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Northern House Martin © Marcel Burkhardt
About us

Meet the team behind the Ornithological Institute

About us

Swiss Ornithological Institute in brief

The Swiss Ornithological Institute is a non-profit foundation dedicated to ornithology and the protection of birds. It monitors native birds, researches their way of life and advocates for threatened species. It looks after injured and orphaned birds, provides information and advice to the public, and runs a visitor centre in Sempach.

Mission Statement

Do you have any questions?
As a national centre of excellence for ornithology and bird protection, we provide information and advice to the public, the media and authorities.

We answer your inquiries by phone or e-mail within regular office hours .

Monday to Friday
08:00 – 12:00 / 13:30 – 17:00

Weekends and public holidays
In emergencies, please dial the emergency number.

Call now at +41 41 462 97 00
© Lukas Linder
Getting in touch & emergency contact
The Swiss Ornithological Institute assists the public free of charge when questions arise about the world of birds. The public appreciates the service we provide: last year we received around 15,000 enquiries.
© Marcel Burkhardt
Media enquiries
As media representatives, we are happy to provide you with information about bird life, the Ornithological Institute and its work on bird welfare.
© Lukas Linder
A strong team

Committed to birds

The Ornithological Institute employs experts from the fields of biology, environmental science, agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, communication, IT, finance, electronics, statistics and customer service.

Meet the team

Getting involved

Lend a hand

Job vacancies

We offer meaningful work in the environmental sector. Become part of the team that is committed to the future of native birds.

The Institute

Competence Centre for Ornithology and Bird Conservation

Our trade publications

Our knowledge of birds is noted for posterity in books, brochures and specialist articles.


The library of the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach is one of the most extensive collections of ornithological literature in Europe and Switzerland’s ornithological memory.

© Marcel Burkhardt

Our research and protection projects

Here you will find an overview of all current projects and the most important completed ones at the Ornithological Institute.

More about the projects
Help the birds of Switzerland.
Your support allows us to monitor stocks, identify problems, develop solutions and provide assistance to endangered species.
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We handle the donations entrusted to us very carefully. For many years, the Swiss Ornithological Institute has carried the ZEWO seal of approval for non-profit institutions.