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BirdEyes is the center for education and research of professor Theunis Piersma and the University of Groningen (RUG). Piersma is professor of migratory bird ecology.

Climate change

BirdEyes is to become an international center for research and post-masters education in the field of climate change. It is a collaboration between the University of Groningen, Campus Fryslân, NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Marine Research), the University of Amsterdam and the Fryske Akademy.

Transmitters and big data

BirdEyes uses, among other things, the 'big data' that birds provide with transmitters. Using this technology on the back and legs of birds, a large amount of data is released. This provides a lot of information about the living conditions of birds.

Piersma estimates that about 200 birds fly around with a transmitter: "Their movements tell what is going on in places. A bird that knows what it wants makes direct movements. But birds in trouble become much more restless and move much more.'

Contact: Theunis Pierma

Last modified:13 June 2023 3.25 p.m.
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