The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is the only cosmopolitan species of the Threskiornithidae family (ibis and spoonbills) and among the most widely distributed bird species in the world. Nonetheless, no knowledge exists on the intraspecific phylogeny and very little is known about the (meta)populations dynamics. We aim to fill this and other gaps on the species by setting up a research network. In particular, we aim to increase our knowledge of the species and to use the Glossy ibis as a novel model species to investigate ecological responses to abrupt environmental changes. This network will also serve to share information and delineate lines of investigation to increase our knowledge of Glossy Ibis biology and using it as a model species to address ecological and evolutionary questions.
A three-day workshop will be held in November 2017 at the Doñana Biological Park (South Spain), a marshland area of great importance for many migratory and sedentary bird species. This initiative is under the auspices of, and in collaboration with the Doñana Biological Station, and the IUCN Stork Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group. The aim of the workshop is promoting the creation of a research network on the Glossy ibis, one of the most cosmopolitan but also least studied landbird species in the world. Please see the short document below where the aim of the workshop and network are explained in more detail.
This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.