Sunday, 23 October 2011

Update for IGM

During the IGM we’ll organise a colour ringing workshop. Main subjects could be materials, designs, self-rolling, coding, analysis of cr data etc. Your examples and subsubjects for this matter are very welcome. If you have any ideas please let me know , so that I can organise it better..

As for the slide shows in the evenings, if you have some slides you'd like to present, please give me the themes so I could organise it a bit..

New confirmed talks:

Viola Ross-Smith "Gull migration: calibrating colour ringing data with GPS telemetry"

Aonghais Cook "Analysis of colour-ringing data: Maximising the impact of your efforts"

Risto Juvaste will give talk entitled "Exciting (but yet secret) results from 127 GPS-transmitter LBBG-migration project" instead of "How to estimate migration timing by reads"

Abstracts for talks will be online in few days..

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Second Announcement finally

11th International Gull Meeting
Zagreb 2012, February 16th-19th
Second Announcement

General info

The International Gull Meeting will be organized by the Association BIOM.

The official language of the meeting will be English.


The registration fee is 120€ if paid until December 15th 2011. You can pay via

1) PayPal (

2) bank transaction to BIOM’s account (

After December 15th the registration fee will be 135 € and can be also paid in cash

(local currency: Kuna) upon arrival in Zagreb.

The registration fee covers:

· two lunches (Friday and Saturday) and one dinner (Friday) at Hotel Zagreb

· gala dinner at Didov san (traditional Croatian restaurant)

· transportation during the Meeting

· two trips to Jakuševec rubbish tip

· organizing costs

Note that drinks are not included in this price.

If you have special preferences regarding your food (vegetarian, allergies etc.), please indicate this in your registration form.


Accomodation for participants is available at special prices in Hotel Zagreb (
single room 250 Kn (around 33 € ) per person per night
double room 300 Kn (around 40 €) for two persons per night.
Breakfast & VAT included in room rate. City tax per person / day – 7 Kn (1 €)..

Participants should reserve the room as soon as possible to get preferred rooms. We have arranged with the hotel to keep rooms for 50 people available for two weeks (that’s until October 30th 2011). After that we cannot guarantee that there will be rooms available. You can reserve a room at the Hotel’s website You should put under “note” that you are attending the International Gull Meeting in order to get special prices. You can also ask for a smoking or nonsmoking room.

If you would like to share a room with someone and you haven’t made final arrangements you can contact us and we’ll put you in contact with others who are in the same situation.

Hotel Zagreb is an old hotel and it’s a budget-friendly solution with WiFi.

We also arranged better prices for other accommodation. You can stay also at Hotel International ( at these prices:

single room 550 Kn (around 73 € ) per person per night
double room 650 Kn (around 87 €) for two persons per night.
Breakfast & VAT included in room rate. City tax per person / day – 7 Kn (1 €).

Transportation from Hotel International to Hotel Zagreb, where the meeting will be held and where the starting point for the trips is, will be organized.

Hotel International is more convenient for the disabled as Hotel Zagreb does not have elevators.

You can get info about other hotels and hostels upon request.

How to get to the IGM

If you are coming by plane, the easiest way to get to Hotel Zagreb is to take the transfer bus at the airport and ask the driver to leave you at Bundek station (it is on-demand station some 3 minutes walking distance from Hotel Zagreb). The ticket costs 30 Kn (4 €) and you can find the schedule at

Provisional agenda of the Meeting:


10:00 -13:00 Talks
8:00 -12:00
trip to Jakuševec rubbish tip
7:00 -
cannon netting at Jakuševec

13:00 -15:00 Lunch break
13:00-15:00 Lunch break

Registration at Hotel Zagreb

beer, wine and slides

15:00 -19:30 Talks
15:00-19:30 Talks

20:00 - 22:00 dinner
 22:00 -
slide shows
20:00 - 24:00 dinner at traditional Croatian restaurant

List of confirmed talks so far (updates can be found on

Chris Gibbins            Is it possible to identify heinei Common Gulls in the field?

Risto Juvaste            Sexing of gull chicks by measurements

Risto Juvaste            How to estimate migration timing by reads

Peter Rock                 Urban gulls

Paul Roper                 North Thames Gull Group

Paul Veron                 Guernsey Gulls – An outline of the research projects being run on the three Larid species breeding in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, English Channel

Zsolt Karcza              Gull colour ringing in Hungary 1994-2011
& Peter Szinai          

Nick Rossiter             Yellow-legged Gull: Differences between Atlantic and Mediterranean populations

Ruud Altenburg        Extent of post-juvenile moult in first winter michahellis

Mars Muusse             ID of second calendar year Larus heuglini

Morten Helberg         Were do Norwegian gulls migrate? Results from read ringing data from southern Norway 1995-present

Luka Jurinović          Gulls in Croatia: species, statuses and numbers

Jelena Kralj                Movements of eastern Adriatic Yellow-legged Gulls - 12 years of colour-ringing

Vladimir Savić           Influenza viruses in gulls

There has been a change in the organization of the meeting and all talks will be held at Hotel Zagreb. That way we will have much more time for the talks as we will not have to loose time on transportation. In addition, this way we have the possibility of having slide shows after dinner.
If you have some interesting photos, prepare them for these sessions and we can discuss them over beer or wine.

We assume that most of the talks will be prepared in PowerPoint so we will prepare a laptop and projector. If you need something special for your talk please let us know so we can try to arrange it. We would appreciate if you could send the talk to us in advance so that we can make sure that everything will work fine. Talks will be limited to 30 minutes.


Those of you who sent me the registration form after the 1st announcement and said that you will attend 100% I count as coming and you don’t have to write me unless you have other questions or notes.
Those that said they will come with percentage less than 100%, please send email me if you’ll come as soon as possible so that I know how many people are coming exactly.
Others, who will come to the meeting, please fill the form at the end of this announcement and send it back to as soon as possible.
There is no real deadline for registration, but we are limited to 50 people for the trip and for the room where talks will be held.

If you have any other questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us at

Hope to see you in Zagreb!

Luka Jurinović and Croatian IGM team

Post address:
Do you plan to have a talk?
 If so, please give us the title and estimated duration of talk: 
Do you want to participate in:
                Saturday trip to the rubbish tip?
                Sunday cannon netting session?