Workshop on the movement ecology of nightjars
Our understanding of the ecology of long-distance migratory birds are often heavily biased to the short time window they spend breeding. The mobility of animals during the breeding season may further limit deeper understanding of what factors influence the life-history strategies and eventually the population numbers of migratory birds. While recent technological advances have greatly increased our ability to track, study, and monitor moving animals, the framework needed for investigations across disciplines on a population scale is often limited. Here we aim to bring together specialists, scientists, conservationists and ringers, with different background and research disciplines to share current knowledge and discuss future research. The focus will be on a cryptic, but fascinating avian family including some intercontinental migrating members with conservation status – the nightjars. The foraging movements and migrations of different populations of nightjars have been recently tracked, and it is timely to evaluate what have been learnt so far. Further methodologies to monitor, capture and track birds have been developed with variable success, and an exchange of experiences would be valuable.
The workshop financially supported by CAnMove will be composed of several research presentations with a following session of round-table discussion. The seminars (held in the Red Room) will be open for interested participants, but if you want to join the other parts of the workshop, please register via the workshop webpage! The aims of this workshop are to explore the current state of knowledge in the movement ecology in nightjars and potentially increase concerted efforts between research groups in the near future.