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      Common Shelduck

      The Common Shelduck is perceived as a duck even more so than the Ruddy Shelduck. ...
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      Visitor Centre

      Welcome to the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach!
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      Autumn migration

      In late summer, birds start preparing for the winter season.
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      The State of Birds in Switzerland

      Report 2020

    Welcome to the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach.

    As a non-profit foundation sponsored by the public we are engaged in research and conservation projects and launch information campaigns in support of our native birds.

    About the Institute

    Visitor centre

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    Due to the measures taken by the Swiss Confederation against the coronavirus, face masks are obligatory at the visitor centre in Sempach.

    In our visitor centre, we hope to awaken our visitors’ enthusiasm for birdlife and make each visit a unique experience.

    We do apologize for any inconvenience, such as waiting periods due to the measures concerning the Coronavirus. Group visits are now possible for groups up to a maximum of 50 people. A reservation is necessary.