The 2018 IWSG Small Grant winners
We are happy to announce that we have chosen to award the 2018 IWSG Small Grants to:
Thomas Mondain-Monval (UK) for the project “Identifying the wintering grounds of Common Sandpipers in the UK using stable isotope analysis“.
Through analyses of the stable isotope signature of feathers and toenails of common sandpipers the project looks to see 1) where birds breeding in Cumbria, UK, spend the winter and whether this influences reproductive success; (2) whether wintering birds primarily use coastal or inland habitats and (3) compare the wintering locations of birds identified through stable isotope analysis and geolocators.
Christian Höfs (Germany) and Tim van der Meer (Netherlands): “Dotterel distribution and site faithfulness in Ammanäs, Sweden“.
Through colour-ringing the project aims to highlight the site faithfulness of the Dotterel, coupled with a remote sensing based species distribution model, which predictions will be evaluated on the basis of the colour-ring study results. The ultimate aim is to shed light on the knowledge of the species distribution and predict their response to environmental change.
The IWSG Small Grant Committee received many interesting and worthy project proposals. We encourage all members to consider applying for the next round of IWSG Small Grants. It will be announced on this webiste and IWSG social media, when the 2019 round is open.
Featured image: Dotterel in the breeding grounds, ©Christian Hoefs.