Welcome! The 9th International Woodpecker Conference will be held in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones province, Argentina, from 11 to 14 August 2024. The conference is organized by the Special Interest Group (SIG) Woodpeckers (Fachgruppe Spechte) of the German Ornithological Society (DO-G) in cooperation with the Instituto de Biología Subtropical (IBS-UNAM-CONICET) in Puerto Iguazú. This is the first international woodpecker conference to be held outside of Europe, with the two previous meetings having taken place in Białowieża, Poland, in 2019 and in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in 2014. Argentina has a high diversity of forest ecosystems and of woodpeckers, including globally threatened species, and there are several research groups doing in-depth studies on woodpeckers in the country, including on ecology, conservation, paleontology and anatomical adaptations. Other South American countries also have active woodpecker researchers. The Puerto Iguazú conference will broadly address all aspects of the biology and conservation of woodpeckers and in particular aims to bring South American woodpecker researchers in contact with those from elsewhere, and vice versa. All presentations and posters at the conference will be in English, as will be the conference proceedings in a special section in Acta Ornithologica.
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