IBOC 2019 March 28th – April 1st, 2019, EILAT ISRAEL

Conference coordinator - Dr. Jessica Schäckermann, Eco Way Consultancy

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Schedule

IBOC 2019

28th to 31st of March

Bird watching trip 1st of April

Eilat, Israel

28th Thursday (official start of the IBOC 15:00, please make sure to take care of your own transportation and lunch)

06:00   The IBRCE staff invites you for birdwatching on the grounds of the park. Please make sure to take care of your own transportation

08:30 -13:00    "World Migratory Bird Day", The impact of plastic on seabirds and marine life. Join us for an educational awareness raising event implemented by the IBRCE and SPNI in cooperation with Environment for the Americas and the Municipality of Eilat. We will start in the bird park and after a short introduction to the problem by Susan Bonfield we will do a cleanup walk towards the north beach of Eilat, concluding our event with a beach cleanup.

The goal is to increase the awareness of the damage caused by plastic pollution to seabirds and other marine life. In the long run we hope to reduce the volume of plastic used around the shores of Eilat, by changing the behavior of the public and local businesses and also lobbying for new regulations that deal with the source of plastic found on the beach and its surroundings (Restaurants, Businesses, the port, the navy, Oil Company)

8:30    Gathering at Eilat Bird Sanctuary – Introductions, a short lecture includes the trailer of the film Albatross, preparations.

10:00    Cleanup walk from the bird sanctuary to the Red Sea beach, collecting plastics and other garbage. On the way – expert guiding stations by international and local organizations. Underwater cleanup will take place as well by the Guardians of the bay and the diving schools.

12:00    Closing event at the beach – Summary, sorting and separating the collected garbage.

13:00    End of World Migratory Bird Day event

15:00    IBOC – Registration desk opens in the Yam Suf hotel

17:00    Opening session, session chair Dan Alon

17:00    Iris Hann: SPNI our conservation efforts 

17:20    Dan Alon: The story of the Israeli bird observatories

17:40    Doron Markel from KKL

18:00    Mike Lanzone: The Internet of WildlifeTM- connecting technology and wildlife to answer the big conservation questions of today and tomorrow

18:40    Noam Weiss: The International Birding & Research Center, Eilat – How we recruit our community for nature conservation of the flyway

19:00    Alena Kacal: How can bird observatories better serve and outreach to birdwatchers – results of a survey of birdwatcher in Israel

19:20    Nir Sapir: Avian life-history, ecology, evolution and global change biology studied by bird feather moult.

20:00    Meet and greet in the hotel lobby and time for dinner.

 

29th Friday - Day Host: Aleana Kacal

 

05:30   Bird watching trip

08:00   Breakfast in hotel

09:00   C. John Ralph: New world bird observatories: Their origins, evolution, speciation, demography, and ecology

09:45   First session, topic: Conservation, session chair: Susan Bonfield

11:25   Coffee break

11:40   Second session, topic: Technology and diseases, session chair: Rob Adams

Eshel Ophir - The National Institute for Ornithological Research (NITOOR) - a novel concept to promote ornithological research and conservation in Israel

1.

Pablo Elizondo - Conservation of declining species through bird observatories, experiences from the highlands of Costa Rica

2.

Tuvia Kahn - The Jordan valley Birdwatching Center: Towards peaceful solutions of conflict between birds and farmers.

3.

Fagimba camara - Mangrove regeneration project implication on migratory bird

4.

BAH Mouhamadou Aliou - Community bird conservation: the case of the association Nature-Communautés-Développement (NCD) in Senegal. 

5.

Yoram Zvik - Boats or Birds: Yeruham Birding Center – A Case of Grass-root Conservation

6.

Stuart A. Mackenzie - The Motus Wildlife Tracking System: working collaboratively to cover more ground

1.

Pedro Martins - Bringing data collection to the XXI century: Advantages and disadvantages of the use of technology on wildlife surveys

2.

David Schimel - Remote sensing of avian habitat for restoration in fire-prone chaparral landscapes

3.

Susan Bonfield - Using remote sensing of avian habitat to direct bird conservation

4.

Björn Olsen  - Migratory waterfowl and dissemination of Influenza A virus – how can bird observatories contribute to epidemiology?

5.

Magnus Hellström - Long-term surveillance of influenza A viruses in migrating wild duck populations – background and setup

6.

13:20   Lunch break - Greek style, vegetarian buffet at the Mykonos beach. Bring your binoculars!

15:00   Gerard Troost: Towards a centralized platform for storing and displaying data. The benefits of an online website and database for Bird Observatories based on the example of Trektellen.org
15:30    Third session WORKSHOP by Gerard Troost and Bjoern Malmhagen. Which are the most important needs for Bird Observatories to start storing data in a common platform?
16:00   Fourth session, topic: The roles of bird observatories, session chair: Bjoern Malmhagen

Magnus Grylle - Information and data sharing through birdobservatories.com

1.

Yoav Perlman - The role of bird observatories in monitoring the state of Israel's birds

2.

John D Alexander - How bird observatories can mediate environmental conflict through transparent conservation planning, scientific processes, and management-relevant research and monitoring

3.

John Horton -  Conservation fund raising through corporate organizations. Connecting marketing and publicity with data collection. Raising awareness of bird ringing as a conservation tool.

4.

David La Puma - And then there were four: How a Friendship Agreement and the IBOC have increased connectivity between four bird observatories from around the world

5.

Nicole Büttner - Challenges and opportunities of establishing a network of bird observatories and a national bird banding scheme in Ecuador

6.

17:40   Coffee break

18:00   Fifth session, topic: Monitoring projects, serssion chair: Mike Lanzone

David Walker - Bird Observatories are not just for the birds.

1.

Alexandre Vintchevski - Nature paradise in Chernobyl exclusion zone of Belarus: possibilities for research and tourism

2.

Ulf Ottosson - The African Bird Atlas Project – mapping the distribution of Africa’s birds, promoting public engagement and building capacity for citizen science in Africa

3.

Louis Sallé - The French Migration Atlas

4.

Irith Aloni - February precipitation in the wintering grounds of the Lesser Whitethroat as a migration cue

5.

19:25   Jonathan Meyrav: Birding tourism as a tool for conservation

20:00   Opening dinner in the hotel

30th Saturday - Day host: Nadav Israeli

05:30   Bird watching trip

08:00   Breakfast in hotel

09:00   Bea Maas: Avian Ecosystem Services: Science, birds and people, and how bird observatories can be involved and help 

09:45   First session, topic: The history of bird observatory research, session chair: Bea Maas

11:25   Coffee break

11:40   Second session, topic: Bird observatory development, session chair: David La Puma

Gidon Perlman - Migratory and resident bird population trends: Results of 25 years of standardized bird ringing at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory

1.

Manuel Grosselet - 20 years of monitoring birds in an urban landscape through ringing

2.

Trevor Lloyd-Evans - Migration banding and the value of consistent methodology – a mist netting study over 50 years.

3.

Jochen Dierschke - From Helgoland Bird Observatory to the Institute of Avian Research

4.

Batmunkh Davaasuren - A review of bird ringing history in Mongolia and Bird ringing activity of Khurkh bird ringing station

5.

Pavel Pinchuk - 20 years activity of Turov Ringing Station, Southern Belarus

6.

12:45   Lunch break - BBQ at village beach. Bring your binoculars!

14:25   Amir Balaban: 25 years of empowering new generations of birdwatchers and conservationists

14:55   Fourth session, WORKSHOP by Amir Balaban and Alena Kacal. Creating a habitat for future conservation leaders and birders.

15:25    Fifth session lightning, topic: Quick as lightning, session chair: Jonathan Meyrav

16:20    POSTER SESSION and coffee break

Eli Haviv - Survey of Arabian Warbler in Israel

Noam Weiss - Monitoring Steppe Eagle population in Eilat

Tzur Magen - After school birding clubs for children and youth: our experiences from Israel and how to Do It Yourself

Anat Gal - Creating a Bird Haven 'out of scratch' in the Heart of a busy metropolitan

Inbar Rubin - Cranes, farmers and ecotourism in the Hula Valley, Israel

Yosef Kiat - The importance of recording the active moult of bird primary feathers during bird-ringing activities

Shlomit Lipschitz - Back Yard Birds Count in Israel

Björn Gísli Arnarson - Rapid growth of Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) population in SE- Icleand

Björn Olsen - Migratory birds and dissemination of tick-borne pathogens; Crimean-Congo and Alkhurma Hemorrhagic fevers and Rikettsia

Hans Erik Karlsen - Trends in spring migration numbers and timing at three Norwegian bird observatories

Evan Dalton - Climate Lab: Using Bird Data for Climate Change Education

Kristjan Adojaan - On-screen observatory - interactive visualisation of bird tracking data

Stuart A. Mackenzie - Monitoring population trends of boreal forest birds with migration counts

Gunnar Thor Hallgrimsson - Estimating breeding densities of Icelandic redwings using point counts of singing individuals: what is the impact of timing?

Art Villem Adojaan - Volunteers in action - long-term effort of science popularization at Vaibla Ringing Station

Inbal Schekler - Terns' survival and reproduction in Israel: Research, monitoring and educating project on the threatened terns.

Sophie Jaquier - “Binoculars4Charity”

Simon S. Christiansen - The Observatories in Denmark. An example of developing three different Observatories under one umbrella

Simon S. Christiansen  - The Scandinavian Triple

18:00    Fifth session, topic: Caucasus, session chair: Doron Markel

19:05    Simon Gillings BTO : Nocturnal flight call monitoring: potential and standards for quantifying bird migration

19:45   Dinner break (self-provisioning)

20:45   Ricky Arnolds – NASA Astronaut:  No Borders, Only Beauty: a bird’s eye perspective of our home planet

21:15    Yossi Leshem : Building partnerships and cross border cooperation to enhance environmental education concerning birds

21:45    End of day program

31st Sunday - Day host: Yael Lehnardt

05:30   Bird watching trip

08:00   Breakfast in hotel

09:00   Ikram Quttaineh: A Shifting Baseline in Birdwatching and Conservation in Palestine

09:45   First session, topic: Education, session chair: Ikram Quttaineh 

Michael Heiss - The development of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count in Azerbaijan and its importance for the monitoring of Eurasian migrant birds

1.

Triin Kaasiku - Batumi Raptor Count: our strategy for monitoring more than one million raptors in the eastern Black Sea flyway

2.

Christoph Himmel - Research on waders in Southern Azerbaijan, one of the last under-surveyed areas of the Western Palearctic

3.

Aslan Bolkvadze - Illegal Killing of birds in Batumi bottleneck

4.

Jody Allair - Lighting the Spark: the important role of Bird Observatories for connecting people to birds and nature. A Case Study on the development of an education and outreach program at Bird Studies Canada’s Long Point Bird Observatory.

1.

Johan Lorentzon - How do we keep our most valued volunteers - using motivation to secure high quality work.

2.

Jhorman Piñero - Festival of Migratory Birds of Venezuela, an initiative of environmental education and outreach for the conservation of Venezuelan avifauna, aimed at children and young people of school age.

3.

Susan Bonfield - World Migratory Bird Day: A Global Education Campaign for the Protection of Our Shared Birds

4.

Yael Lehnardt - One day, all of this will be yours: birding clubs for children

5.

Yohay Wasserlauf - The role of local birding clubs as  local nature watchers

6.

11:25   Coffee break

11:40   Second session, topic: Technique, methods and research, session chair: Sean S. Walls

13:20   Lunch break in the Coral Reef Reserve including presentation. Bring your binoculars!

15:00   Third session, topic: Species, session chair: Tal Polak

Måns Karlsson - Semi-automatic identification

1.

Douglas M. Collister - Refining the geographic source of a fall Neotropical Migrant at Inglewood Bird Observatory in Western Canada using d2H measurements and genetic analyses of feathers.

2.

Mike Lanzone - CTT InSight: high-resolution tracking of small organisms with Motus-compatible transmitters

3.

Thomas Klinner - Departure decisions in songbirds with different migration strategies: rushed long-distance migrants depart earlier and more independently of wind than medium-distance migrants

4.

Dries Engelen - Age-specific trends in timing and abundance of autumn passage reveal population dynamics in migratory raptors using the eastern Black Sea flyway

5.

Ron Efrat - Management of and outputs from a large database and the role of bird observatories in Israeli ringing

6.

Jay Carlisle - Long-billed Curlews (Numenius americanus) Through the Annual Cycle – Continuing Threats and New Developments

1.

Ákos Monoki - Conservation of the Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) in Hungary

2.

Shai Agmon - Nature's grossest blunder"? High occurrence of hybridization between two Acrocephalus species.

3.

Inbar Shlomit Rubin - Cranes, farmers and ecotourism in the Hula Valley, Israel

4.

16:25   Short break

16:35    Fourth session, topic: Communities and habitats, session chair: Itai Shanni

Hamutal Friedman - Anthropogenic effects on resident bird communities in Israel

1.

Tal Raz - Identification of migratory songbird African wintering habitats and implications for conservation

2.

Eyal Shochat - The “Be'er Sheva River Park” Birding Center – Wetland Restoration Two Decades After Draining

3.

Sophie Jaquier - Fundraising at the Swiss Ornithological Institute

4.

18:00    Break and time to freshen up

18:15    The bus to the IBRCE leaves the hotel

18:30    Coffee break in the IBRCE

19:00     Noam Weiss: We fight windmills - bird and habitat conservation in and around Eilat, some experiences of the IBRCE

19:30    Sixth session, WORKSHOP by Noam Weiss and Ikram Quttaineh. Towards community based bird and bird habitat conservation.

20:00     Final banquette dinner event in the IBRCE

22:00     End of the day program

1st Monday

Bird watching trip schedule according to chosen trip

Speakers

Topics and further speakers to be announced!

  • Prof. Yossi Leshem from Tel Aviv University, a pioneer in cross-border cooperation and building partnerships in areas with difficult political backgrounds.

  • Dr. Bea Maas from the University of Vienna, is researching ecosystem services provided by birds to agricultural systems around the globe. Through her work she is involving the farmers and community in bird conservation. 

  • Amir Balaban from the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, he is using the urban nature of the JBO to bring people of all backgrounds and religions closer to birds and their conservation.

  • Jonathan Merav from the Israel Ornithological Center, the Israeli expert for birding tourism makes the dreams of international birdwatchers, twitchers and bird lovers come true.

  • Noam Weiss from the International Birding and Research Center Eilat, as an expert for environmental education he ensures the save passage of migratory birds by using the excitement birds create in people, for bird conservation.  

  • Ikram Quttaineh from Hanns Seidel Foundation as Mahmiyat Palestine project coordinator, one of the first organizations in Palestine raising awareness for bird watching and conservation through community involvement.

  • Gerard Troost is the founder of and the developer behind Trektellen.org, the main platform in Europe to collect, store and share results from all type of migrations counts. In daily life he is the lead software developer at Sovon, the  Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology who coordinates the Dutch bird monitoring.

  • C.John Ralph is a Emeritus Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service in California and has been involved in starting and nurturing bird observatories in the U.S. and Costa Rica for more than 50 years.
    His research focuses on endangered species and monitoring birds through census and banding in Hawaii, California, New Zealand, and elsewhere.

Birdwatching Tours

On April 1st, we will offer guided birding trips for a fee to the following destinations and prices:

  • ​Eilat's Birds Sanctuary and the surroundings – 3 hours. $30.
  • Eilat and southern Arava greater area – 6 hours. $60

  • Nizzana and the Negev highlands for Macqueen's Bustards, coursers, vultures and other desert birds – 12 Hours. $90.

  • A minimum of 15 participants for each trip is required. 

 
 
 

Luiza Figueira - The outbreak of bird observatories in Brazil: challenges and perspectives

1.

Lusine Aghajanyan - Perspectives of Bird Observatory Development in Armenia

2.

Miguel E. Matta P - Paso Portachuelo, a field laboratory for bird migration studies at northern south America.

3.

David La Puma - The birth of a next-generation banding station in Cape May, New Jersey

4.

Charlotte Berg - Monitoring waterfowl spring and autumn migration at Lake Hornborgasjön 1991-2018

1.

Ram Pratap Singh - Testing the decision rule phenomenon towards conservation of the Andaman Edible-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus inexpectatus) in Andaman Islands, India

2.

Jonas Bonnedahl - Monitoring antibiotic resistance through wild birds

3.

Steffen Oppel - Establishing a long-term raptor migration monitoring programme at Sarimazi, Turkey, to assess Egyptian Vulture population trends

4.

Heidi E. Ware Carlisle - Working with Students and Community Volunteers to Achieve Bird Monitoring and Habitat Restoration Goals

5.

Evan Dalton - A role for bird observatories in climate change education

6.

Stuart A. Mackenzie - Phenology of the avian spring migratory passage in Europe and North America: asymmetric advancement in time and increase in duration

7.

Yuval Dax - Creating a Bird Haven 'out of scratch' in the Heart of a busy metropolitan

8.

Inbal Schekler - Terns' survival and reproduction in Israel: Research, monitoring and educating project on the threatened terns.

9.