WATLAS - tracking regional movements
With WATLAS (Wadden Sea Advanced Tracking and Localisation of Animals in real life Systems), we follow where birds go in the western Dutch Wadden Sea. By investigating where birds go and why, we can identify whether and how they can deal with threats such as sea level rise and habitat destruction. So far, we have tracked red knots, sanderling, bar-tailed godwits, and common terns.
Millions of birds depend on the Wadden Sea that offers relative safety and an abundance of food, such as the shellfish, worms, and shrimp. Some bird species use the Wadden Sea temporarily for breeding or for fuelling long-distance migrations, and others are resident nearly year-round. With WATLAS, we study how birds move with the tide, how individuals differ in where they feed, what they feed on and why, and how long they stay in the Wadden Sea on their migratory journeys.
How can we best protect the knot if sea levels rise
1 October 2021Interview with Allert Bijleveld on these little birds who will get in trouble if the bottom of the mudflats sinks and sea levels rise. BNNVARA (in Dutch).
30 April 2021Volunteers have caught three bar-tailed godwits and Roeland will put two tags on each of them: a WATLAS tag and a MOTUS tag. Photo: Jan Visser
Aileen Roncoroni winner of the ASAB video contest
21 April 2021Former student Aileen Roncoroni (MSc at UU) has won a prize for her video on the WATLAS fieldwork 2020. She participated in the ASAB congress competition.