Our research program on Spoonbills combines long-term demographic with life-time tracking of young and adults from the breeding colonies in The Netherlands in collaboration with the Dutch Spoonbill working group (Werkgroep Lepelaar) and Willem Bouten from the University of Amsterdam – UvA Bird Tracking System. Our latest GPS trackers even send SMS messages, which is a tremendous help to locate birds that are beyond the reach of the antenna network.


Associated Team Piersma researchers are Tamar Lok and Petra de Goeij.

Birds with GPS tracker can be followed almost real-time at the UvA website. Updates in Dutch can be found on the Facebook site Lepelaars van Schiermonnikoog en on the website of “Werkgroep Lepelaar”, and via Twitter @WGLepelaar.

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