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IBOC 2019 – the world's bird observatories flock together

The third International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC) takes place in Eilat, Israel on March 28th to April 1st 2019. After very successful IBOCs in Falsterbo, Sweden in 2014 and Cape May, USA in 2017, the third IBOC will once again host attendees from all over the world - including personnel from bird observatories, ringing stations and research facilities, outreach specialists, experts in front-line monitoring technology and many others involved in the study of bird migration.


From small, voluntary operations to high tech research laboratories, IBOC brings together the global bird migration community with four days of speakers, workshops, social events (and great birding!), and aims to provide the means by which otherwise disparate projects and operations from across the globe can exchange ideas, provide mutual support, discuss collaboration and forge partnerships.


IBOC is open to all who meet the general criteria,  last time bringing together over 100 delegates from 75 observatories across five continents. The conference has been organised to follow on seamlessly from the 2019 Champions of the Flyway international bird race, which will be raising funds to help projects save Africa's vultures, allowing attendees to take part in both events and experience peak-time passage at this world famous migration bottleneck.


Mark Pearson, IBOC digital media co-ordinator


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