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.
177 Personality test on birds on the Island of Griend
17 November 2020Interview with Allert Bijleveld on Omrop Fryslân on personality test on birds to find out their reaction to changes, like climate change. Photo: Benjamin Gnep
Permit salt extraction based on inadequate monitoring
30 October 2020Interview with Allert Bijleveld and Frank Petersen (Waddenvereniging) on the consequences of soil subsidence. BNN Vara - Vroege Vogels. Photo: Rob Buiter
WATLAS fieldwork 2020 on the island of Griend
28 September 2020An overview of the 2020 fieldwork season. From birdwatching and ring reading, catching red knots at night to processing the birds. Video: Aileen Roncoroni