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Browse existing tracks on Movebank

If you are not a researcher working with your own or collaborators' animal tracking data, you can still browse, view, and even download some of the tracks in Movebank.

Register and log in. While you do not need to be registered to search studies and view some of the data on Movebank, logging in allows you to access more features, such as the option to contact study owners and request access to protected data.

Search studies. From the Tracking Data Map you can either browse through the list of studies on the left or select studies by clicking on the reference locations shown on the map. You can also search for studies using the "Search" and "Advanced Search" options from the Tracking Data Map page or from the Studies page. Note that data owners control access to their studies on Movebank, and so the study information and tracks that you see here won’t include all of the data that are in Movebank.

Contact study owners. Many data owners allow the public to view their study summary but not the tracks. In these cases, you can contact the study owner to ask for permission to view the animal tracks and/or download the data.

View animal tracks. If you have permission to view a Study's tracks, you have a variety of options for how to view the data.

Download data. If you have permission to download the data for a Study, you can download data in .csv, Excel, ESRI shapefile, or Google Earth format for further analysis. You will need to agree to the Terms of Use set by the data owner; remember these as you develop products with these data. During a data download you can also add weather attributes to the data set.

Explore further. Science Buddies, a non-profit education organization, has worked together with Movebank to design two high-school level science projects that use Movebank. These project ideas allow students to access publicly available tracking data and use it to answer questions about wildlife conservation and relationships between weather and migration. For more information see here.