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The below is subject to change. The final IOCongress programme will be published at the end of June 2022.

The study of migration and other forms of animal movement has largely, if not wholly, resorted to the attachment of objects or devices that aid in the latter identification of or data acquisition about that individual’s movement. In a rapidly changing world, information about the life-history of species is essential in directing conservation action. However, it is necessary to review the understanding that underpins the essential science of movement ecology. This round-table discussion provides a platform for open and interactive discussions with biologging practitioners, enthusiasts and the general scientific community.

Since the 1970s bird banding and recording bas been developing in Asian countries and the decline of some migratory species was noted in the 1990s. It was not until 2015 an international land bird monitoring scheme was established in East Asian countries (Russia, China, Republic of Korea and Japan). The scheme has the vision of detecting changes in populations of land bird species and their habitats for conservation purposes, in a scientifically robust fashion and it aims to cover other Asian countries along the East Asian Flyway. At the IOC of 2014 (Tokyo) and 2018 (Vancouver) we convened RTDs with useful discussions on developing and strengthening the monitoring scheme. We hope at this 2022 IOC RTD we will strengthen the links with monitoring schemes with other flyways, particularly with African-Eurasian Flyway where we share some important species such as the Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola).

Links to land bird monitoring

Leaflet on the Land Bird Monitoring Scheme in Asia (please contact Simba Chan )

Report of Japan Breeding Bird Atlas 2016-2021. We want to promote similar monitoring projects to other Asian countries

The International Ornithologists’ Union (IOU) has formed the Working Group on Avian Checklists (WGAC) whose primary purpose is to produce and maintain a web-based and open-access global checklist of birds and intended to serve as the benchmark reference for all taxa of the class Aves. It will classify the Aves from class to subspecies based on up-to-date, corroborative information on the phylogeny of birds and the differentiation of species and subspecies. It will also provide authors and references to the original description of all taxa of all ranks covered by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Type localities for species and subspecies, and type taxa for all ranks from subgenus to superfamily will be specified. Sources for taxonomic and nomenclatural decisions also will be referenced. The first stage of this ambitious project is to assess and reconcile different taxonomic treatments in the four extant major checklists:  eBird/Clements, IOC Checklist, BirdLife/HBW and Howard and Moore.

This Round Table will provide presentations of progress to date from team WGAC leaders and the process for reconciling the different treatments. The first stage is to produce a single consolidated list. Issue to be discussed in the Round Table will include: next steps; how to expand input assessing new taxonomic/systematic information for incorporation into the global list, potential roles of regional list aggregators, engagement with users and producers of taxonomic information. Input from professional ornithologists, citizen scientists, conservationists, policy makers and students is essential for the ongoing relevance of the Global List. 

Links to further information:

Conveners: Prof. Andrei V. Zinoviev, Prof. Ron A. Meyers

The purpose of the RTD is to bring the attention of the morphologists and all interested in the avian morphology to the WGAM. Established during IOC26 held in Japan in 2014, the WGAM is aimed to create and maintain a platform for (1) coordinating of studies in avian morphology worldwide from both basic and applied perspectives; (2) establishing and maintaining an Internet library for the exchange of publications among the members; (3) translating publications into English; and (4) updating a standardized nomenclature of avian anatomical terms.

Nico Arcilla, International Bird Conservation Partnership, Storövägen 13, Huddinge, Sweden

Many endangered and vulnerable bird species including vultures, other raptors, and hornbills persist predominantly in protected areas in Africa, as do many range-restricted and wintering migratory birds. Bird species richness and abundance are often considerably higher inside protected areas with ranger patrols compared to other areas. Empirical evaluations of conservation strategies are rare but urgently needed to mitigate and reverse current declines. Protected areas constitute a longstanding strategy for nature conservation, and targeted research assessing their successes and failures is essential to inform management decisions, such as where best to focus limited funding to protect biodiversity. Bird populations and communities make valuable indicators of protected area conservation effectiveness and also serve as excellent “ambassadors for biodiversity” that bring conservation benefits to areas where they occur and so help protect many other taxa.

What can bird research teach us about the success or failure of protected area management strategies, and how can we apply these lessons to improve conservation effectiveness on the ground? What are the biggest challenges and needs for bird conservation in protected areas? In this round table, we will review and compare research and experiences with the conservation status of birds in protected areas with different management strategies, particularly in Africa, site of the 28th IOCongress. The round table will kick off with four short (5-10 minute) presentations on the conservation status of birds in African protected areas, including in Togo, Ghana, and Cameroon. We will then open the floor to all round table participants to contribute and discuss lessons and observations from their own research and experiences experience with birds in protected areas in Africa and around the world. We will follow with questions and moderated discussion on priorities for future directions in research and conservation with a focus on opportunities for collaboration. We will summarize the group discussion in a document that will be distributed to participants after the congress.


Alan Lee (School of Life Sciences, UKZN, South Africa)
Adams Chaskda (APLORI, Nigeria)
Krista Oswald (Canada)

Scope and Aims

Home to 2700 or so species of birds, Africa is a special continent with a range of habitats and unique species. It can also be an extremely challenging continent to work on, with perhaps a greater range of threats to birds and researchers compared to any other continent. With a rapidly growing human population on the continent, ornithologists play a vital voice for the species they represent and their conservation. Yet, the continuing lack of ornithological research capacity across almost all Africa is a challenge to the people and wildlife of the continent. The roles of funding, culture, safety, political instability, and opportunity contributing to this situation are still poorly understood.

Is African based research getting the international attention it deserves? There may be an unconscious bias against ornithology stemming from the continent, as an analysis of prestige rankings shows journals with ‘Africa’ in the title have significantly lower scores compared to those with ‘American’. In this age of #BLM, it is time to identify and address conscious and unconscious bias against research conducted on the continent and advertise the multitude of research opportunities and partnerships available to local and international ornithologists.

Regional challenges may differ, so we welcome a range of stake-holders to offer their viewpoints on the subject.

This round table aims to:

  1. Identify barriers to entry into ornithology in order to propose solutions which advance ornithological research in Africa.
  2. Identify partners and opportunities which will strengthen collaboration between African and International organizations and institutions.
  3. Identify key gaps in African ornithological research to give direction to future and emerging researchers.
  4. Identify bias and actions steps to address these.
  5. The outcomes of this workshop will be synthesized in a short paper to be submitted to a suitable (African) journal.

Link to pre roundtable workshop survey: