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Tracking migration: drivers, challenges and consequences of seasonal movements | #BOU2019

 26 - 28 Mar 2019

supported by
University of Iceland
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
University of Aveiro, Portugal
Biotrack | NHBS | PathTrack | Wildlife Acoustics
ABSTRACTS – oral and posters

Early Bird rates available until 13 February 2019

Migration has long captured the human mind and ingenious ways to unravel the processes involved in bird migration have long been at the core of ornithological research. Techniques such as ringing, the use of radars and flight tunnels and the deployment of bio-logging devices have gradually expanded our knowledge of this behaviour.

Recent advances in tracking technologies have allowed us to quantify migratory movements throughout the annual and life cycles in greater detail than ever before, leading to a renewed widespread interest in the field. Following the BOU’s 2015 (Avian tracking) and 2017 (From avian tracking to population processes), the 2019 conference “Tracking migration: drivers, challenges and consequences of seasonal movements” will explore recent advances in our understanding of avian migration through the use of any tracking technique: from large scale migratory pulses and fluxes to individual variation in phenology and routes; the implications of behavioural flexibility for distribution and demography of migrants (connectivity and fitness trade-offs); and the development and maintenance of migratory strategies at the individual (ontogeny and life-long tracking) and population levels (partial migration and transgenerational changes).

This international conference will aim to cover the following topics:

  • Continental and flyway scale tracking;
  • Connectivity and range shifts;
  • Energetics, flight behaviour, navigation and social learning;
  • Partial migration, migratory strategies and fitness trade-offs;
  • Dispersal, settlement and transgenerational changes;
  • Migratory schedules and responses to environmental change;
  • Longitudinal and comparative studies – implications for species conservation.


Professor Lei Cao
RCEES, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
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Using waterbird telemetry data to support freshwater wetland conservation in China

The Alfred Newton Lecture was established in 1994 to celebrate the BOU’s founder, and is awarded by the BOU to an internationally renowned figure to address a BOU annual conference on a key topic of the conference theme.


Kyle Horton | @Kyle__Horton
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, US
Bright lights in the big cities: migratory birds’ exposure to artificial light
James Gilroy | @j_gilroy1
University of East Anglia, UK
Range-scale responses of migratory birds to climate change
Lucy Hawkes | @anflack
University of Exeter, UK
The high altitude ecology and physiology of the Bar-headed Goose
Jane Reid
University of Aberdeen, UK
Partial migration and population dynamics in a seasonally inhospitable world
Tamar Lok | @TamarLok
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
Tracking Spoonbill migration in a changing world: from patterns to mechanisms 
James Grecian | @JamesGrecian
University of St Andrews, UK
Seabird migration in the anthropocene 

Scientific Programme Organisers

Verónica Méndez (University of Iceland)
Wouter Vansteelant (University of Amsterdam)
Maria Bogdanova (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
José Alves (University of Aveiro)


Image Credits
Storks © KlausHausmann CC0 via Pixabay

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