KLAASSEN R & RENEERKENS J (2014) Introduction: An overview of bird tracking studies in the Netherlands. LIMOSA 87 (2): 58-73.
Research in the Netherlands knows a long history in bird
tracking studies. In this introduction to the special issue of
Limosa on bird tracking, we provide an overview of different
bird tracking techniques (Tab. 1), and their use in the
Netherlands (Tab. 2). Also studies were considered in which
birds tagged abroad passed or ended up in the Netherlands
(Tab . 3). We identified an impressive amount of Dutch tracking
studies. Radio transmitters have been used most frequently,
mainly for studies focussing on local behaviour (e.g. habitat
use). For migration studies researchers relied on (gps-based)
satellite telemetry and, recently, light-level geolocation.
Modern gps-loggers like the UvA-BiTS and e-obs are currently
the most advanced tracking systems, and because of the
plethora of accurate data these systems provide, they have
been used for both local habitat use and migration studies.
More complex tracking systems, such as Encounternet and
TOA have only been used by specialised institutions. Tracking
studies have enormously boosted our understanding of the
behaviour and movements of birds, both at the local and
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