International Woodpecker Conference

"Conservation & Ecology of Woodpeckers"

Photo: Robert Dróżdż
Photo: Robert Dróżdż

Białowieża village is located in the heart of the Białowieża Forest. The village is a touristic place, with several hotels, pensions, a lot of other accomodations, restaurants, bars etc. In March the number of tourists is not large yet, so there should be no problems to find a room at a reasonable rate. Some of the interesting things to see in the village include the 19th century Palace Park featuring over 80 species of trees and bushes, the Natural History Museum, the Orthodox Church and the neo-Gothic Catholic Church built in the 1930s.


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!

Photo: Dorota Czeszczewik
Photo: Dorota Czeszczewik


Europe's pristine Primeval Forest

The Białowieża Forest UNESCO World Heritage site, on the border between Poland and Belarus, is an immense range of primary forest including both conifers and broadleaved trees covering a total area of 141,885 hectares. Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea, this transboundary property is exceptional for the opportunities it offers for biodiversity conservation. It is home to the largest population of the property’s iconic species, the European bison.



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

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!


Be part of it!


We are delighted to announce that pre-registration for the 8th International Woodpecker Conference 2019 is now open! 


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