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Welcome to Movebank!

Welcome to Movebank! Movebank is a free, online database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. We help animal tracking researchers to manage, share, protect, analyze, and archive their data. Movebank is an international project with over 11,000 users, including people from research and conservation groups around the world.

How does Movebank work? The animal tracking data accessible through Movebank belongs to researchers all over the world. These researchers can choose to make part or all of their study information and animal tracks visible to other registered users, or to the public.

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What is animal tracking? Animal tracking data helps us understand how individuals and populations move within local areas, migrate across oceans and continents, and evolve through millennia. This information is being used to address environmental challenges such as climate and land use change, biodiversity loss, invasive species, and the spread of infectious diseases. Read more


Help BirdLife Malta protect migrating birds from illegal hunting!

A request from BirdLife Malta: The Maltese islands are infamous for illegal hunting, and when rare species get to the islands BirdLife Malta is in the field to ensure constant protection. This autumn we have guarded, among others, an Egyptian Vulture nicknamed Tobia, who was released in Italy, and nine storks from a Swedish breeding programme.

Invitation to contribute to survey on GPS collar performance

Telemetry collars equipped with GPS functionality are a very attractive option in wildlife research, because they allow for tracking of movement and activity on a very fine temporal and spatial scale. However, one limitation of this technology is that GPS fix success rates and positional errors are highly variable, and are affected to unknown extent by collar orientation, canopy cover, terrain ruggedness, etc. How does this influence collar performance? What does the evidence show?

NARR now available in Env-DATA

The North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR) is available again in Env-DATA. The system has been rebuilt to access data from a new portal at NCAR and includes results of their most recent model reruns.

Weather model variables temporarily unavailable in Env-DATA

The NCEP-DOE Reanalysis 2 and NARR variables are currently unavailable in Env-DATA. The providers have moved the online locations of these products, and we need to update our system to access the new locations.

We expect these products to be available again by the beginning of March.

Corrected calculations for vertical interpolation in Env-DATA

We have made a correction to the way we calculate vertical interpolations in Env-DATA. Vertical interpolation is available as an option for select variables in the weather models (ECMWF, NARR, and NCEP-DOE Reanalysis 2) when the tracking data contain information about the animal’s height in the attribute “height above ellipsoid” or "height above msl".

Our September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Movebank users,

Movebank is continuing to grow, with 287 new studies and nearly 40 million new animal locations just since the beginning of this year. We have been hard at work on new site features, public outreach projects, and resources for data management and collaboration.

The Animal Tracker App from Movebank is out!

We've just released the beta Animal Tracker app for Android, iPhone and iPad. Now you can "follow" animals as their locations are updated in near-real time and even contribute images of the animals or their habitat if you are in the area.

New live feeds for PTTs and GSM tags!

We are now offering automated data feeds for several new tag types:

Our January 2014 Newsletter

Dear Movebank users,
As we begin the new year, we have several accomplishments to report. Movebank grew steadily throughout 2013, and the year ended with over 1,000 user-created studies (growth of 50 percent), 350 taxa (growth of 40 percent), and more than 61 million unique animal locations (growth of 70 percent).
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