Dear Swift friends,

We are delighted to share with you the almost final program of the 5th International Swift conference, after the conference committee approval (see hereunder).
By now we have 89 registered participants and we are hoping to reach 100!

We are really excited to host all of you in March 2018 in Israel and we wish you all a Happy New Year!

SWIFT YOU SOON in Israel!

Amnonn Hahn          Yossi Leshem          Dan Alon

 

 

Papers

1.     Keynote speakers (26 mins + 4 mins questions)

2.     Lecture (17 mins + 3 mins questions)

3.     Posters

 

Program outline

Sunday, March 11th

16:00 – 19:00

Registration

19:30 – 21:30

Evening get together festive event at Ruth Daniel Residence

 

 

Monday, March 12th

09:00 – 09:30

Greetings [not yet confirmed]:
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Dr. Yossef Dreiznin, Director-General of the Ministry of Regional Cooperation
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Noam Tibon, Chairman of Tel Aviv Global
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal, Chairman of the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC)
Iris Hahn – CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)
Edward Mayer – Swift Conservation UK.

09:30–10:00

Sussane Akkesson: Swift Migration Routes updates [not yet confirmed]

10:00–10:30

Dick Newell: What do we know about Swifts' nest boxes?

10:30–11:00

Coffee break

11:00–11:20

Mark Smyth: A walk on the wild Side: Swift nesting in natural landscape

11:20–11:40

Lynda Huxley: Swifts in Eire

11:40–12:00

Ninon Ballerstadt: Swift's Sleeping behavior

12:00–12:20

Judith Wakelam: 15 years of rehabilitating Swifts at my home

12:20–12:40

Edward Mayer: A new Swift Column for modern built environment

12:40–13:00

Christoph Meir: Migratory schedule of different Alpine Swifts 

13:00–14:30

Lunch break

14:30–14:50

Mark Coreth: The Tree Of Hope – A Swifts' Project 

14:50–15:10

Alexandru Stahl: Mauerseglerklinik Frankfurt, Mastering Swift rehabilitation

15:10–15:30

Marco Cucco: Citizen-Science Swift Conservation in Italy. Long term study

15:30–15:50

Thomas Starkmann: C. Swift nesting sites conservation in Vienna                   

15:50–16:20

Coffee break

16:20–16:40

Katja Schmieder: Differences between European and American Swifts

16:40–17:00

Dr. Nir Sapir+Ittai Bloch Tel Aviv Swifts' Migration route

17:00–18:00

Poster Session

18:30-19:30

Dinner

19:30–22:00

Guided tour of Jaffa's Old City

 

 

Tuesday, March 13th

06:00

Early morning birding tour before breakfast [optional]

07:00–08:00

Breakfast

09:00–09:30

Yossi Leshem + Amnonn Hahn: A Swift way to Peace

09:30–10:00

Peter Cush: An overview of Apus apus & Apus apus pekinensis

10:00–10:20

Mansour Abu Rashid & Imad Atrash: Birding activities in Jordan and in the Palestinian Authority

10:20–10:50

Coffee break

10:50–11:10

Elena Markitani : Swift pojects in Cyprus

11:10–11:30

Lukas Viktoria: Does it really work? A study in the Czech Republic 

11:30–11:50

Larry Schwitters: Audubon's Vaux's Happening Project

11:50–12:10

Parcharidou Effrosyni: Swift friendly buildings in Thessaloniki

12:10–12:30

Stefano Pesaro: Multi-facetted approach for Swift conservation in Italy

12:30–12:50

Lothar Schiffler: Airlines – Bird Tracks in the air

12:50–14:00

Lunch break

14:00–18:00

Swift tour in Tel Aviv to: (1) IDF Headquarters and Sarona to learn about the Nature Defense Forces and their connection to swifts and heritage sites; (2) Nesting boxes at the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) directorate building and walk to Schiff House with online cameras in Common Swift nests

19:30

Free evening in Jaffa

 

 

Wednesday, March 14th

06:00–23:00

Tour to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea:

  • Jerusalem Bird Observatory – ringing station in the Israeli Parliament grounds

  • Wadi Kelt (a gorge in the Judean Desert between Jerusalem and Jericho) to see three swift species: Alpine, Little and Pallid Swifts

  • Swifts Welcoming Ceremony at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

Greetings [not yet confirmed]:
Mr. Reuven Rivlin – President of Israel
MK Tzachi Hanegbi – Minister of Regional Cooperation

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz – Rabbi of the western wall

  •  St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, Muristan, The Christian Quarter – The Tree of Hope – the olive tree swift sculpture and closing event with dinner and Middle Eastern music.


Thursday, March 15th

07:00–08:30

Breakfast

09:00–09:30

Mauro Ferri: Swift artificial nests since medieval times

09:30–09:50

Kevin Prince: X-ray fluorescence study on Swifts' feathers

09:50–10:10

Kasia Szczypa: Vitamin B deficiency and hand rearing Swifts

10:10–10:40

Coffee break

10:40-13:00

Open discussion incl. voting for the 2020 Intl. Conference location

13:00 –

Lunch and free afternoon & evening in Tel Aviv- Jaffa

 

 

March 16th

 

Optional tour to see the Griffon Vultures in Mt. Carmel and Little Swifts nesting in the Hula Valley in north Israel as well as many more local and migrating birds

PRICE: €40 (including bus and professional guide)

 

March 17th-20th

Optional 4-day tour (3 nights) from Tel Aviv via the Negev to Eilat to view the amazing migration as part of the Eilat 2018 International Spring Migration Festival; accommodation at Eilat's excellent Agamim hotel; price includes half board, bus, professional guides and participation in all the festival events

PRICE: €755 per person in double room / €1,065 per person in single room