WATLAS - tracking regional movements
With WATLAS (Wadden Sea Advanced Tracking and Localisation of Animals in real life Systems), we follow where Red Knots go in the western Dutch Wadden Sea. By investigating where red knots go and why, we can identify whether and how they can deal with threats such as sea level rise and habitat destruction.
In June and July, Red Knots breed in the arctic. The rest of the year, they live in coastal areas of western Europe in search of food and safety. The Wadden Sea is an important and unique site for Red Knots, where they moult their feathers and feed on shellfish like Baltic tellins and cockles. With WATLAS, we study how shorebirds move with the tide, on which intertidal mudflats do they feed and with whom, how individuals differ in where they go, and how long they stay in the Wadden Sea on their migratory journeys.
A more efficient management of the Wadden Sea
6 December 2019For more efficient management of the Wadden Sea, applied questions should be embedded into long-term scientific research programs Friesch Dagblad (in Dutch).
Transmitter system follows individual bird movements
10 March 2019Following in real time Red Knots in the western Dutch Wadden Sea. An interview with Allert Bijleveld in magazine 'De Ingenieur' (in Dutch).
Big Brother in Wadden Sea watching the birds
29 September 2019You can already sea that the shorebirds in the Wadden Sea have to fly far to get food. It is sometimes about distances of about 80 kilometers Omrop Fryslan.