Events and news

Events and news

33rd IUGB (International Union of Game Biologists) Congress and 14th Perdix Congress were organized in Montpellier in August 2017. Wetland Ecology Group was well represented. Stella Thompson gave a talk titled “Ecosystem services provided by beavers (Castor spp.)” (read more from our blog) and Sari Holopainen gave a talk titled “Habitat change and population decline in breeding wigeon Anas penelope” (blog).

Former and current Wetland Ecology Group members in IUGB. Samuli Karppinen (Metsähallitus), Sari Holopainen and Stella Thompson © Sari Holopainen

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The 27th year of Swedish-Finnish duck research cooperation was launched 27.-29.3.2017 in Furuboda in Scania, Sweden.  The group established by emeritus professor  Kjell Sjöberg, professor Johan Elmberg, research professor Hannu Pöysä and researcher Petri Nummi has come together once/twice a year for workshops. The group has produced multiple scientific articles during these years. In addition, they have published popular articles both in Swedish and Finnish. Five PhD students have grown up under the wings of the group.  The workshop of spring 2017 was funded by Suomalais-ruotsalainen kulttuurirahasto (Finnish-Swedish cultural foundation).

Workshop days were started with observing spring migration in Furuboda © Sari Holopainen

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Riistapäivät järjestettiin  Kuopiossa 18.-19.1.2017. Teemana oli tänä vuonna Hyvinvoiva riistalajisto – kestävä riistatalous. Ohjelmaan ja mm. Sari Holopaisen esitykseen “Boreaaliset vedet Euroopan sorsien tuottajina – mitä kannat kertovat elinympäristöjen muutoksesta” voi tutustua täältä.

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Tervetuloa perinteiseen Riistailtapäivään Metsätieteiden talolle (seminaarihuone 11) perjantaina 9.12.2016 klo 13.15-16.30.

Tänä vuonna tilaisuudessa esitellään kosteikkotutkimuksia ja pohditaan kuka riistakantoja verottaa.

Tilaisuus on kaikille avoin. Riistailtapäivästä voi ansaita opintopisteen (1 op) kurssille MER213 (Metsä- ja riistaeläintieteen erikoiskurssit) kirjoittamalla kaikista esitelmistä pohdiskelevan tiivistelmän. Tiivistelmät palautetaan yliopistonlehtori Petri Nummelle.

Riistailtapäivän ohjelma
Tervetuloa!

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Dissertation by Mia Vehkaoja “Beaver in the drainage basin: an ecosystem engineer restores wetlands in the boreal landscape” on 10th June 2016 at 12 o’clock noon in University of Helsinki, Viikki Campus, Lecture Room 3, B building, Latokartanonkaari 7. Welcome!

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Luova pre-defence minisymposium “The return of beavers and their ecological effects”

Time: Thursday 9th June, 2016, starting at 12:00 to 15:30
Venue: University of Helsinki Viikki Campus, Lecture Room 3, B building, Latokartanonkaari 7

Speakers: Carol A. Johnston, Professor, South Dakota State University
Janne Sundell, Director of Lammi Biological Station, University of Helsinki
Lauri Arvola, Professor, Lammi Biological Station, University of Helsinki
Petri Nummi, University lecturer, University of Helsinki

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Dissertation by Milla Niemi “Animal-vehicle collisions – from knowledge to mitigation” on 1st of April 2016 showed that dry paths under roads effectively reduce traffic mortality of terrestrial vertebrates. Read the abstract from the web pages of the Department of Forest Sciences (in english, in finnish).

Dry path leads animals safely pass the road. © Sari Holopainen
Dry path leads animals safely pass the road. © Sari Holopainen

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Mia Vehkaoja was one of the Slush Science Pitching finalists, competing at the Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki. Her pitch was on the role of drones in wetland conservation.

Mia Vehkaoja at the Slush Science Pitching competition. © Skolar Kaskas Media
Mia Vehkaoja at the Slush Science Pitching competition. © Skolar Kaskas Media

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Petri Nummi acted as the opponent for Kristijn Swinnen , who defended his dissertation titled “The return of the European beaver (Castor fiber) in Flanders, Belgium: ecology and risk assessment” at the University of Antwerpen.

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Perinteinen Riistailtapäivä pidettiin Metsätieteiden talolla (seminaarihuone 13) perjantaina 11.12. klo 13.15-16.30.

Tänä vuonna tilaisuudessa esiteltiin mm. metsähanhen nykytilaa, susikonfliktia meillä ja USA:ssa, UAV-koptereiden hyödyntämistä tutkimuksessa sekä Luken tutkimusjohtaja Vesa Ruusila kertoi riistantutkimuksen uusista tuulista.

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Wary bird nests successfully in heavily visited national park – with help from scientists

New record of breeding red-throated loon pairs was counted in 2015 in the Nuuksio National Park near Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The new record is 15 pairs. The breeding numbers of the red-throated loon have been increasing in Nuuksio during the last two decades.  During this time researchers have made several peat-rafts that offer safe nest places for the loons. The loons succeed to breed even though visitor number in the Park has been in strong increase; there were 267 400 visitors in the park in 2013, while in 1997 the number was 60 000. When the research started in 1994 there were only a one breeding loon pair. Park visitors can now enjoy mystical singing of the loons, but they should remember to keep the Park clean. Last year a young loon tangled in a fishing line was saved by researchers.

Read more from our blog: Wary bird nests successfully in heavily visited national park – with help from scientists

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Awards to Wetland Ecology Group

Success in PEDS4:
Best student poster – Mia Vehkaoja and Stella Thompson
Best student talk on conservation – Sari Holopainen

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Picture: Esa Pienmunne
Photo: Esa Pienmunne

Sari Holopainen (right) defended her PhD thesis Duck habitat use and reproduction in boreal wetlands: importance of habitat quality and population density on March 13th 2015. Professor Anthony Fox acted as the opponent, and professor Kari Heliövaara as the custos. The thesis is available at http://www.metla.fi/dissertationes/df190.htm

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Luova pre-defence minisymposium Living on a flyway: habitat processes and bird population dynamics from breeding to wintering grounds 12.3.2015

Opening words, Sari Holopainen, University of Helsinki

Finding variability in the permanent: waterbirds and boreal floods, Dr Petri Nummi, University of Helsinki

Fast ducks, slow ducks or just ducks? Life history and population dynamics, Prof Hannu Pöysä, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Arriving to the breeding grounds: when and where, and what next?, Dr Toni Laaksonen, University of Turku

Habitat-specific population trajectories in boreal waterbirds: alarming trends and bioindicators for wetlands, Dr Aleksi Lehikoinen, Finnish Museum of Natural History

Recent shifts in wintering distributions of common dabbling and diving duck species in northwest Europe, Prof Anthony Fox, Aarhus University

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