Newsletter of Goose Specialist Group Nov 2012, issue 15
The latest issue of the newsletter is now available for download on http://www.geese.org/gsg/goose_bulletin/Goose%20Bulletin%20issue15.pdf
Newsletter of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group Dec 2012 is out
The latest issue of the newsletter is now available for download on the FSG website
1st Workshop on Pelican Research and Conservation in SE Europe
In May 2012, 16 experts from nine European countries came together to discuss priorities for management of the Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus and the Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus encountered in the Western Palearctic at the Pyli Visitor Centre of the Prespa National Park Management Agency. Dr Giorgos Catsadorakis, chairman of the IUCN SSC WI Pelican Specialist Group reports on the outcomes of the meeting here.
3rd Pan-European Duck Symposium and meeting of the Duck Specialist Group
In April 2012, 83 experts in duck research and conservation from the Wetlands International/ IUCN-SSC Duck Specialist Group, representing 21 countries, met in Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic, for the 3rd Pan- European Duck Symposium, a workshop on European seaduck conservation and a meeting of the Nordic Waterbirds and Climate Network. More information will be made available shortly here.
14th Goose Specialist Group Meeting a grand success
The 14th meeting of the Wetlands International/ IUCN-SSC
Goose Specialist Group (GSG) held in Steinkjer, Norway between 17–22 April 2012 was a grand success. More information will be made available shortly on http://www.gsg2012.com/
Report of the 7th Woodcock & Snipe Specialist Group Meeting
The 7th Woodcock & Snipe Workshop was held in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) from 16 to 18 May 2011. This meeting was organised by the Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage with the financial help of the Embassy of France in Russia and the Russian Association of Hunters and Fishermen. About 50 members of the Wetlands International/ IUCN-SSC Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group participated in the Workshop in order to review the knowledge on these game species. Twelve countries were represented: Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania, Switzerland, Estonia, Hungary, France. Due to the venue location, the Russian biologists formed a third of participants.
Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation
The award, amounting to € 10,000 is conferred every three years at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention. The Thesis Award will be presented at the 10th Conference of the Parties in 2011. More information here.
Report of the hugely successful 13th Goose Specialist Group Meeting
The 13th meeting of the Goose Specialist Group held jointly with the Goose, Swan and Duck Study Group (GSDSG) of northern Eurasia in Elista, Kalmykia (Russian Federation) between 24 and 29 March 2011 was a great success. A post-conference excursion to the Manych Lake on Saturday 29 March 2011 gave participants a chance to look at the steppe and wetland habitats and view the Red-breasted Goose, Lesser-White-fronted Goose, White-headed Duck and many other species that were migrating north at the time. Read more on the meeting
The Flamingo Specialist Group is now on Facebook (click here) and Twitter(@FlamingoSpecGrp)! And it has a new logo
(for more information about the FSG click here).
Fifty-five freshwater conservation biologists, research scientists, and specialists from zoos and aquariums, from 21 countries, met in Chester, UK in November for the 4th International Zoo and Aquarium Symposium ‘Global Freshwater Fishes: linking in situ and ex situ actions’. The meeting was hosted by Chester Zoo, the North of England Zoological Society and was held in conjunction with the 7th Annual Meeting of the IUCN Species Survival Commission / Wetlands International Freshwater Fish Specialist Group. For more information click here.
Deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Brooks Childress, former Chair Flamingo Specialist Group
Wetlands International is deeply saddened to report the loss of one of flamingo conservation's champions. Dr. Brooks Childress, former Chair of the IUCN/SSC Wetlands International Flamingo Specialist Group from November 2004 to July 2010, passed away in the early hours of 22 July 2011. Read more...
Two new species of freshwater fishes discovered in Vanua Levu now internationally recognized.
Two new scientific papers have been published in the last several months highlighting the discovery of two new species of freshwater fishes unique to Fiji and only known from two river systems in Vanua Levu. Wetlands International –Oceania staff Aaron Jenkins and Kinikoto Mailautoka, made the new discoveries as part of surveys for the Ecosystem Based Management project over the last several years. For more information, click here.
The Freshwater Fish Specialist Group is organising the 4th International Zoo and Aquarium Symposium - Global Freshwater Fish Conservation: linking in situ and ex situ actions. For more information, click here.
Wetlands International regrets the loss of Fang Fang Kullander
As Freshwater Fish SG Regional Vice Chair for China, Fang was a very active and energetic member of the group dedicated to fish conservation. Recently, Fang was fundamental to the success of the National Training Course on Identification and Conservation of Freshwater Fishes, held in the Philippines. She passed away late May 2010. To read on, please click here.
WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY (8-9 MAY 2010)
World Migratory Bird Day focuses on globally threatened migratory birds. For more details, please click here.
Congratulations to Bart Ebbinge, Goose SG Chair, who has been awarded the Golden Brent Goose Feather Award
Click here for more information
Wetlands International regrets the loss of Herby Kalchreuter
Wetlands International regrets the loss of one of its greatest supporters, Heribert (Herby) Kalchreuter. Herby was the Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group Chair some years ago. He passed away on 14 March 2010. Wetlands International will very much miss his sense of humour, enthusiasm and dedication to waterbird conservation. To read on, please click here.
"Follow the Bird Project"
Satellite tracking of Purple Herons that breed in the Netherlands and migrate to Western Africa. For more information, click here.
"Invisible Connections-Why Migrating shorebirds need the Yellow Sea"
For more information, click here.
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