Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Shorebird tracking

The Wadden Sea is an important and unique site for many shorebirds, such as red knots, sanderlings and Bar-tailed godwits. Some species use the Wadden Sea as a staging site, others stay here almost year-round. By tracking shorebirds on their migration and within the Wadden Sea, we will understand why the Wadden Sea is so important to them. Such an understanding will help identify whether and how shorebirds deal with rapid environmental changes, and aid conservation programmes in this UNESCO world heritage site.

Tracking techniques