Tracking bird movement and behaviour at multiple scales in space and time is no easy task. A team at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have worked together to develop a flexible, state of the art, Bird Tracking System, the UvA-BiTS.

The system includes a solar-powered, light-weight GPS tracker with rechargeable batteries, a tri-axial accelerometer, two-way data communication to a ground station network, automated data processing and visualization in the Virtual Lab. Researchers from multiple organizations are working with this system to study migration, navigation, foraging strategies on land and at sea. The system is available for collaborative research and will continue to develop and foster the research needs of a diverse community.


Sinagote: The life story of a spoonbill, by Theunis Piersma, Willem Bouten, Carl Zuhorn and Petra de Goeij

Latest Highlights

Older highlights are available in the Archive

Egyptian Vulture, Red Kite, Verreaux's Eagle, Montagu's Harrier, Griffon Vulture, European Honey Buzzard

Barnacle Goose, Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Spoonbill, Brent Goose, Oystercatcher, Crab Plover

Northern Bald Ibis

Caspian Gull, Sandwich Tern, Yellow-legged Gull, Herring gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Skua

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