Tracking global movements
In this work we track several shorebird species during their migrations across the world (red knots, sanderlings, bar-tailed godwits, and whimbrels). We do so in order to investigate how migrating individuals respond to typical global change problems, as there are Arctic warming, land reclamation, and fisheries.
The long-distance migrant shorebirds that we study all breed in the High Arctic and spend the long non-breeding season at lower latitudes, from Wadden Sea to tropical regions as Banc d’Arguin (Mauritania), Barr al Hikman (Oman), and the Bijagós Archipelago (Guinee-Bissau). By travelling the world, these birds have to deal with different global-change problems, most notably climate change at their Arctic breeding grounds. Through their migrations, the different human-induced problems that they face at different sites become connected. For example, the difficulty to arrive on time at their rapidly warming breeding grounds may be strengthen due to the loss of fueling sites further south (e.g. due to land reclamations). By tracking individuals these problems will be revealed to us, which could help us design conservation and mitigation programs.Read more +
Incredible connections on day 1 of Banc d'Arguin expedition
21 November 2019De Vries,Loos and De Monte discover Red Knot Y2YGYG, a male captured (with one chick) by Ten Horn and Van Gils at Knipovich Bay, Taymir, Russia, 18 July 2019!
29 October 2019New article by Jeroen Reneerkens on migratory sandpipers breeding in Greenland who choose te spend the winter in West Africa have a lower change of survival.
26 February 2019With this Vici grant, Jan van Gils' research team focuses on the ecological consequences of a warming North Pole on long-distance migratory birds.