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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 four thousand 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.

     Browse existing tracks on Movebank

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     Manage Argos data in Movebank

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


Movebank is not affected by the Heartbleed bug

The Heartbleed bug, a bug in OpenSSL that was discovered a few days ago, has compromised security for many large websites.

Movebank's development team has done some checks and confirmed that is not affected by this bug.

If you have used the same password you use for Movebank on other sites that have been compromised, you may want to change your Movebank password. To do this,

Feb 15 abstract submission deadline for the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment

We invite Movebank users to consider submitting an abstract to the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment, being held May 5–7, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. In addition to research presentations, a growing number of hands-on tutorials are scheduled, along with a May 8 post-symposium workshop on comparing movement modeling frameworks (open to all attendees). Read more at

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).

Seeking test users: EODA, a new tool to inform wildlife managers about oil pollution and other environmental information

Movebank's host, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, is a collaborator on a project funded by the European Commission that has developed the Earth Observation Data Access (EODA), a free online tool intended in part to provide wildlife managers an "early warning system" for oil spill threats. It also contains map visualization tools for a variety of satellite imagery and other environmental data products. The developers are seeking feedback on the tool, and we invite you to try it out!

Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment

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As part of the NASA-funded Env-DATA project, the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment will be held 5–7 May 2014 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Env-DATA back up + Movebank downtime scheduled for Tuesday morning CET (3 Dec)

A few notes for the first week of December:

New Env-DATA products and other site updates

We are happy to announce that several new products are now available through the Env-DATA Track Annotation Service:

Movebank migrations featured by National Geographic

National Geographic's Education website has just released a GeoStory on Tracking Animal Migrations. Through maps, words, and photographs, the GeoStory tells the stories of nine animals around the world whose movements are stored on Movebank. We invite you to check it out!

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