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Conferences and Meetings

Ecology and conservation of the world’s grassland birds

 20 Aug 2018

Buff-breasted Sandpiper | PD US FWS | Wikimedia Commons

The BOU is holding an open one-day meeting on the registration day, 20 August, of IOC2018, in Vancouver, Canada.

Grasslands are found right across the planet, from tropical savannahs to alpine meadows, from coastline to mountain peak, forming key habitats for a wide range of species. Many of these habitats are under considerable threat from anthropogenic changes including land use change, urbanisation and climate change, which can impact on these important ecosystems and the birds which rely on them.

The day has been planned specially to provide the large numbers of delegates arriving to register for IOC2018 on the Monday, with a series of presentations they can pop in and out of during this free open day.

Keynote speakers

Prof Jenny Gill | University of East Anglia, UK
Waders and wet grassland
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Dr Brett Sandercock | Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway
Research on North American grassland birds
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Prof Jane Reid | University of Aberdeen, UK
Population ecology of Red-billed chough in agricultural grasslands
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Dr Jill A. Shaffer | US Geological Survey, USA
Renewable energy and grassland birds
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Call for papers

We are seeking submissions for oral presentations. These will be 15-minute slots (12-minute presentation with 3 minutes for questions).

Given the global scope of the symposium, we will consider talks from any region of the world. Talks must be relevant to the symposium theme of ecology and conservation of grassland birds and could cover topics such as land use change, climate change, population dynamics, key stages of the annual cycle (breeding/migratory/wintering ecology) or responses to management interventions.

Priority will be given to talks presenting results over those reporting new studies or work in progress.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED We will announce the full programme in March 2018.

Download abstract submission stencil here.


Ecology and conservation of grassland birds is a BOU one-day meeting organised by David Douglas (RSPB Scotland) and Steve Dudley (BOU).

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