Welcome to Singapore, the venue of the 89th Meeting of “I and the Bird”. This is an auspicious occasion as it marks the first time members are meeting in Asia. We hope all of you will stay around for the post-conference tours to experience our avian biodiversity.
We apologise to members for our inability to host the 85th meeting. The local venue was forcibly shut down about a week before the meeting was scheduled. Apparently, the high traffic arriving at BESG was said to be causing serious disruptions to the general traffic. So there was a massive traffic jam. We were back in business on the same day the meeting opened in the US – thanks to 100,000 Birds for agreeing to host the meeting at the very last moment.
The current three-day meeting will see a diverse of papers presented on various subjects on birds and their relationship to people. Each participant will be given 15 minutes to present his or her paper after which there will be a short discussion. At the end of the presentations, there will be a general discussion.
SESSION 1: Why do birds do what they do?
SESSION 2: Why do birds come and go when they do?
SESSION 3: Why do birders do what they do?
2. James of The Wingbeat, US: Ghana.
A total of 25 participants, of which 17 comes from the US, three from Australia, and one each from India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Obviously we need to get more participants from outside the US.
Should we keep the conference small and thus easy to manage or enlarge it? If the latter, how do we encourage more bird bloggers from outside the US to participate.
26th November 2008