Nature and conservation talks

Tribute to Joachim Hellmich, the Great Bustards’ German

February 18th | 19.00 Stage Marquee In love with Extremadura and the birds of the steppes, with a special passion for bustards, Joachim Hellmich died of coronavirus in September 2021 in Germany. This ornithologist, Olympic athlete in his youth and a professor of Geography, arrived in Extremadura in 1980s. In Sierra de Fuentes, in the

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Margaret Atwood talks about birds with Antonio Sandoval

February 19th | 13.00-13.30 Stage Marquee Recorded exclusively for FIO 2022, the writer and ornithologist Antonio Sandoval speaks with the acclaimed Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood, winner of the 2008 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature and honorary doctorate from several universities in Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain, including Oxford, Cambridge and the

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‘Painting birds of paradise’, by Szabolcs Kókay (Hungary)

It all started with a commission to paint various groups of birds, including birds of paradise, for a Papua New Guinea field guide. In 2014, on a month-long expedition to that Oceanian country, Hungarian nature artist Szabolcs Kókay developed the work, which was followed five years later by a bird-watching trip to West Papua. This

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‘How to make a good book better: the endless need to look again and again!’, by Killian Mullarney (Ireland)

Killian Mullarney is internationally known as one of the authors of the best-selling European field guide of the last 20 years, the ‘Collins Bird Guide’, first published in 1999, which he illustrated with Dan Zetterström. The ‘Collins Bird Guide’ is written by Lars Svensson and the late Peter J. Grant and is a key reference

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‘Looking for your photograph, loving nature’, by Nuria Blanco (Spain)

Nature photography is a discipline and tool that offers emotion, satisfaction and personal growth. Images taken by Nuria Blanco in different natural paradises around the world show how what is important is not only the place, but also the passion and how it is perceived, in addition to the repercussions that can follow in the

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‘Around the sound. Different ways of listening to nature’, colloquium with Carlos de Hita, Eloïsa Matheu, José Luis Copete and José Carlos Sires (Spain)

Different ways of using sound recordings based on experience in communication, outreach, acoustic ecology and citizens’ science. Carlos de Hita has worked on more than 180 documentary programmes and film productions, including ‘Panteras’ (2021), ‘Cantabrian, the mountains of the brown bear’ (2017), ‘Elvoy de Unai’ (2016), ‘Guadalquivir ‘ (2014), ‘Entrelobos’ (2010) and ’14 kilometres’ (2007).

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