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Bird Migration

We research migratory birds from their breeding grounds to Africa and lay the foundations for their protection beyond national borders.

Our special expertise

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Alpine Swift © Marcel Burkhardt
Geolocators

Light-level and multi-sensor geolocation

Satellite-based Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for tracking migratory birds year-round are still too heavy for most passerines. Therefore, more lightweight alternatives have been developed: light...
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BirdScan MR1 radar monitoring the movements of migratory birds within the Swiss Alps, in Maloja.

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Radar

Radar ornithology

The Swiss Ornithological Institute has been investigating bird migration by radar for more than 50 years, addressing both fundamental and applied research questions.

Employees

Bird Migration employee
Janine Aschwanden
Bird Migration employee
Martins Briedis
Bird Migration employee
Pablo Capilla
Bird Migration employee
Birgen Haest
Bird Migration employee
William Leo Stephen Hawkes
Head of Bird Migration
Barbara Helm
Bird Migration employee
Crinan Jarrett
Bird Migration employee
Joanna Kölbener
Bird Migration employee
Christoph M. Meier
Bird Migration employee
Raphaël Nussbaumer
Bird Migration employee
Yann Rime
Bird Migration employee
Baptiste Schmid
Bird Migration employee
Raffaella Schmid
Bird Migration employee
Elizabeth Yohannes
Bird Migration employee
Neringa Znakovaité Vieira Rodrigues
Other resources
Additional content
Geolocator Manual
vogelwarte.ch/publications/geolocator
Additional content
Vogelradar – BirdScan MR1
vogelwarte.ch/bird-radar-birdscan-mr1
Additional content
Light-level and multi-sensor geolocation
vogelwarte.ch/light-level-and multi-sensor-geolocation
Additional content
Radar ornithology
vogelwarte.ch/radar-ornithology
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Red Kite © Marcel Burkhardt
Research

How we monitor and study bird populations

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.

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