Ornithological conferences are important as they stimulate learning, interactions and outcomes that benefit bird species and their habitats. The IOCongress™ 2022 in Durban, South Africa, promises to deliver, with over 40 symposia on an extensive range of topics. The IOCongress™2022 will be a hybrid of virtual and physical attendance and aims to be inclusive, especially for young ornithologists and those from the Global South. Another reason ornithologists often travel to conferences is to watch birds. So, we are trying to make birding an important part of the IOCongress™ 2022 and have involved BirdLife SA and local bird guides to be available for delegates wishing to experience some of the amazing birding South Africa has to offer.
“Planet earth is in a global biodiversity and environmental crisis. Ornithologists and Fellows of the International Ornithologist’ Union Professor Lucia Severinghaus and Professor Yossi Leshem are featured in “The Future of Birds” documentary film by Jocelyn Demers. They join the many voices from ornithologists, scientists, birders and others around the world in a shared concern for birds and help us to understand the crucial role that birds play in the interconnectedness of the global natural world, why we need to be concerned and what can be done”