The primary tasks of the Swiss Ornithological Institute, a private foundation, include monitoring of the distribution, abundance and status of bird species occurring in Switzerland throughout the year, conducting scientific studies on the ecology and migration of species and improving living conditions for threatened species. We regularly inform the general public, authorities and media about current developments in ornithology to promote the understanding of problems faced by birds in our human-influenced world and provide general information on the life of birds. It is the joint application of basic research, applied conservation and information which allows us to comprehensively address bird issues and to make optimal use of the generous donations obtained every year.