The summer at high latitudes is short and puts high demands on the migratory birds breeding there. The project, called PostLUVRE, is a part of the larger LUVRE (Lund University Vindel River Expedition). LUVRE started in 1963 and has since described and followed the dynamics of the Lapland bird fauna. PostLUVRE started in 1983 and works in the post-breeding period. Since 1984 we have ringed birds in a standardized way, from 15 July to mid August. From the data we have been able to look at how productivity (reproductive success) in the birds vary with environmental conditions. We have also studied moult (which is fast!) and fuel deposition (which is small!).
Recent publications related to the project:
Lindström, Å., Enemar, A., Andersson, G., von Proschwitz, T. & Nyholm, N. E. I. 2005. Density-dependent reproductive output in relation to a drastically varying food supply: getting the density measure right. Oikos 110: 155-163.
Hellgren, O., Bensch, S., Hobson, K. A. & Lindström, Å. 2008. Population structure and migratory directions of Scandinavian bluethroats (Luscinia svecica) - a molecular, morphological and stable isotope analysis Ecography 31:95-103.
Lindström, Å., Green, M., Paulson, G., Smith, H.G. & Devictor, V. 2012. Rapid changes in bird community composition at multiple spatial scales in response to recent climate change. Ecography, published online 7 September 2012.