The bird migration lab attended, this year in Japan, the oldest and most popular congress for ornithologists, the IOC, founded in 1884 in Vienna.
Research institutions from many different countries were represented by enthusiastic senior and young scientists who shared their work in plenary talks, symposia, round tables, and poster sessions. Participation was absolutely astonishing with more than a thousand scientific talks and posters presented and organized in 5 parallel sessions every day. Biogeography and paleontology, evolution and behavioral adaptations, life history, physiology, inmunoecology, social communication, community ecology, reproductive behavior, avian brood parasitism, invasive species, dispersal, migration, bird-human interactions, global change, and conservation were among the main big themes included in the symposia.
The active participation of our lab in the IOC was stricking. Anders P. Tøttrup and Knud A. Jønsson organized a symposium on avian dispersal and implications for speciation, comunity build-up, and migration where Kasper Thorup, Ran Nathan, Knud A. Jønsson, and Flavio Monti presentated their work.
Other talks given by members of BML and CMEC were on migration and displacements of common cuckoo followed with satellite telemetry by Mikkel Willemoes; how population-specific variation in spatio-temporal migration patterns influence dispersal in migrants by Anders P. Tøttrup, and richness patterns in New World passerine species with latitude by Jon D. Kennedy.
Other interesting symposium was chaired by Bart Kampenaers from Max Planck Institute of Ornithology about the effect of artificial light in bird behavior and ecology.
The BML also attended the round table on monitoring of landbirds in eastern Asia and presented the Migrant Landbird Study Group (MLSG). Our purpose in this round table was to promote the MLSG and involve researchers from Asia into this platform for knowledge sharing. We also distributed informative flyers on the MLSG.
Along the IOC four rooms were used to exhibit posters on research about the themes of the symposia. CMEC and BML were represented once more with two posters on the migration programme in common cuckoo and the wintering area of the red-backed shrike.
Finally, I would say goodbye for now with some very interesting birds seen during this fantastic trip.