Follow spoonbills from The Netherlands
This year six juvenile spoonbills can be followed. They were born in The Netherlands (Schiermonnikoog) and their names are: Ilse, Wilko, Maya, Amir, Nadia and Claire. If you see one in real life, and you are willing to contribute to this project, please use the Animal Tracker app or the observation form and follow the instructions.
This study will teach us about the factors that shape migration routes of young spoonbills, which will affect the capacities and constraints of spoonbills in particular, and migratory birds in general, to adjust their migration routes to changes in their environment. In addition, tracking spoonbills with transmitters, as well as with colour-rings, gives us more insight into (changes in) the key areas that are used by spoonbills throughout the annual cycle and how site use is associated with survival. This information can be used to better protect the wetlands (e.g. estuaries, tidal basins, ricefields, salt ponds) that are of key importance for spoonbills, and likely also for many other water- and shorebirds. More project information
We need your help!
For the collection of data about the environment that the tracked juvenile spoonbills experience prior to and during their first southward migration, we strongly rely on data collected by citizen scientists. Below you will find more information on how to contribute to this project.Read more +
How does a migratory bird find its way?
29 September 2020Thirty years ago most of the Dutch spoonbills wintered in West Africa but this is changing. Migration behaviour. Article in National Geographic (in Dutch).
12 September 2020Video made by Jan van 't Hoff on spoonbill Nadia preparing for departure from the Onlanden to fly more than 1000 km in less than 36 hours.
28 August 2020Four of the six tracked young spoonbills from Schiermonnikoog came from the same colony: Claire, Wilko, Maya and Amir. Nadia and Ilse came from two different colonies.