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.
24 - 28 September 2020An amazing total of behavioural assays. In each assay the exploratory behaviour of the captured Knots was measured. Video: Aileen Roncoroni (NIOZ).
23 September 2020Everyone was feeling tired. The last three days we have only slept for a few hours every night. But we are delighted, as we caught 116 Red Knots!
22 September 2020It is extraordinary to watch them leave freely, and we are thrilled to know where they are going to fly now. We cannot wait to follow their journey on WATLAS!