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World Owl Conference 2017: Owls in Science and Society

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  • 2017/09/11 19:39:35


    Программа конференции:

    26 September

    Workshop 1 | Effective Owl Education Methods | Karla Bloem and James Duncan

    An open, respectful and inclusive discussion of owl education methods used in the field, classroom, and online in different cultures around the world.

    Objectives: Share owl education methods used in different countries and cultures. Learn the difference between interpretation and information. Discuss regulations and their impact on education. Rejuvenate enthusiasm for conserving owls through education.

    Target audience: Anyone who does owl education in the field, classroom, or online.

    Maximum number of participants: Limited by the number of places available in the room.

    Panelists: Raju Acharya (Nepal), Suruchi Pande (India), Jonathan Haw (South Africa), Trystan Williams (Scotland), Karla Bloem (USA), James Duncan (Canada)

    Themes: Public attitudes about owls. Purpose of the programs. Description of their audience(s). Description of their program(s). Challenges.

    Workshop 2 | Telemetry, Nestcams and Data Analysis | David Johnson and Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse

    A workshop focused on the equipment, digital, and methodological aspects of owl studies.

    Objectives: To offer information and insights into key technologies for owl research, conservation, and monitoring.

    Target audience: Ornithologists and managers whose work involves owls and raptors.

    Maximum number of participants: Limited by the number of places available in the room.

    Panelists: Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse, David Johnson, Sarah Levett, Ronald van Harxen

    Themes: Telemetry, Geolocators, PinPoint Tags, Data Loggers and New Harnessing Material. Video/Nest Cams (equipment and methods). Data Processing. Data Depository/Warehousing.

    Symposium | Impacts of Human Infrastructures on Owls | Rui Lourenço and Ricardo Tomé

    Objectives: Review and discuss the effects that human infrastructures (roads, powerlines, windfarms) have on owl populations.

    Target audience: Researchers, technicians and workers from environmental and infrastructure companies, decision-makers.

    Maximum number of participants: Limited by the number of places available in the room.


    Owls and roads: a review of the impacts and solutions | Rui Lourenço (University of Évora, Portugal)
    Electric powerlines and owls: situation in mainland Portugal | Julieta Costa (SPEA, Portugal)

    Owls and windfarms: review of the conflicts and parallels with diurnal impacts | Ricardo Tomé (Strix, Portugal)

    Monitoring wildlife mortality and mitigating mortality – the experience of Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) | Graça Garcia (IP, Portugal)

    Round Table | Barn Owls Know No Boundaries: The Role of Nature Conservation in Peace | Alexandre Roulin and João E. Rabaça

    Objectives: The aim is to show that the study of owls can go much beyond the usual scientific aspects of nature conservation. This can bring people together and help develop trust between communities that are in conflict.

    Target audience: Ornithologists but also any conservationists and general public.

    Maximum number of participants: Limited by the number of places available in the room.

    27 September – Wednesday

    08:15 – 09:00 Registration

    09:00 – 09:25 Opening session

    Ana Costa Freitas, Rector of the University of Évora
    Carlos Pinto de Sá, President of the Municipality of Évora
    Roberto Pereira Grilo, President of CCDR Alentejo
    Pedro Rocha, Director of ICNF Alentejo Department of Nature Conservation and Forests
    João Rabaça, Head of LabOr/ICAAM

    09:25 – 09:30 Welcoming address | Inês Roque

    09:30 – 10:05 Keynote presentation
    52 years among Ural and Tawny Owls Strix uralensis and S. aluco – Why? (Pertti Saurola)

    10:05 – 11:05 BREEDING BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR | Moderator: Al Vrezec
    The breeding density of the Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops along the eastern Adriatic coast: Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro (Tjaša Zagoršek )
    The reproductive success of Lanyu Scops Owls (Lucia Severinghaus)
    Breeding Desert Owl Strix hadorami in Egypt, and notes on behaviour (Mohamed Habib)
    Breeding ecology of captive-released and wild Western Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in southwestern Manitoba, Canada (Alexandra Froese)

    11:05 – 11:25 Coffee break

    11:25 – 12:40 How do Barn Owl nestlings share food? An automatic interactive playback experiment (Pauline Ducouret)
    Detailed analysis of Eagle Owl behaviour during courtship and egg incubation based on continuous IR-video recording at the nest site (Christian Harms)
    Vocal development of the Great Horned Owl (Karla Bloem)
    Little Owl Athene noctua literature update 2007-2017 (Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse)
    Owls in the realm of avian anatomy (Arnold van den Burg)

    12:40 – 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 – 15:30 CONSERVATION | Moderator: João E. Rabaça
    Global owl distribution, diversity, and conservation hotspots (Steve Sheffield)
    Knocking on the door of extinction: population dynamics and conservation measures for Little Owl in the Czech Republic (Martin Šálek)
    Reintroducing the Ural Owl Strix uralensis to Austria – ingredients for a successful comeback (Richard Zink)
    Review of and advances in the captive propagation and conservation of the Western Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia in British Columbia, 1983-2016 (Lauren Meads)
    Field observations of Pere David’s Owl Strix davidi in Central China, 140 years after its first description (Wolfgang Scherzinger)
    Population dynamics and conservation status of the Western Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia hypugaea in the United States and Canada: a 20-year update (Steve Sheffield)

    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

    16:00 – 17:15 Global assessment of overlap between owl species ranges and protected areas (Steve Sheffield)
    Owl conservation efforts in Nepal (Raju Acharya Sharma)
    The role of small NGO’s in owl conservation: case study – the Barn Owl Trust (David Ramsden)
    “Why Hoot?” – an evaluation of motivations and scientific attitudes of citizen science owl surveyors in Manitoba, Canada (James R. Duncan)
    Impact of forestry on a population of Tawny Owls Strix aluco in northwestern Switzerland (Michel Juillard)

    28 September – Thursday

    08:45 – 09:00 Registration

    09:00 – 09:10 Announcements and introduction

    09:10 – 09:45 Keynote presentation
    Owls in myth and culture – Insights from 30 countries (David H. Johnson)

    09:45 – 11:15 CULTURE | Moderator: David H. Johnson
    Understanding the illegal owl hunting and trade dynamics in Nepal (Yadav Ghimirey)
    Social perception about Barn Owl Tyto alba role and abundance in an agricultural landscape in the North of Spain (Rubén Hernández-Soto)
    From cures to curses – Owls and their place in traditional healing in Southern Africa (Jonathan Haw)
    Perceptions and beliefs about owls in Turkey (Elif Göçer)
    Social aspects as part of conservation targets for owls in Greece: Data analysis from cultural history and recent surveys (Vasileios Bontzorlo)

    11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break

    11:20 – 12:35 Owls in myth and culture – Interviews from Slovakia (Vladimír Nemček)
    Attitudes and beliefs towards owl in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve (Campeche, México): an approach to improve conservation (Paulina Camarena)
    METHODS | Moderator: Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse
    Using bioacoustics to study habitat use and vocal behaviour of Barred Owls, Boreal Owls and Great Horned Owls (Julia Shonfield)
    Snowy Owls sit on high – selection of vantage points revealed by number of owl pellets (Roar Solheim)
    Using the MP3-trap technique to capture male Burrowing Owls (David H. Johnson)

    12:35 – 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 – 15:30 Snowy Owl hunting behaviour and prey spotting distance revealed by vole lures (Roar Solheim)
    Breeding biology of the Mottled Wood Owl in west-central India (Satish Pande)
    EVOLUTION, TAXONOMY AND PHYLOGENY | Moderator: Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse
    Omani Owl Strix butleri – its taxonomy, distribution, vocalisations, diet, and relationship to Desert Owl S. Hadorami (Magnus Robb)
    Evolution and phylogeny of owls (Michael Wink)
    Barn Owl Tyto alba colour cline in Europe: the exception proves the rule (Ana Paula Machado)
    Evolutionary dynamics of colour polymorphism in Tawny Owls Strix aluco (Patrik Karell)

    15:30 – 17:00 Buffet and informal poster session

    17:00 – 19:00 Welcome to Portugal Evening
    Commented Wine Taste – Tyto alba Companhia das Lezírias | 17:00 | Downstairs to the grand auditorium
    Fado concert | 18:00 | Grand auditorium

    29 September – Friday

    08:45 – 09:00 Registration

    09:00 – 09:10 Announcements and Introduction

    09:10 – 09:45 Keynote presentation
    Being with owls – From faunistic surveys to ecosystem research (Al Vrezec)

    09:45 – 11:00 MONITORING | Moderator: Ricardo Tomé
    Insights into the distribution of Pueo or Hawaiian Short-eared Owl: Utilizing citizen science to aid monitoring survey (Javier Cotin)
    An evaluation of 25 years of volunteer nocturnal owl surveys in Manitoba, Canada (James Duncan)
    Status and monitoring of Short-eared Owls Asio flammeus in North and South America (Marcel Gahbauer)
    Program NOCTUA-Portugal – studying the trend and distribution of owls (Rui Lourenço)
    The Eurasian eagle owl Bubo bubo as biomonitor of contaminants in Southeastern Spain: an overview of 25 years of study (Pilar Gómez-Ramírez)

    11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break

    11:20 – 12:35 Monitoring owl populations in a natural mountainous forest in the Austrian Alps (Duerrenstein Wilderness Area, IUCN Category I) (Thomas Hochebner)
    Monitoring of owls in Europe – results of pan European EURAPMON inventory of raptor monitoring schemes (Al Vrezec)
    MIGRATION AND DISPERSAL | Moderator: Ricardo Tomé
    Tyto Tagus: Barn Owl post-fledging dispersal in the Tagus Valley (Portugal) (Inês Roque)
    Juvenile Barn Owl dispersal: a radio tracking study (David Ramsden)
    Migratory behaviour and breeding dispersal of Burrowing Owls in the western United States (David H. Johnson)

    12:35 – 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 – 15:15 Discovery of fall migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls Aegolius acadicus in the Ozarks of Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma (USA) (Kimberly Smith)
    MOVEMENT BEHAVIOUR AND HABITAT | Moderator: James R. Duncan
    Home range, perch heights and reactions to approaching humans by three radio-tagged Ural Owls (Roar Solheim)
    Long-term telemetry study of reintroduced Ural Owls Strix uralensis in the Duerrenstein Wilderness Area, Austria (Ingrid Kohl)
    Home-range and habitat of the Barking Owl Ninox connivens in Southern Australia (Rod Kavanagh)

    15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

    15:30 – 16:30 Barn owl Tyto alba habitat selection and foraging strategies (Robin Séchaud)
    Short-eared Owls Asio flammeus: sensitivities to changes of land use in upland Britain (John Calladine)
    Movements and habitat selection of Short-eared Owls Asio flammeus in North America (Marcel Gahbauer)
    Habitat selection and movement patterns of wintering male and female Snowy Owls on the Canadian prairies (Karen Wiebe)

    30 September – Saturday

    08:45 – 09:00 Registration

    09:00 – 09:10 Announcements and introduction

    09:10 – 09:45 Keynote presentation
    Living in a variable environment: Tengmalm’s and Pygmy Owls and the three-year high-amplitude population cycle of voles (Erkki Korpimäki)

    09:45 – 11:15 ECOLOGY | Moderator: Rui Lourenço
    The irruptive nature of Snowy Owls: going full cycle (JF Therrien)
    How does diet influence the breeding’s success of the Tawny Owl Strix aluco in the forests of Burgundy? (Hughes Baudvin)
    How Tawny Owls Strix aluco survived in a dynamic guild of predators and turned from a source into a sink population (Fred Koning)
    Birds as food of owls – an intra- an inter-specific comparison (Simon Birrer)
    Modeling voles’ spatial distribution through Barn Owl diet analysis: Setting the scene for a pest-control nest box scheme in Thessally, Greece (Vasileios Bontzorlos)
    Age and sex of Snowy Owls during summer irruption on Beliy Island, Yamal in 2015 (Roar Sohleim)

    11:15 – 11:35 Coffee break

    11:35 – 12:35 Closing session

    12:35 – 14:00 Lunch
    Free afternoon: consult side events programme

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