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Professor Ian Newton
Topic : “The ecology of raptor migration”

Ian earned a Ph.D. at Oxford University under the tutelage of David Lack. He mainly studied finches during the 1960s, and his interest in that group has continued to the present time. Beginning in the 1970s, he conducted extensive research on the long-term impacts of organochlorine pesticides on several raptor species and on the population ecology of the Eurasian Sparrowhawk. In 1979, he produced the classic book, Population ecology of raptors, and a comprehensive monograph on the Eurasian Sparrowhawk followed in 1986. From 1989-2000, he headed the Avian Biology Section at the Monks Wood Research Station and has continued his research on raptors since his "retirement" in 2000. He has authored or co-authored 13 books, published over 300 technical papers, and has made frequent TV and radio appearances. His most recent book, on Bird populations won the ‘Ecology book of the year award’ of the British Ecological Society. He has served as President of the British Ornithologists' Union and the British Ecological Society, as Chairman of the RSPB, The Peregrine Fund, the British Trust for Ornithology and SAVE (concerned with Asian vulture conservation). He has received numerous awards, including Order of the British Empire, the Union Medal and Goodman-Salvin Medal of the British Ornithologists' Union, and the Elliot Coues Award of the American Ornithologists' Union.

Dr.Keith L. Bildstein

Topic : “The movement ecology of scavenging birds of prey: examples from the Americas and Africa.”

Keith L. Bildstein is Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA, where he oversees the Sanctuary’s conservation science and education programs, and coordinates the activities of its graduate students, international interns, and visiting scientists. Bildstein received his B.S. in Biology at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1972, and his Masters and Ph. D. in Zoology from the Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, in 1976 and 1978. He currently is Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Biology at the State University of New York-Syracuse. He was Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1978, and Distinguished Professor of Biology at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 1978 to 1992. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and has been President of the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Waterbird Society, and Vice-president of the Raptor Research Foundation. Bildstein edited the Wilson Bulletin, a quarterly journal of ornithology, from 1984 through 1987, and was a member of the editorial board of The Auk, the AOU’s journal, in 1997-2000. He has helped organize the scientific programs of seven national and seven international ornithological meetings. Bildstein has authored or coauthored more than 150 papers in ecology and conservation, including more than 50 on raptors. His books include White Ibis: wetland wanderer (1993), The raptor migration watch-site manual (1995 [with Jorje Zalles]), Raptor watch: a global directory of raptor migration sites (2000 [with Jorje Zalles]), Migrating raptors of the world: their ecology and conservation (2006), and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: a conservation success story (2014 [with Jim Brett]). His co-edited works include Conservation and Biology of Flamingos (2000), Hawkwatching in the Americas (2001), Neotropical Raptors (2007), Raptor Research and Management Techniques (2007), and State of North America’s Birds of Prey (2008).

Professor Yossi Leshem
Topic : “Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries” - From a Local to Global Scale

When Israelis mention birds, the name Yossi Leshem is never far off. A world renowned ornithologist, Leshem has been involved in many aspects of nature conservation, with an emphasis on bird research, for close to 43 years. A PhD study on migrating birds in 1980 led the 67-year-old Leshem on a lifelong quest to reduce collisions between aircraft and birds. His doctoral research on migrating soaring bird flocks based on his oft-repeated slogan “Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries,” has resulted in a decrease of 76 percent in the number of collisions with aircraft caused by birds, and has saved over one billion dollars, not to mention the numbers of lives, both human and avian. In 2005, Leshem won the Mike Kuhring Prize for his achievements in improving flight safety and for his mission to connect safety with nature conservation. In 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection as part of Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Leshem has several other bird-related pursuits as well. In cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, he is involved in educational activities in some 250 schools and is introducing Barn Owls and kestrels nesting boxes to large farms as pest control agents. About 3,000 nesting boxes are currently set up across Israel. Leshem is also studying ecology of nesting diurnal raptors in Israel. Leshem worked at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) for 25 years, as a guide, as director of a Field Study Center, as head of the Nature Protection Department, initiator and director of the Israel Raptor Information Center between 1980 and 1991, and as the executive director of the SPNI between 1991 and 1995. In addition, he’s a professor at the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, and is the founder and director of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration. 


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