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The German Ornithologists‘ Society (Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft - DO-G) is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of ornithology. Founded in 1850, and now one of the oldest scientific organisations worldwide, we represent continuity and permanence.

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Invitation and registration to our 155th Annual Convention im Wilhelmshaven, Sept. 21 to 25, 2022

Venue: "Gorch-Fock-Haus" in Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Download: Invitation and programme DO-G Annual Convention 2022 (Update 25.07.22 - in German only)
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Contact: Conference Office
Institut für Vogelforschung (Institute of Avian Research) "Vogelwarte Helgoland"
An der Vogelwarte 21
26386 Wilhelmshaven
phone: +49/44219689-32

Vogelwarte issue 3 (2021): Special issue "Bee-eater"

Photograph by M. Woike

We thank our members for patiently waiting for issue 3 of the 2021 volume - but it has been worth it, because it is no ordinary issue:

With this special issue "Bee-eater", the correpondent special interest group presents both a documentation of its activities and, among other aspects, for the first time an overview of the recent population trends from very different parts of the German-speaking world and Europe, reports on genetics and phylogeography, migration routes and migration strategies and an overview of the Bee-eater species spread from Africa to southern and central Europe to Southeast Asia, New Guinea and Australia.

In addition, three supplements (online only) are available for download (e.g. "Bee-eaters of the world").

> Vogelwarte 59/3 - special issue "Bee-eater", with supplements

The printed issue will be sent to our members shortly.


In addition, it is worth taking a look at the current, ninth annual report (2021) of the special interest group "Bee-Eater":

Download (in German): SIG Bee-eater - 9th Annual report 2021

Call for donations – Special programme Ukraine

The DO-G has set up a special programme to support ornithologists from Ukraine who are directly affected by the war in Ukraine as well as ornithologists from Belarus and Russia at risk. This special programme builds on our contact point for those seeking help and those offering help we set up in March.

We need your help for this special programme! Please note the following call for donations:

> Download Call for donations

Please donate to the account:

Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V., IBAN: DE53 2907 0050 0101 0230 00
Deutsche Bank AG Bremen, Germany, BIC/SWIFT: DEUTDEHBXXX
stating the purpose of the donation as „Donation special programme Ukraine“.

Thank you very much!

The contact point for help, information and support in view of the war against Ukraine can be reached by e-mail.

Further information on the contact point can be found here.

Contact point for help, support and information - in view of the war against Ukraine

A call by DO-G President Dr. Wolfgang Fiedler (excerpt):

Dear members of the DO-G, dear ornithologists,

In the last few days we have received cries for help from Ukrainian birders seeking support and safety for their families abroad. We have also received desperate and very courageous statements from Russian and Belarusian colleagues who reject the invasion of Ukraine and protest against it. At the same time, suggestions and offers came from people who would like to help.

In order to bring together those seeking help and those offering help, collect and exchange information, our executive board has set up a contact point which you can reach at this e-mail address.

We can bring those seeking help and those offering help together on a personal level and we can ensure that important information reaches where it is needed. Based on these first steps, we may be able to plan and implement further means of supporting ornithologists from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.

Please support us in this!

With thanks and kind regards,

Dr. Wolfgang Fiedler

You can find the complete letter of our president to our members and all ornithologists as PDF download here (in German and English versions):

> President's letter - DO-G contact point

Please feel free to forward this information.

155th DO-G Annual Convention 2022 in Wilhelmshaven

The 155th Annual Meeting of the German Ornithologists' Society will be held from Wednesday, 21 September to Sunday, 25 September 2022 at Gorch-Fock-Haus in Wilhelmshaven at the German North Sea coast, hosted by the Institute for Bird Research "Vogelwarte Helgoland" (Wilhelmshaven).

Accommodation: Please refrain from inquiries directly at the Gorch-Fock-Haus, there are no more rooms available at the time of the DO-G conference. In Wilhelmshaven and the surrounding area there are numerous hotels and accommodations of different price ranges available.

Registration deadline for talks is March 31, 2022, for posters August 15. All registrations of contributions (lectures, posters) can only be made online here via these pages:

> More + Registration of talks and posters

After two relocations to the virtual world, we hope that the 155th Annual Meeting of the DO-G will take place again in presence and online as a hybrid event. We are looking forward to your numerous participation! 

Publish Open Access at no charge in the Journal of Ornithology

As a corresponding author affiliated with a German university or research institution, you are entitled to publish open access in SpringerNature journals with fees covered by the German DEAL agreement.
More than 900 German institutions are eligible to participate in the agreement between Springer Nature and Projekt DEAL, meaning that corresponding authors affiliated with these institutions are eligible to publish their articles open access without being invoiced by Springer Nature. The agreement includes our Journal of Ornithology.

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