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SM7: Final Conference, Mar 2015

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FINAL EURAPMON CONFERENCE

9 - 11 March, 2015, Murcia, Spain

 

This Final EURAPMON Conference provided an opportunity to share the outcomes and achievements of EURAPMON, an opportunity to build new connections and ideas for the future, and an opportunity to consider what next for EURAPMON.

 

Please find a FULL REPORT  including a LIST OF PARTICIPANTS of the conference HERE.

 

The Opening session provided a historical review of the development of the programme, its aims, results and achievements. Three invited plenary speakers presented overview of issues related to raptor research and monitoring including role of raptors as bioindicators, results of long-term monitoring of White-tailed Eagle in Sweden and past, current and future perspectives of contaminant monitoring using raptors. Over 20 posters presented by conference participants showcased the work of other (particularly younger) researchers and students.

Five Working Sessions were organized as workshops with emphasis on discussion and exchange of knowledge. The first session addressed the needs of EU-level users of raptor research and monitoring data and thus addressed EURAPMON work package (WP) 3. The purpose of this session was to build understanding among conference participants of user needs at EU level, and to provide pointers for any EURAPMON follow-on project towards future network activities that could benefit EU-level end users. The second workshop examined the potential for development of a pan-European contaminant monitoring using raptors and addressed WP1 and WP6. Sharing of best practice guidelines for raptor population monitoring in Europe (WP5) was addressed in the third workshop. The workshop was organized as a series of invited talks by selected monitoring coordinators around Europe, with discussion panels, as a step forward in spreading best practice for raptor monitoring in Europe. The fourth workshop on monitoring contaminants, emerging diseases and environmental change with raptors (including the use of scientific collections) and the links to human health addressed WP4 and WP5. The fifth workshop addressed WP4 and was aimed at setting strategic priorities for pan-European monitoring of raptor populations and demography with guidance for decision makers.

The closing session pulled together the conclusions from the working sessions and obtained a degree of consensus on future priorities for a possible follow-on to EURAPMON. The suggested elements for a COST Action were discussed and were broadly supported by the participants. The closing session provided significant material to inform the work of the EURAPMON Steering Committee in designing a possible follow-on to EURAPMON, and significant stimulus for participants to inform their future research and collaborations.

 

Conference Programme

DAY 1

Monday, 9 March 2015

Morning session – EURAPMON achievements:

9.00–9.30     Introduction talks (Dr. Al Vrezec, Mr. Guy Duke, host University of Murcia)

9.30-10.10    Plenary 1: The value of bioindicators - what role can raptors play? (Dr. David Noble, British Trust for Ornithology)

10.10-10.50  Plenary 2: Contaminant monitoring using raptors - past, current and future perspectives (Dr. Veerle Jaspers, Norwegian university of science and technology)

10.50-11.15   Coffee break (poster session of EURAPMON short-visits, EURAPMON summer school held at Naturalis and of different raptor research or monitoring topics)

11.15-11.30   The road EURAPMON community has travelled (Dr. Paola Movalli, Dr. Irena Bertoncelj)

11.30-11.45   Overview of EURAPMON achievements (Dr. Al Vrezec)

11.45-12.10   A review of raptor and owl monitoring activity across Europe: its implications for capacity building towards pan-European monitoring (Dr. Irena Bertoncelj, Dr. Maja Derlink)

12.10-12.35   An overview of existing raptor contaminant monitoring activities in Europe (Dr. Pilar Gómez-Ramírez)

12.35-13.00   Best practices on raptor contaminant monitoring activities in Europe (Dr. Silvia Espín)

13.00-14.30   Lunch break

14.30 – 17.30  Afternoon session – User Needs at EU and International Levels (Session leaders: Mr. Guy Duke and Dr. Dorte Herzke)

  • Mr. Guy Duke: “EU user needs for monitoring data on raptor populations in relation to the nature directives.”
  • Dr. Jose Tarazona: “Role of monitoring data with raptors in the EU environmental risk assessment of chemicals: Needs from regulatory scientific assessors.”

20.00-00.00   Social Dinner

 

DAY 2

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Morning session – future challenges for raptor monitoring 1:

9.00-9.10        Introduction to the workshops

9.10-12.10      Workshop 1 (parallel): Development of pan-European contaminant monitoring using raptors (Chair: Prof. Richard Shore)

9.10-12.10      Workshop 2 (parallel): Towards good practice guidance for raptor monitoring in Europe (Chair: Dr. Al Vrezec)

  • Dr. Amy Challis: “The Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme - recent developments in good practice multi-species monitoring.”
  • Dr. Ülo Väli, Jaanus Elts, Asko Lõhmus, Rein Nellis, Renno Nellis, Hannes Pehlak: “Raptor monitoring in Estonia, 1994-2014: Raptor Grid vs. common bird surveys.”
  • Mr. Jean-Paul Urcun: “Transpyr : a transboundary program for monitoring raptor populations through migration counts in the Pyrenees, focus on Organbidexka Pass.”
  • Dr. Michele Panuccio: “The migration of Honey Buzzards in southern Italy: results of different monitoring projects.”
  • Dr. Jan Ove Gjershaug: “Monitoring of Golden Eagle in Norway.”
  • Gabor Papp: “Monitoring of the Golden Eagle in Hungary.”
  • Dr. Al Vrezec: “Population monitoring of the Tawny Owl in Slovenia: playback and nestbox approach.”
  • Prof. Pertti Saurola: “Towards integrated population monitoring: productivity, survival and population change of the Finnish Tawny and Ural Owls.”

12.10-14.00    Lunch Break

 

Afternoon session – future challenges for raptor monitoring 2:

14.00-17.00    Workshop 3 (parallel): Monitoring contaminants, emerging diseases and environmental change with raptors (including the use of scientific collections) and the links to human health (Chair: Dr. Paola Movalli)

  • Dr. Paola Movalli: "Monitoring contaminants, emerging diseases and environmental change with raptors (including the use of scientific collections) and the links to human health."
  • Dr. Oliver Krone:“Contaminants in raptors as apex predators affecting human health.”
  • Dr. Debbie Pain: “Lead ammunition and Diclofenac: Case studies linking raptor, environmental and human health.”
  • Prof. Dan Osborn: “Raptors and human well-being”

14.00-17.00    Workshop 4 (parallel): Setting strategic priorities for pan-European monitoring of raptor populations and demography – guidance for decision-makers (Chair: Dr. Chris Wernham)

Invited speakers: Dr. Chris Wernham, Dr. Mark Wilson, Mr. András Kovács, Dr. David Noble, Dr. Staffan Roos.

 

DAY 3

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Morning session – raptors in the wild:

9.00-9.20        Wrap up of Workshop 1 (Prof. Richard Shore)

9.20-9.40        Wrap up of Workshop 2 (Dr. Al Vrezec)

9.40-10.00      Wrap up of Workshop 3 (Dr. Paola Movalli)

10.00-10.20    Wrap up of Workshop 4 (Dr. Chris Wernham)

10.20-11.10    Coffee break (poster session of EURAPMON short-visits, EURAPMON summer school held at Naturalis and of different raptor research or monitoring topics)

11.10-11.50     Plenary 3: Monitoring for and with the White-tailed Eagle in Sweden (Dr. Björn Helander, Swedish Museum of Natural History)

11.50-12.05    European Science Foundation point of view (Dr. Paola Campus)

12.05-12.25    Summary of the conference and future challenges (Mr. Guy Duke, Dr. Al Vrezec)

12.25-12.35    Conference conclusion (Dr. Al Vrezec)

12.35-14.00     Lunch Break

 

Afternoon session – field excursion:

14.30-18.00   Field excursion for participants