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With nightjars in focus

The 2-3 March a workshop on the movement ecology of nightjars was held here in Lund. People from six European countries, working on the European nightjar and the red-necked nightjar got together for a fruitful and inspiring meeting to share current knowledge on the two European breeding species and to discuss future potential collaborations.
Conference participants
An obligatory group photo on the attendees including, to our knowledge, the only three PhD-students in the world whose work is related to the European breeding nightjars.

workshop speaker

Ruben Evens, Hasselt University, Belgium, presented some of his fascinating work on local movement in breeding European nightjars which provide novel insights in the habitat use and movement capacity in these nocturnal animals.

workshop speaker

Fabio Casale, Fondazione Lombardia per I’Ambiente, Italy, elaborated on the difficulties related to monitoring and management of a cryptic and nocturnal species.

workshop participants

The second day consisted of long round-table discussions around a rather rectangular table.

whiteboard during discussions

A white-board is a powerful tool to share knowledge and ideas. Here graphs on optimal patch-use share the space with an illustration how nightjar-related conservation efforts are incorporated in the forestry management in Belgium.

workshop participants

Coffee breaks proved to provide great opportunity for networking.

Workshop participants

Upon request we allocated part of the lunch break to a guided tour to the wind tunnel.

By bringing together researchers from different fields the workshop was very informative and stimulating. It encouraged collaborative projects to further our understanding on the movement ecology in these cryptic species and to improve future conservation efforts. The organization committee – Gabriel Norevik, Susanne Åkesson, Anders Hedenström and Christina Rengefors (administration) – would like to thank the workshop attendees for their active contributions. We also want to acknowledge Inger Ekström for her work with the booklet and CAnMove for financially supporting the workshop.

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