The 8th International Woodpecker Conference will be held in Białowieża National Park (BNP) from 16 to 20 March 2019. The conference will focus on the conservation and ecology of woodpeckers and will be jointly organized by Siedlce University, Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS Warsaw, Opole University, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (all Poland) and the Special Interest Group (SIG) Woodpeckers of the German Ornithological Society (DO-G). The conference aims to bring together woodpecker researchers from across the globe and to provide an international forum for discussion on how woodpecker research may improve our understanding of behavior, ecology and conservation sciences. The tentative schedule is as follows: 16 March – arrival, 17 March – talks/posters, 18 March – excursion to the BNP, talks/posters, 19 March – talks/posters, dinner. Departure or post-conference excursions will start on 20 March. There will be four plenary talks presented by Kristina Cockle (IBIGEO-CONICET, Argentina), Jérôme Fuchs (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France), Victoria A. Saab (Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Bozeman, USA) and Tomasz Wesołowski (Laboratory of Forest Biology, Wrocław University, Poland). Keep updated by pre-registering on the conference website (, where further information (venue, deadlines, program, etc.) will be made available continuously. Please note that this pre-registration is not a binding registration yet, but allows us to directly inform you about the conference. For inquiries, please contact Dorota Czeszczewik ([email protected]), head of the local organizing committee, or Gilberto Pasinelli ([email protected]), chair of the scientific committee. Looking forward to seeing you in Białowieża!