking data to identify marine protected areas: does inter-annual variation justify multiple year tracking?
Maria Dias | BirdLife International, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

KEYNOTE
Future perspectives: major research challenges for tracking studies
Thomas Alerstam | University of Lund, Sweden
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

TALKING POSTERS

What are talking posters?
View all Talking Posters from the conference on the BOU Youtube channel
Visual tracking reveals Sterna tern species foraging distributions around breeding colonies
Julie Black | Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
View this Talking Poster on the BOU Youtube channel

Intra-population variation in the foraging distribution patterns of Round Island petrels
Katherine Booth Jones | Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society London, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
View this Talking Poster on the BOU Youtube channel

Tracking offshore movements of Common Terns across the southern New England continental shelf using Nanotags and automated radio telemetry stations
Pamela H. Loring | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, US
View | Published 20 February 2016
View this Talking Poster on the BOU Youtube channel

High juvenile mortality during migration in a declining population of a long-distance migratory raptor
Steffen Oppel | RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
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From thermal to flyway with European Honey-buzzards: the role of weather during long-distance soaring migration
Wouter M. G. Vansteelant | University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
View | Published 20 February 2016
View this Talking Poster on the BOU Youtube channel

The Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) Bird Collision Avoidance Study
Robin M. Ward | NIRAS Consulting Ltd, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
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POSTERS

Predator intake rates do not increase with prey density
Allert Bijlevld | NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands
View | Published 20 February 2016
View poster

Post-breeding dispersal, migration and wintering movements of Lesser Kestrels using high-frequency GPS-loggers and remote sensing
Javier Bustamante | Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Spain
View | Published 20 February 2016

Home-range size and habitat use of the Endangered Gabela Akalat, a poorly known Angolan endemic
Aimy Cáceres | Universidade do Porto, Portugal
View | Published 20 February 2016
View poster

Geolocators reveal Murphy’s Petrels scour far and wide in less productive regions of the Pacific Ocean
Thomas Clay | British Antarctic Survey, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Analysing changes of directions within trajectories reveals movement strategies: are Gannets using memory to return to past prey patch? A GPS trajectory analysis
Julien Collet | Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon & Université Lyon, France
View | Published 20 February 2016

Assigning behaviours to Kittiwake accelerometry data: a validated, computationally simple approach
Philip Collins | University of Roehampton, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
View poster

Colony-specific differences in the foraging patterns of a generalist seabird, the Lesser Black-backed Gull
Anna-Marie Corman | Research and Technology Centre (FTZ), University of Kiel, Germany
View | Published 20 February 2016

Integrating GPS tracking and long-term colony monitoring provides new insights into seabird breeding ecology
Tom Evans | Centre for Animal Movement Research, University of Lund, Sweden
View | Published 20 February 2016

GPS tracks of foraging Sooty Terns during the incubation period on Bird Island, Seychelles, reveal their response to serious food shortage
Chris J. Feare | WildWings Bird Management, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Motus Wildlife Tracking System: a novel approach for tracking small birds
Charles M. Francis | Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada
View | Published 20 February 2016

Experimental evidence that overwinter foraging behaviour underlies seasonal carry-over effects of parasitism
Hanna M. V. Granroth-Wilding | University of Edinburgh, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Best Early-Career Researcher Poster Presentation
Beating, diving, floating, gliding: is ODBA a good measure of energy expenditure across all behaviours?
Olivia Hicks | University of Liverpool, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
View poster

Application of new technologies to determining the migration strategy of an elusive woodland bird
Andrew Hoodless | Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Mortality in space and time for the Great Spotted Cuckoo using a new technological device
Juan Diego Ibáñez-Álamo | University of Granada, Spain
View | Published 20 February 2016

Using a state-space model to assess and resolve human–wildlife conflict: a case study with the Kea
Erin M. Kennedy | University of Auckland, New Zealand
View | Published 20 February 2016

Tracking Ocean Wanderers: the global seabird tracking database –
its development and outputs
Ben Lascelles | BirdLife International, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Can micro-habitat use offset temperature increases due to climate change? A case study of the Cape Rockjumper
Alan Lee | Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, South Africa
View | Published 20 February 2016
View poster

Year-round daily movement behaviour of Brünnich’s Guillemots
Jannie Fries Linnebjerg | Centre for Animal Movement Research (CAnMove), Lund University, Sweden
View | Published 20 February 2016

Wintering and stopover ecology of Wood Warblers in sub-Saharan Africa
John Mallord | RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
View poster

Tracking foraging activities of Brown Boobies at the St. Peter and St. Paul archipelago: a 3D approach
Guilherme Tavares Nunes | Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Brazil
View | Published 20 February 2016

Spatial variation in resource use of coastal breeding gulls
Nina O’Hanlon | University of Glasgow, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016
View poster

GPS-GSM dataloggers in remote areas: case report of Saker Falcons in Xinjiang, Quinghai and Tibet
Lubomir Peske | Ministry of Environment, State of Qatar
View | Published 20 February 2016

Do Krill fisheries compete with Macaroni Penguins? Spatial overlap in prey consumption and catches during winter
Norman Ratcliffe | British Antarctic Survey, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Investigating home-range size of the European Roller in western Cyprus using novel Nanofix GPS loggers
Phil Saunders | University of East Anglia, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

In-flight energy gains reveal benefits of being big: the case of the Andean Condor
Emily Shepard | Swansea Laboratory for Animal Movement, Swansea University, UK
View | Published 20 February 2016

Wind support, clear skies and loaded fuel stores makes a fast flight
Sissel Sjöberg | Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden
View | Published 20 February 2016

Contrasting repeatability patterns in time and space for two long-distance migratory raptors
Yannis Vardanis | Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden
View | Published 20 February 2016
 

Acknowledgements

Birds in time and space: avian tracking and remote sensing, a conference organised and run by Keith Hamer (University of Leeds), Aldina Franco (University of East Anglia), Chris Hewson (BT) and Mark Bolton (RSPB Centre for Conservation Science), Steve Dudley (BOU) and Angela Langford (BOU) on behalf of the British Ornithologists’ Union.

The BOU is grateful to the individual presenters and their respective organisations for presenting their work at the conference.

Lianne Concannon (our former Conference Support Officer / Durrell Wildlife Trust) was responsible for delivery the BOU’s Talking Posters at the conference and Cat Horswill (current BOU Conference Support Officer / BTO) was responsible for setting up the new BOU TalkingPosters YouTube channel to host them as part of these proceedings.

The BOU is grateful to Patrick Smith for copy-editng all contributions.

Image credits

Top right: Epic Migrations – Satellite Tracking of Sooty Shearwater. Shaffer, Scott A. et. al. Migratory shearwaters integrate oceanic resources across the Pacific Ocean in an endless summer. PNAS 2006 103 (34) 12799-12802. © 2006 National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. (see here); Inset: Sooty Shearwater © dfaulder (see here)

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