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Volume 154  |  Issue 4  |  October 2012
Plus BOU conferences, the BOU Blog and more . . .

The October issue of Ibis contains a Review, 15 ordinary papers and three Short Communications, along with the eighth report of the BOU's Taxonomic Sub-committee and a special essay on the BOU's founder, Alfred Newton, making this one of our biggest issues yet.

Our featured paper addresses the issue of whether habitat is likely to limit the winter population of one of a suite of declining Afro-Palaearctic migrant birds, the Whinchat. Working in west Africa, Mark Hulme and Will Cresswell suggest that Whinchats are capable of using farmland habitats and that perhaps the causes of recent declines in this species are more likely to occur on the European breeding grounds. As Danae Sheehan and Fiona Sanderson point out in their Commentary article, this is a rare example of the sort of study that is needed to understand recent population declines across a range of migratory species..

 

Other papers in this issue include: 

  • A review of the threats to migratory shorebirds, illsutrating the wide and eclectic range of problems this vulnerable group faces | View
  • An assessment of the causes of variation in eggshell bacterial loads and its phylogenetic basis | View
  • A description of a new species of Cinclodes from Brazil with insights into the regions biogeographic history | View
  • An assessment of the impacts of tick infestation on the survival rates of young Roseate Terns | View
  • Alfred Newtons contribution to ornithology. A paper from the BOU's 150th anniversary Alfred Newton Lecture | View
 

Contents
Book reviews
Meeting report - Ecosystem Services and Birds

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BOU13

From populations to policy impacts: avian demography in a changing world

26 - 28 March 2013
University of Leciester, UK 


We are living through a period of major environmental change at both local and global scales. Many species are declining sufficiently rapidly to be of serious conservation concern, yet others are proliferating, some to the point of being invasive. These rapid changes are being replicated in most of the globe’s avifaunas. Developing effective responses to these spatio-temporal changes requires scientists and policy makers to recognise the need not just to monitor them, but to understand the demographic mechanisms underpinning them. Critically, it is essential that our predictive capacity is improved by developing tools that enable the demographic consequences of potential management action to be quantified. Read more . . .


BOU AUTUMN MEETING

Marine Renewables and Birds

26 November 2012
Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough, UK 
 

Marine renewable developments are playing an increasing role in the delivery of clean and secure energy, as governments strive to meet targets to combat climate change. Within the UK, the government has a commitment to obtain 15% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and the development of both onshore and offshore wind energy, in particular, will be instrumental in reaching this target. Consequently a number of offshore wind farms are now operational or are currently under construction and many more developments are proposed. In addition, there is considerable interest in the development of “wet renewable” devices, designed to exploit wave and tidal energy resources. Read more . . . 


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Twitter - building an online ornithological community
Many think that the Holy Grail of Twitter is to get as many followers as possible. Some think that Twitter is all about hashtags (#) and what's trending. But the savvy know different.
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BTO 2012

Annual Conference
7-9 December 2012
Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire, UK
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EOU 2013

28 - 31 August 2013
EOU 9th Conference
Norwich, UK
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IOC 2014

26th International Ornithological Congress
August 2014
Tokyo, Japan
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