Program VII european Crane Conference (14. 17. 10. 10) Ecwg participants arrival

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Program VII European Crane Conference (14.-17.10.10)

ECWG Participants arrival, Younior-Hotel Stralsund, Tribseer Damm 78, 18439 Hansestadt Stralsund, Phone +49 (0) 38 31 - 27 82 99
16:00 Conference registration at conference desk at Younior-Hotel, Stralsund (Jane Fanke, Anja Nowald & Norman Donner)

18:30 Dinner, Younior-Hotel
20:00 Slide show: Ingolf Stodian, National Park “Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft”

15th Oct, Friday

08:00 Conference registration at conference desk at Younior-Hotel, Stralsund (Jane Fanke, Anja Nowald & Norman Donner)

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 - 09:30 Opening of the VII European Crane Conference and information.
Hartwig Prange, President ECWG

Günter Nowald, Introduction and general information

Kranich-Patenschule Altenpleen: Der Tanz der Kraniche (Crane Dancing) ANGEFRAGT

09:30 - 11:00 Plenary presentations (20 min: talks including dicussion, Chairman: Juan Carlos Alonso & Hartwig Prange)
09:30 – 09:50 Current status of Eurasian Cranes in Sweden: breeding, resting, and colour banding. Sigvard Lundgren
09:55 – 10:15 Cranes in Finland: breeding, resting, and colour banding. n.n.
10:20 – 10:40 Cranes in Denmark: breeding, and resting. Yesper Toft

10:40 – 11:00 coffee break

11:00 - 13:00 Plenary presentations (20 min: talks including dicussion, Chairman: George Archibald & Wolfgang Mewes)
11:00 – 11:20 Monitoring of the Eurasian Crane in Estonia: methods and last results. Aivar Leito, Ivar Ojaste & Indrek Põder
11:25 – 11:45 Cranes in Poland: breeding, and resting, n.n.
11:50 – 12:10 Current status of Eurasian Cranes in Germany: breeding, resting, and colour banding, Wolfgang Mewes, Hartwig Prange & Günter Nowald
12:15 – 12:30 Cranes in France: breeding, resting, and wintering, Alain Salvi
12:35 – 12:50 Forty years of cranes migration in Limousin France. Alain Gendeau

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch, Younior-Hotel Stralsund

14:30 – 16:05 Presentations from the National Groups (20 min: talks including dicussion, Chairman: Sigvard Lundgren & Norman Donner)
14:30 – 14:50 Common cranes wintering in Arjuzanx area. Patrick Dulau
14:55 – 15:15 Cranes in Spain: resting, and wintering, n.n.
15:20 – 15:40 Crane resting and agriculture at Rhinluch. Ekkerhard Hinke, Jane Fanke & Jana Albrecht
15:45 – 16:05 Cranes in the Diepholzer Moorniederung. Friedhelm Niemeyer et al.

16:05 – 16:25 coffee break

16:25 – 18:00 Presentations from the National Groups (20 min: talks including dicussion, Chairman: Clas Hermansson & Eberhard Henne)
16:25 – 16:45 Cranes at Hula Valley: Banding, tracking and wintering. Itai Shanni
16:50 – 17:10 Crane migration on the Adriatic Flyway. Borut Stumberger & Martin Schneider-Jacoby
17:15 – 17:35 The Great Crane Project. Damon Bridge
17:40 – 18:00 Current status of Eurasian Cranes in Europe: final summary about breeding, resting, wintering and conservation. Hartwig Prange, Wolfgang Mewes & Günter Nowald

18:30 – 19:30 Official Opening (Meeresmuseum “Unterm Wal”)

Dr. Harald Behnke (Direktor Meeresmuseum - Begrüßung)

Prof. Hartwig Prange (President ECWG – Offizielle Eröffnung)

Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel (Schirmherr)*

Dr. Alexander Badrow (Oberbürgermeister Hansestadt Stralsund, Grußworte)*

Ralf Drescher (Landrat Nordvorpommern, Grußworte)*

Thomas Tennhardt (NABU Vicepresident, Grußworte)

Thomas Neumann (WWF Manager, Grußworte)

Lutz Laemmerhold (Lufthansa General Manager environmental sponsoring programme Grußworte)


19:30 Official dinner (Meeresmuseum “Unterm Wal”)

16th Oct, Saturday
06:00 – 08:00 Car-excursion to the crane roost “Werder- Bock islands” with Norman Donner (limitation of participants, please ask at the conference desk while registration)

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast, Younior-Hotel Stralsund

09:00 – 12:20 Presentations Behavior, Systematic, Diseases (Chairman: Zsolt Végvári

& Günter Nowald)
09:05 – 09:25 Developement trend of the Eurasien Crane population in NE-Germany. Günter Nowald & Norman Donner
09:30 – 09:50 Causes of Morbidity and Mortality in Eurasian Cranes (Grus grus) from Germany at the centre of conflicts with human interests. Jane Fanke
10:00 – 10:20 New approaches for crane monitoring. Martin Haase, Angela Schmitz, Wolfgang Mewes, Norman Donner & Günter Nowald
10:25 – 10:45 The partnership of the common crane – only once in its life? Beate Blahy & Eberhard Henne

10:50 – 11:05 coffee break

11:05 – 12:20 Presentations from the National and regional Groups (Chairman: Emmanuel le Roy & Wolfgang Martin Boerner)
11:10 – 11:30 Problems of systematic of the Common Crane. Valentin Yu. Ilyashenko
11:35 – 11:55 N.N.
12:00 – 12:20 N.N.

12:20 – 12:35 coffee break

12:35 – 14:00 Presentations from the National and regional Groups (Chairman: Patrick Duleau & Hartwig Prange)
12:35 – 12:55 Cranes wintering (Grus grus) in the High Plains complex east of Algeria. Hafid Hinda
12:55 – 13:15 Ecology of wintering Commons Cranes Grus grus in Algeria (North Africa). Houhamdi Moussa, Baaziz Naima, Hafid Hinda, Maazi Mohamed-Chérif, Seddik Sihem, Mayache Boualem, Chefrour Azzeddine et Saheb Menouar
13:15 – 13:35 Changing the distribution of Common Crane and Demoiselle Crane in the South of Ukraine. Yuriy Andryushchenko
13:35 – 13:55 Results of questionnaire on Eurasian Crane staging areas in European Part of Russia. Elena Ilyashenko

14:00 - 15:30 Lunch, Younior-Hotel Stralsund
16:00 Excursion, Boat trip to the crane roost “Werder-Bock islands”
20:30 Dinner, Younior-Hotel Stralsund
21:30 Open meeting of the European Crane Banding Group

17th Oct, Sunday
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 11:20 Presentations: Agriculture and cranes, International Crane Conservation Projects (Chairman: Elena Ilyashenko & Wolfgang Mewes)
09:05 – 09:25 Development of the wintering population of the Common Crane in central France and agricultural changes. Sébastien Merle
09:30 – 09:50 Dependence of cranes on arable lands and the crop damage problem in Estonia. Aivar Leito, Ivar Ojaste & Indrek Põder
09:55 – 10:15 Biology and ecology of Cranes: Wattled Cranes (Grus carunculatus), Black-crowned Cranes (Balearica pavonina), and Eurasian Cranes (Grus grus) at Lake Tana, Ethiopia. Shimelis Aynalem, Gϋnter Nowald & Werner Schröder
10:20 – 10:40 Conservation of the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane. Scott G. Hereford
10:45 – 11:05 N.N.

11:05 – 11:20 coffee break and snack

11:20 - 14:00 Workshop session: Ringing, Tracking, Recoveries (Chairman: Javier A. Alonso & Günter Nowald)
11:25 – 11:50 Marking of cranes in Estonia: capacity and last results. Ivar Ojaste, Aivar Leito and Indrek Põder
11:55 – 12:15 About the problem: Blue or Green? José Miguel Pueyo
12:20 – 13:55 Discussion and decision about new crane country codes. Javier A. Alonso

14:00 - 20:30 Bus-Excursion (with packed lunch) to the peninsula Zingst, crane roost “Kirr” or to the area “Karrendorfer Wiesen”
20:30 Dinner and Euro cocktail, Younior-Hotel Stralsund

18th Oct, Monday

Participant’s departure

Visit of the Crane Information Center in Groß Mohrdorf

Individual meetings
General Information
The VIIth European Crane Conference will be organized in the Rügen-Bockregion at the Baltic Sea in Northeast Germany. The conference will be held in the new but basic Younior-Hotel in the city of Stralsund ( The participants can also choose more expensive hotels close to the conference hotel.
The cost for the Younior-Hotel (14.-17.10.2010) is 149,- € including breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake as well as dinner and non-alcoholic drinks.

There will occur additional costs for the Official dinner (Meeresmuseum “Unterm Wal”, 18,- €), for the Excursion, 16.10.10, Boat trip to the crane roost “Werder-Bock islands” (12,- €) and for the Bus-Excursion (with packed lunch), 17.10.10, to the Rügen Island, crane roost “Udarser Wiek” (12,- €).

Crane Conservation Germany will not collect a conference fee.
Take the opportunity to visit the Crane Center at Groß Mohrdorf or other birding areas in the National Park before or after the Conference.
The weather during this time of the year can be coldish and may bring frost and sometimes rain. Do not forget warm underwear, jacket and shoes.
On the 17th Oct. the dinner will be combined with the so-called Euro cocktail. Local drinks and foods are welcome.
The official language of the Conference will be English. All presentations must be in English. No translation will be available. So, we need your abstracts up to the 15th August for preparing a conference abstracts guide. Please, send your abstract to
Responsible for the arrangement is Crane Conservation Germany* by the organisation team of Prof. Hartwig Prange, Dr. Günter Nowald and Dr. Wolfgang Mewes. The focus will be on population development, ecology and protection of the Eurasian Crane Grus grus. Other topics are possible.
* Crane Conservation Germany (CCG) – Starting in the 1970s, the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, NABU) and the environmental foundation WWF Deutschland (World Wide Fund for Nature) ran their respective crane protection projects in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. In the eastern part of Germany, members of the “Work Group for the Protection of Endangered Species in the GDR” managed an intense recording of crane populations over several decades. After the unification of Germany, crane conservationists from the eastern and western parts of the country founded the working group “Kranichschutz Deutschland – Crane Conservation Germany” in 1991 with support from Lufthansa Environmental Sponsoring Programme. Its goal is to preserve secure breeding areas and undisturbed gathering and resting areas for cranes in Germany with contributions to international crane protection. An additional goal is to carry out communication activities related to crane protection. Today, the coordination and operation of numerous national and international protection and research projects are handled by the Crane Information Centre at Gross Mohrdorf.

Further Information:

Dr. Günter NOWALD
Director Crane Information Centre
Lindenstraße 27
D - 18445 Groß Mohrdorf
Tel. +49 38323 80540
Fax +49 38323 80541

Business Manager Kranichschutz Deutschland gGmbH

Amtsgericht Stralsund, HRB 7704, Steuer – Nr. 082/124/02304, USt-IdNr.: DE187931166

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