The Waterbird Society will hold its 37th  annual meeting from 24 - 29 September 2013 in Germany for the first time. The Institute of Avian Research “Vogelwarte Helgoland”, one of the oldest ornithological research institutes in the world, will be the host. The meeting venue is the Stadthalle, located in the centre of Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast.

Main topics of the three day scientific program will be life history, migration and flyways, contamination and conservation of waterbirds. Excellent plenary speakers and interesting symposia form the basis of an attractive program, enriched by contributed papers and posters.

The opening reception will be held on the evening of Tuesday 24 September, the closing banquet on 28 September. Saturday 28 September will be a joint scientific day with the International Wader Study Group (IWSG) annual conference (27 - 30 September).

Wilhelmshaven can be reached easily by train from the airports Bremen, Hamburg, Hannover, Frankfurt or Amsterdam. Wilhelmshaven is located adjacent to the “Wadden Sea National Park of Lower Saxony”, a World Heritage site. There will be good opportunities to experience the rich biodiversity of the Wadden Sea, which provides critical habitat for both breeding and migrating waterbirds along the East-Atlantic Flyway. Mid-conference field trips will be offered on Friday 27 September. Exhibitors, including book and equipment suppliers, will be present during the meeting.

We welcome you to join us in Wilhelmshaven in September 2013! News: Final Programme and Abstracts are available! [click here] 
Ian Nisbet is going to sell and/or sign his book "Terns" by D. Cabott & Ian Nisbet on Wednesday evening after his plenary talk.

The 37th annual meeting of The Waterbird Society is organized by the Institute of Avian Research “Vogelwarte Helgoland”, The Waterbird Society and the International Wader Study Group in cooperation with the National Park Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer and the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, Wilhelmshaven