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Conferences and Meetings

Restoring bird populations: scaling from species to ecosystems | #BOU2020

 7 - 9 Apr 2020

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, UK
 
supported by
RSPB Centre for Conservation Science
Endangered Landscapes Programme
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
 
VENUE INFORMATION
 
More details, including abstract submission and registration, to follow.

Abstract submissions will run 1 June – 31 August.

 
The natural world is under huge pressure from human activity, placing bird populations and their habitats at risk. At the same time, there is growing recognition that avian conservation should look beyond slowing species’ declines and avoiding extinction, to actively restoring avian abundance and diversity in landscapes and working to restore whole ecosystems. Despite the challenges facing nature, our understanding of how to restore species and ecosystems has never been greater, and the momentum for ecological restoration is building globally.

Restoring bird populations requires working at a range of scales, from individual animals to whole ecosystems, and from local sites to whole flyways. Birds can be indicators of recovery trajectories for entire ecosystems and can be integral to the success of habitat restoration, for example through their functional roles as predators, scavengers and dispersal agents.

This landmark international conference will bring together the latest science underpinning the restoration of bird species and their ecosystems, focussing on successes, challenges and future directions. This 2020 event coincides with a milestone year for assessing Aichi targets for biodiversity conservation, and comes on the eve of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration that will run from 2021-2030. It will be of broad interest to conservation-, population- and community-ecologists, practitioners and policy makers.

The conference will aim to cover the following topics:

  • Restoring bird populations through habitat and ecosystem restoration – managed restoration, rewilding and connectivity;
  • Population reintroduction and reinforcement – the science of translocation, headstarting and other population management strategies;
  • Control of invasive species and restoring community structure;
  • The functional role of birds in ecosystem restoration;
  • Progress towards Aichi biodiversity targets and government commitments to restoration.

Scientific Programme Organisers

David Douglas | RSPB Centre for Conservation Science (RSPB), UK
Nancy Ockendon | Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP), UK
Geoff Hilton | Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), UK
Amanda Trask | Institute of Zoology (IoZ), Zoological Society of London (ZSL), UK
 
Image Credits
Female Great Hornbill | Angadachappa | CC BY SA 4.0 via ky.m.wikipedia.org

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