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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


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.

Take the Movebank User Survey by February 12!

How has Movebank helped you? The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, which hosts Movebank and is its primary source of funding for maintenance and development, could use your feedback. Please take our short survey about how you use Movebank and what new features you would most like to see (it should take less than 5 minutes to complete). We will be reviewing the results soon so complete the survey by February 12.

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.

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.

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".

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