The science behind waterfowl behaviour

Above: Paul Rose and a Bewick’s swan

Today we introduce one of the talks and speakers at the 2020 Waterfowl Conservation Workshop: The science behind waterfowl behaviour, by Paul Rose.

Paul attained his PhD from the University of Exeter in 2018, where he investigated the behaviour and welfare of captive flamingos. Paul is the Co-Chair of the IUCN Flamingo Flamingo Specialist Group and Vice-Chair of the BIAZA Research Committee. Paul is a lecture in animal behaviour at the University of Exeter and also teaches on the zoo programmes at Sparsholt College Hampshire. He is the research officer for the BIAZA Bird Working Group and for the EAZA Charariiformes TAG. Paul is an associate researcher at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and investigates means of welfare assessment for captive ducks, geese and swans.

In this talk, Paul will outline the importance of underpinning captive husbandry and management with behavioural ecology information to provide an evidence-based approach to the care of all waterfowl species.

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