Scientific ‘WoeMiBo’ V: Arne van Eerden


The Scientific “VrijMiBo” is a bi-weekly scientific get-togethers. An open stage to discuss scientific topics and to ask for feedback from a dedicated audience.

Jan 17 2024 (15:00-17:00)

BirdEyes (Zaailand 110 Leeuwarden)

For this BirdEyes Scientific Session we are excited to discuss the work by MSc student Arne van Eerden on the migration of juvenile spoonbills. This work was supervised by and in close collaboration with: Tamar Lok, Theunis Piersma and Wouter Vansteelant.

Are you interested in bird migration and how birds develop their migration patterns? Come and listen to my talk on migration behaviour in spoonbills. Why do seasonally early-born spoonbills have a greater tendency to migrate southwards to West Africa, where later-born spoonbills end up in Iberia? How do they actually learn where to migrate? And why is timing so crucial for their migration behaviour? During this talk, I will share the findings from our research on migration behaviour in spoonbills. We will explore the role of experience, social interactions, and timing in their migration patterns. What influences their “choice” of wintering area? And how are spoonbills influenced by the migration of adults? I invite you to join me in exploring these fascinating migration behaviours and especially to contribute your insights and feedback to this study.


In addition, we are currently organizing targeted work meetings, building on the traditions that we have developed during the Wadvogelwerk (Metawad-Waddenfonds), Kening fan ‘e Greide for many years, and the black-tailed godwit research in southwest Fryslân.

Centre for global ecological change at the University of Groningen

Birdeyes is a science and creative centre that views the world - almost literally - through the eyes of birds. More and more birds are flying around with tiny transmitters, loggers and other high technology on their backs and legs. This generates an unimaginable amount of information. By cleverly combining such data with other sources of information, and by using new ways to tell stories and share the insights with, BirdEyes strives to open up a new knowledge network. The centre aims to be an innovative part of the University of Groningen and is linked to the Rudolph Agricola School for Sustainable Development. BirdEyes, with empirical and inspirational roots in the farthest corners of the world.

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