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Red Kite © Marcel Burkhardt

How we monitor bird populations and research bird life

Our commitment

Research projects

We monitor the populations of all bird species in Switzerland and their development, investigate the lifestyles and requirements of endangered bird species and research bird migration.

© Celestin Luisier
We monitor the distribution and populations of birds throughout the country.
© Roman Bühler
We analyse and assess the situation and development of bird life in Switzerland.


© Matthias Tschumi
We investigate the diverse interactions of birds with their environment, from individual settlement behaviour to species communities.
Barn Swallow © Marcel Burkhardt
We study bird populations and their spatial and temporal changes, which are influenced by survival, reproduction and dispersal.
Common Barn-owl © Ruedi Aeschlimann
We want to understand how human influences affect the well-being, behaviour and individual fitness of birds.
Common Crane © Marcel Burkhardt
We research migratory birds from their breeding grounds to Africa and lay the foundations for their protection beyond national borders.
© Matthias Vögeli
We test and evaluate new methods to support endangered bird species.
© 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

About us

Our commitment

As a foundation for ornithology and bird protection, we monitor native bird life, investigate the living requirements of birds and work to improve the living conditions of endangered species. The study of bird migration is also one of our main tasks. We inform the public, authorities and media about bird protection concerns and provide information on all aspects of bird life.

Our trade publications

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

A strong team

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

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.