The 54th Congress of Ornithologists of Southeastern Poland!

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Participants of the 54th Congress of Ornithologists of South-Eastern Poland

On November 26-27, 2022, the 54th Congress of Ornithologists of Southeastern Poland took place in Krakow, at the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Biology of the University of Agriculture, located at al. Mickiewicza 24/28, which has been hosting us since 2010. This congress marked the 40th anniversary of our activity as the Ornithologists Club of Małopolska – affiliated with the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the Jagiellonian University, and the 30th anniversary of the formal registration of the Małopolska Ornithological Society. Approximately 120 people participated in the Congress.

The first point on the agenda was the election of a new MTO Board after the conclusion of the 4-year term set at the previous election. Previously, elections were held every 3 years. There was only one candidate nominated for the position of MTO president, Katarzyna Mikicińska.

Candidates elected to the Board are:
Katarzyna Mikicińska – President
Stanisław Broński – Board member
Krzysztof Haja – Board member
Anna Machut – Board member
Jacek Tyblewski– Board member
Kazimierz Walasz – Board member
Damian Wiehle – Board member

Stanisław Gacek – Audit Committee
Jerzy Wróbel – Audit Committee
Czesław Zontek – Audit Committee

As seen, half of the Board members and the president are new individuals, and they represent a younger age category, which raises hopes for long-term activity.

In the first presentation, Marian Stój provided an overview of his 30 years of research on the Golden Eagle in the Carpathian Mountains.

Then, Kazimierz Walasz briefly recounted the history of MTO, from its establishment in 1982 to its recent activities.

Stanisław Czyż provided a summary of information about rare non-committee species (i.e., species not subject to verification by the Faunistic Committee) in our region for the years 2021-2022.

In the next presentation, Kazimierz Walasz and Stanisław Czyż reported on the results of the "Program for the Study and Protection of the White Stork in Poland" carried out since 2019 by MTO. In 2022, the program extended to the entire country and included collaboration with ornithologists from Slovakia and Ukraine. In 2022, they ringed a total of 2,862 young storks in 997 nests across Poland, along with 3 adults and 21 young birds from rehabilitation centers. There were 28 teams involved in this work, including single ringers with support from other volunteers. Since 2019, we have ringed 4,570 storks and attached GPS-GSM transmitters to 15 individuals.

Józef Hordowski presented a fascinating historical overview of ornithology in the region, spanning from the 19th century to the years leading up to the establishment of the Małopolska Ornithological Society..

Karolina Skorb demonstrated, based on her own research, how artificial light from a large greenhouse can impact the behavior of birds in adjacent areas.

The final presentation was given by Paweł Morawiec, Piotr Nowak, and Bogusław Binkiewicz, who, of their own initiative, installed numerous nest boxes for the Little Owl (Athene noctua) and the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) in the agricultural landscape of the Małopolska Upland.

At the end of the Congress, Michał Adamowicz and Filip Chudzyński presented their own film titled "Kohut," which focuses on the Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) in the Tatra Mountains. The film attracted many people beyond the community of ornithologists. The conference hall was filled to capacity, and there were even a shortage of seats!

From 6:00 PM, there was a social event for the participants of the Congress at the Klub Kulturalny venue located at 25 Szewska Street in Krakow. The event brought together 50 people and lasted until late in the evening.

Author: Kazimierz Walasz

A photo report from the Congress is available in the section Gallery > Photos
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