Conference committee

  • Amnonn Hahn – Director, The Friends Of The Swifts Association (FOTS)
  • Dan Alon – Director, Israel Ornithological Center (IOC), Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)
  • Edward Mayer – Swift Conservation, UK
  • Dr. Nir Sapir – University of Haifa
  • Dr. Mauro Ferri – Italy
  • Sorrel Ritter – Conference coordinator, SPNI
  • Prof. Yossi Leshem – SPNI, Tel Aviv University

 

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

2.     Lectures (17 mins + 3 mins questions)

3.     Posters (on display in poster area)

 

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

Iris Hann – CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)

Edward Mayer – Swift Conservation UK.

09:30 – 10:00

Christoph Meier – Migratory schedule of different Alpine Swifts 

10:00 – 10:30

Dick Newell – What do we know about Swift Nest Boxes?

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:20

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

11:20 – 11:40

Lynda Huxley – Swifts in Ireland

11:40 – 12:00

Ninon Ballerstadt – Swifts' sleeping behavior

12:00 – 12:20

Judith Wakelam – 15 years of rehabilitating Swifts in my home

12:20 – 12:40

Edward Mayer – A new Swift Column for the modern built environment

12:40 – 13:10

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

13:15 – 14:45

Lunch break

14:45 – 15:05

Mark Coreth – The Tree of Hope – A Swift Project 

15:05 – 15:25

Alexandru Stahl – Mauerseglerklinik Frankfurt: Mastering Swift rehabilitation

15:25 – 15:45

Marco Cucco – Citizen-Science: Swift Conservation in Italy

15:45 – 16:05

Thomas Starkmann – Common Swift nesting sites conservation in Vienna

16:05– 16:35

Coffee break

16:35 – 16:55

Katja Schmieder – Differences between European and American Swifts

16:55 – 17:15

Itai Bloch & Nir Sapir – Insights from ATLAS tracking of foraging Little swifts in the Hula Valley, Israel

17:15 – 18:15

Poster Session

18:30 – 19:30

Dinner

19:30 – 22:00

Guided tour of Jaffa's Old City

 

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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

Chris Huxley – Some aspects of the breeding biology of the swifts of County Mayo, Ireland

10:00 – 10:20

Gen. (Ret.) Mansour Abu Rashid & Imad Atrash – Birding activities in Jordan and the Palestinian Authority

10:20 – 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 – 11:10

Elena Markitani – Swift projects in Cyprus

11:10 – 11:30

Lukas Viktora – Does it really work? A study in the Czech Republic 

11:30 – 11:50

Diane Yorgason-Quinn (presented on behalf of Larry Schwitters) – Audubon's “Vaux's Happening” Project

11:50 – 12:10

Parcharidou Effrosyni – Swift friendly buildings in Thessaloniki, Greece

12:10 – 12:30

Stefano Pesaro – A multi-facetted approach to 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 include: (1) Swift “Living Wall” at Catzenelzon School; (2) IDF Headquarters to learn about the Nature Defense Forces and their connection to Swifts and heritage sites; (3) 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

 

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Thursday, March 15th

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

08:45 – 09:05

Gert de Yong – How to conduct a census of Swifts in a city like Amsterdam, The Netherlands

09:05 – 09:25

Mauro Ferri – Artificial Swift nests from Medieval period up to modern times

09:25 – 09:45

Kevin Prince – X-ray fluorescence study of Swifts' feathers

09:45 – 10:05

Francisco Javier Saez Frayssinet – The protection of Apus Apus in Segovia, Spain

10:05 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 13:00

Open discussion including voting for the 2020 International 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 bird 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]

 

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