International Woodpecker Conference

Conservation & Ecology of Woodpeckers

March 16 - 20, 2019, Białowieża, Poland

Photo: Robert Dróżdż
Photo: Robert Dróżdż


We are excited to present the tentative program of the 8th International Woodpecker Conference 2019!

A first glimpse of the four plenary talks and 26 contributed oral presentations selected by the scientific program committee can be downloaded below. In addition, there will be at least 13 posters!

Presentations from the conference can be published as regular articles in Acta Ornithologica following a standard review procedure.

Tentative program of the 8th International Woodpecker Conference 2019
Tentative program_Bialowieza.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 359.7 KB

Information about the presentation

Oral presentations last 20 minutes (15 min. talk + 5 min. discussion). Presentations (as ppt, pptx or pdf file) should be uploaded at least one session earlier. Presenters of the first session should upload their files on Saturday, March 16 or, finally, on Sunday March 17 before 9:00.


Posters: maximum size A0, vertical orientation. Posters will be fixed with pushpins.

Posters should be hung before the meeting and removed on Tuesday, March 19th, after the conference closes.


  • September 22, 2018: Registration and abstract submission opens
  • November 25 2018: Submission of abstracts is closed
  • November 30, 2018: Decisions concerning abstracts
  • December 15, 2018: Early bird registration closes 

  • March 03, 2019: registration is closed
  • March 16 - 20, 2019: The conference
  • March 20 - 22, 2019: Post-conference excursion
Photo: Paweł Grabowski
Photo: Paweł Grabowski


Talks & Walks

Several days fully packed with an amazing program! Great speakers, posters, get-togethers and, last but not least, great people! There will also be excursions into the magical 

Białowieża Forest, full of bison and woodpeckers. So check out our program!


Photos: Dorota Czeszczewik
Photos: Dorota Czeszczewik

Białowieża National Park -

Europe's pristine Primeval Forest

The Białowieża Forest is the best preserved lowland forest of the temperate zone in the northern hemisphere. Protected for centuries as royal hunting grounds, it survived almost unchanged until World War I, when its exploitation started and many fragments of the Forest lost their natural character. Nevertheless, one can still admire primeval stands in the Białowieża National Park and in nature reserves, as well as many natural fragments of old-growth stands outside these protected areas.

The diverse fauna of the Białowieża Forest consists of intermediate faunal elements from Central, Northern and Eastern Europe, including the European Bison. At the turn from winter to spring, these mammals often feed on meadows near the village. Białowieża is also known as birdwatchers’ paradise. So far, c. 250 species of birds were recorded, including all European woodpeckers, 11 species of owls and over a dozen other birds of prey. Although in March it will not be possible to see the majority of bird migrants, there is a chance to observe most woodpecker species. Mid-March is a time of significant activity of the White-backed Woodpecker.


We warmly invite you to participate at the International Woodpecker Conference as well as to visit and enjoy the beautiful nature of the Białowieża Forest! Read more about the venue...


Be part of it!

Registration for the 8th International Woodpecker Conference 2019 is closed.


This event is focused on sharing knowledge among members of the global woodpecker community. Whether you are a full-time ornithologist or "just" a woodpecker-maniac, the 8th International Woodpecker Conference 2019 is open to everyone who is interested to hear the newest findings in the field of woodpecker research worldwide. The top experts will be present and a great exchange will be guaranteed! 

Photo: Dorota Czeszczewik
Photo: Dorota Czeszczewik


Local Organizing Committee

Chair: Dorota Czeszczewik, Siedlce University

Wiesław Walankiewicz, Siedlce University

Tomasz Stański, Siedlce University

Katarzyna Kubicka, Siedlce University

Tomasz Mazgajski, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS

Marta Maziarz, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS

Grzegorz Hebda, Opole University

Patryk Rowiński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Łukasz Kajtoch, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals PAS

Ziemowit Kosiński, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań

Scientific Committee

Chair: Gilberto Pasinelli

Hugo Robles 

Dorota Czeszczewik (Local Organizing Committee) 

Utku Perktas

Eric L. Walters


Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Zoology Siedlce, Poland 


Special Interest Group Woodpeckers of German Ornithologists‘ Society, Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft - DO-G


Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Science


Białowieża National Park (supporting institution)

Contact & Questions

For questions about the conference, please contact Dorota Czeszczewik