#BOU2024 – Workshops

Urban birds

9 – 11 April 2024

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ECR Workshops

Day 1 | Tuesday 9 April 2024 | 1400 – 1700

We are running workshops for BOU ECR members on the afternoon before the conference gets started, including:

  • Fundamentals of Radio Tracking (Lotek UK): Join Sarah from Lotek UK to discover the fascinating world of radio telemetry. This workshop will cover the various types of tracking technologies used in wildlife conservation efforts, and demonstrate how they contribute to the preservation of biodiversity. Participants attending this workshop will gain insights into best practices, troubleshooting techniques, and effective data interpretation. Additionally, we will be conducting a hands-on practical to help you understand radio telemetry better! Whether you are an experienced wildlife biologist, a student exploring career paths or an amateur naturalist, this workshop is designed to equip you with the necessary tools to get started with this exciting technology.Registration required. Please contact Angela Langford to register for this workshop. Limited availability
  • Tricks of the trade: how to maximize the impact of your research (Arjun Amar, Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, South Africa). A dive into how the whole publications game works and what tweaks you can make to get your papers accepted and cited.
  • Media skills for ornithologists (Natalia Zielonka, RSPB). So, you’ve got your research published, but how do you get people talking about it? Play the game right by learning to blog and use social media to get your science seen.

Workshops will take place in The Exchange (Jubilee Campus, Nottingham University) from 1400-1700 BST on Tuesday 9 April.

Please contact Angela Langford to register for these workshops.

Wildlife Acoustics Workshop

Bioacoustics as a research tool for birds: from data collection to analysis
Day 2 | Wednesday 10 April 2024 | 1315 – 1400 | Paul Howden-Leach, Wildlife Acoustics

A workshop looking at bioacoustics as a research tool for the study of birds. The workshop will look at the potential of bioacoustics in general followed by a walk-through of some equipment and potential deployment options to fit in with a variety of standard and non-standard protocols. Case studies will be used, and attendees own specific deployment needs will be addressed to design the most appropriate schedule for their potential study. Following on from this the workshop will move on to data analysis using Kaleidoscope Lite and Kaleidoscope Pro. This element of the workshop will focus on signal extraction, rapid data analysis, and building species classifiers. No previous experience in bioacoustics is needed.

ECR Event

Day 2 | Wednesday 10 April 2024 | 1830 – 1945

Our annual roundtable event for ECRs, featuring an open bar, ECR goody bag and opportunity to speak with some of the wonderful people working within ornithology. No registration required, just show up on the day. Not to be missed!

Scientific Programme Committee

Christine Howard | Durham University, UK & BOU Meetings Committee (Chair)
Davide Dominoni | University of Glasgow, UK
Caroline Isaksson | Lund University, Sweden
Kate Plummer | British Trust for Ornithology, UK

Image credit: Top right, Juvenile Great Tit | Hédi Benyounes on Unsplash