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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. The animal tracking data in Movebank belongs to researchers all over the world who choose whether and how to share their data with the public. Read more

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New Tools for the Env-DATA System

Several new tools, on and off of Movebank, are now available for Movebank's Environmental Data Automated Track Annotation System System (Env-DATA).

Link environmental data to more than just animal tracks: There is a new interface in Movebank to request annotations for generic time-location records—for example, over a breeding period or simulated migration—and gridded rasters—for example, across an entire study site. Read more here.

News from the Movebank Data Repository

The Movebank Data Repository, Movebank's long-term archive for published data, recently released its 100th dataset! These curated publications include 44 million locations and describe nearly 5,000 animals and 98 species—data that underly 135 published analyses in 55 journals by 381 authors. In other news,

January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Movebank users,

We want to start off the new year by sharing some of what happened at Movebank during 2017. We saw continued growth as well as examples of valuable insights that can be gained through the sharing and re-use of animal movement data.

Env-DATA downtime continued until January 18

We are currently updating to new hardware. As a result the Env-DATA System will be offline starting 10 Jan and will likely remain offline until 18 Jan. Please contact with questions.

Env-DATA updates: ECMWF back and new MODIS Land products

ECMWF variables are back, and the following MODIS Land products are also now active in Env-DATA:

- Terra Vegetation Indices 250-m 16-day (MOD13Q1 V005)

- Aqua Vegetation Indices 250-m 16-day (MYD13Q1 V005)

New feed to Followit Tellus collars and new options in the Event Editor

Just released additions on the site!

Reprocessed MODIS Ocean now available in Env-DATA

The MODIS Ocean products in Env-DATA have been updated to access the 2014.0 reprocessed mapped Aqua and Terra data now provided by MODIS Ocean (see here). Details about this reprocessing are available here. The older data products are no longer available from the provider or Env-DATA.

Our January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Movebank users,

We begin the new year in the midst of continued growth and new beginnings, and with a request for feedback. Researchers are currently using Movebank to store nearly 250 million animal locations in over 2,200 user-created studies. Movebank's growth (see charts below) reflects both an increase in users and an increasing number of high-resolution tags recording animal movements around the world.

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