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#BOU2016   |   URBAN BIRDS

pressures, processes and consequences

5 - 7 April 2016  |  Leicester, UK

Bookings now open
Early Bird rates available until 19 February 2016

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Urban development is one of the most transformative human land uses. It already dominates much of the globe, and urban areas will continue to expand rapidly, including in biodiversity hotspots. This poses enormous challenges to biodiversity conservation and urban planning. Urbanisation simultaneously provides opportunities for researchers to understand how species cope with, and adapt to, extreme and often novel selection pressures including habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution (noise, heat, light and chemical), altered biotic interactions (with pathogens, predators and prey) and interactions with people. Understanding how wildlife responds to urban life has become a global research priority, and ornithology is at the forefront of this research frontier.

This conference will bring together ornithologists, conservation biologists, evolutionary ecologists and behavioural ecologists from academic and NGO sectors to showcase the latest developments in urban avian research and conservation.

The conference will cover a diverse range of topics including the following:

  • Urban bird monitoring and population trends;
  • Mechanisms structuring urban bird communities;
  • The demography of urban birds;
  • Gene flow, population sources and sinks;
  • Urban pressures and avian adaptation;
  • Behavioural, physiological and evolutionary processes;
  • Human-avian interactions;
  • Future perspectives for managing urban landscapes.

The conference will be international in scope and is aimed at researchers and students, conservation organisations, statutory government agencies and those engaged in policy, advocacy and conservation management. It will provide opportunities to share high quality science, network and discuss new ideas. Whilst the conference focuses on avian research and conservation, much of the discussion will be relevant to participants whose core interest concerns taxonomic groups other than birds.

The scientific programme has been organised by Dr Karl Evans (University of Sheffield), Prof John Sadler (University of Birmingham), Dr Kate Plummer (BTO) and Dr Niall Burton (BTO).

Advances in avian tracking

methods and applications

12 October 2016  |  Peterborough, UK

Recent technological advances have revolutionised our ability to follow the movements of birds, particularly smaller species, across all spatial scales. The burgeoning use of tracking devices has seen increases not only in the range of species tracked, particularly for migratory movements, but also wider integration with behavioural and movement ecology and other fields. 

Building on the success of the 2015 BOU Avian Tracking conference, this one-day conference will specifically focus on new avenues for ornithological research opened by the latest technologies and developments and consider the consequent prospects for research and conservation.

Conference aims:

  • to highlight the most recent and forthcoming advances in avian tracking systems and methods
  • to discuss their applications for the study of avian biology, across all taxonomic groups
  • to examine new research questions that these advances present across numerous disciplines
  • to consider new developments in the storage, sharing and analysis of tracking data and how these can benefit research and conservation
The scientific programme is being organised by Dr Chris Hewson (BTO) and Dr Malcolm Burgess (RSPB Centre for Conservation Science)
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Great Tit 
© Luc Viatour
 via Wikimedia Commons 
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Urban Birds conference

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The role of social media in ornithology

The five presentations from the BOU/RSPB EOU2015 workshop are now available to view on the BOU website:

Social media use in ornithology
Steve Dudley

Using Twitter to promote your research and drive your papers’ Altmetrics
Arjun Amar

The RSPB’s use of Altmetric data
Jen Smart

The use of Twitter in the Devon Cuckoo citizen science project
Sara Zonnefeld

The Yellowhammer dialects project use of social media
Pavel Pipek

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Advances in avian tracking

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