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Nikolas Haass – Quiztime: What bird is that & which one is the odd one out?
In the first part of the quiz, Nikolas will show a quick sequence of bird photos and will ask the audience to identify the species shown. He will then show the same photos again and briefly explain what species they are and why.
In the second part, Nikolas will show a number of slides with multiple species. This time the task is to find the odd one out!
Robert Bush – Shorebirds and climate change: The time for action is now!
The changing climatic conditions in the Arctic influence the breeding success of shorebirds and at least in the case of the Red Knot, its anatomical size. The timing of migration in other shorebirds, like the Ruddy Turnstone, is also changing. This may be a response to changing climatic conditions. At stopover sites, and on Australian over-wintering sites, rises in sea temperature impact food supply, while increases in storms lead to changes in coastal habitat. Sea level rise is beginning to make roosting sites inaccessible during extreme king tides.
Robert’s presentation takes a number of case examples of observed changes and raises the question about how shorebird citizen scientists might address the need for new forms of field data collection to inform future conservation efforts in a changing climate.