Laboratory of Avian Ecology

The main research directions of the laboratory  are: 1) studies of the dynamics and spatial structure of bird populations and evaluation of population status; 2) studies of biological traits and behaviour in different seasons (migration, wintering, reproduction) and life stages and assessment of population functioning; 3) determination of the functional role of birds in ecosystems and studies of interactions with biotic and abiotic factors, as well as evaluation and forecasting of  reactions to anthropogenic activities; 4) studies of interspecies interactions of birds: competition, predation and hybridization; and 5) scientific justification of bird conservation and population management.

Research mostly focuses on breeding and wintering waterfowl, birds of prey, white storks and great reed warblers.

Bird research is carried out using traditional field research methods (observations, surveys, nest search and inspection, ringing), as well as telemetry research (satellite and GPS-GSM transmitters, activity loggers, geolocators).

In cooperation with other laboratories, genetic and parasitological studies of birds are also carried out.

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