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Movement Ecology of Aerial Insectivores

A Hans Kristiansson symposium, 5-7 February 2018

Birds like nightjars and swifts as well as temperate bats are adapted to feed on aerial insects, a mobile and seasonally fluctuating food source that cause animals to migrate or hibernate. The study of animal movement is undergoing a technological revolution, where smart miniature tracking devices not only give information about position, but also provide data on altitude and flight activity. The focus of this symposium is on migratory aerial insectivores and their ecological and physiological adaptations.

The symposium is open for anyone interested in the movement ecology of aerial insectivores but the number of attendees is limited. Please, register via the link to the right.
Booklet Aerial Insectivore Symposium (1,54 MB)

General time table:

Monday, February 5
13:00 - 17:00 Seminar session
18:00 - Pizza dinner with cash bar
Tuesday, February 6
09:00 - 12:00 Seminar session
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 17:00 Seminar session
18:00 - Dinner buffet with cash bar
Wednesday, February 7
09:00 - 11:00 Seminar session
11:00 - 12:00 Group discussion
12:00 - 13:00 Plenary discussion
13:00 - Closure

Confirmed speakers and title of talk

Carlos Camacho, Estatión Biológica de Doñana –CSIC
Using longitudinal data to maximize recovery rates in data-logging studies

Greg Conway, British Ornithological Thrust
Migration strategies and winter habitat use by European Nightjars breeding in western Europe

Ron Efrat, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The (re)discovery of breeding Egyptian Nightjars in Israel

Philina English, Simon Fraser University
A role for insect availability in limiting population of a threatened nightjar?

Michiel Lathouwers
Study on the habitat use of Nightjars in Belgium from 2009 until 2017

Zsófia Gallai, Kiskunsági Madárvédelmi Egyesület
Nightjar research in Hungary (2008-2017)

Anders Hedenström, Lund University
On being streamlined to perfection: adaptations for an aerial life-style in swifts

Ian Hendersson, British Ornithological Thrust
Determination of breeding season habitat use by European Nightjars in managed landscapes in the UK

Elly Knight, University of Regina
Application of a migratory network for a declining aerial insectivore, the Common Nighthawk

Elin Malmquist, Lund University
Detection of aerial fauna using Scheimpflug lidar

Liam McGuire, Texas Tech University
Migratory wanderings: A regional-scale assessment of latitudinal bat migration

Gabriel Norevik, Lund University
Migratory flights of nightjars in relation to winds

Jens Rydell, Lund University

Pedro Saez Gomez, University of Huelva
The movement ecology of nightjars as a tool for landscape planning

William Talbot, University of New Mexico
Thermoregulation in the Heat: Nocturnal Sonora Desert Birds

Christian Voigt, Leibniz Institute for Zoo Wildlife Research, Berlin
The movement ecology of open-space foraging insectivorous bats

Susanne Åkesson, Lund University
Intercontinental migration in Common Swifts


Red Room, Ecology Building, Lund University

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Night jarPhoto: Urban Rundström


Registration is now closed.

Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden