Partner Institutions


Argos is a satellite-based system for collecting and transmitting data from transmitters (PTTs) placed on monitoring stations and animals for environmental protection and research or to protect human life. Over 8,000 animals are tracked using Argos. Movebank collaborates with Argos to offer free data management and analysis tools specifically for Argos users.

Convention on Migratory Species

Movebank's host, the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (formerly the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology), is a core affiliate of the Scientific Task Force on Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, created by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Conference of the Parties to identify wildlife diseases that have the greatest potential to impact human, environmental, livestock and wildlife health. The CMS is an intergovernmental treaty created under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme.


The Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux (CRBPO), the French national bird ringing scheme, cooperates with Movebank to archive data collected by electronic tags as part of avian studies that take place in France. In France, all persons granted the authorization to mark wild birds by CRBPO have the legal obligation to annually deposit the collected data in a national repository. However, as a ringing center, the CRBPO's database is designed primarily for capture-recapture data. Through this partnership Movebank serves as the archiving service for tracking data authorized through the bird-ringing center, allowing CRBPO to offer high-quality tools without the substantial costs of building and maintaining separate databases optimized for data from electronic tags. At any time, CRBPO will be able to report on tracking data collected by CRBPO-authorized schemes through Movebank.

Through this collaboration, French researchers and organizations will have access to online tools and technical support through Movebank, and CRBPO will provide translations of Movebank documentation into French—which will be added to Movebank's website—as well as training and outreach in French. This partnership is formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding between CRBPO and Movebank's host, the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (formerly the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology), signed in 2016.


EURODEER is an open project that allows researchers of European roe and red deer to share data within a single database for collaborative data management and advanced analysis. Descriptions of the datasets in the EURODEER database are searchable from Movebank. EURODEER and Movebank have collaborated on a variety of data-sharing and educational initiatives, including a graduate-level summer course for data management in movement ecology and a hands-on guide to developing spatial databases for animal movement data (Urbano and Cagnacci 2014).

Urbano F, Cagnacci F, Calenge C, Dettki H, Cameron A, Neteler M (2010) Wildlife tracking data management—a new vision. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365:2177–85. 10.1098/rstb.2010.0081

Urbano F, Cagnacci F (2014) Spatial database for GPS wildlife tracking data—a practical guide to creating a data management system with PostgreSQL/PostGIS and R: Springer, 257 p. ISBN 978-3-319-03743-1. 10.1007/978-3-319-03743-1 In particular see Chapter 13: A bigger picture—data standards, interoperability and data sharing.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Movebank's host, the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (formerly the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology). The main goal of this partnership is to better understand interaction between wild animals, livestock, and humans, and the species-jumping diseases that can threaten human health and food security.

The EMPRES Wildlife Health and Ecology Unit at FAO supports the Movebank vision of sharing and archiving animal tracking data which has multiple conservation and health implications, including insights into the role of wildlife in the translocation of infectious diseases. The EMPRES Wildlife Unit uses Movebank to archive its own tracks, collected to study how wildlife may impact the spread of disease in livestock.

The Ohio State University

Movebank works closely with researchers at the Ohio State University's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering for funding, developing and leading workshops about the Env-DATA System on Movebank.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Movebank works closely with researchers at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on the development of Movebank and leading workshops about the Env-DATA System and Movebank.

US Geological Survey

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific research agency of the United States that collects, analyzes, and distributes information about the country's biology, geography, geology, and hydrology. Researchers at the USGS collaborate with Movebank on the development of new Movebank features and use Movebank to manage tracking data. Wildlife biologists at the USGS and Movebank have worked together to build support for Argos data in Movebank and worked on the development of the Env-DATA System.


The Umeå Center for Wireless Remote Animal Monitoring Project (UC-WRAM) is an open database e-infrastructure for animal sensor data. Movebank has worked with WRAM to develop prototype methods for sharing data between databases and collaborates on ways to make animal biotelemetry data and databases understandable, discoverable and interoperable.

Wyoming Game & Fish Department

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department uses Movebank for management and sharing of animal locations collected by scientific permittees. This reduces agency time needed to manage permitted data, offers additional analysis and collaboration tools for permittees, and supports restricted access to data that cannot be shared publicly.