View of the Hennhouse and mill


We provide lectures for kids and grown ups with international scientists on a regular basis. [more]
Our workshops enable visitors to experience research through art and crafts. [more]
In our fancy interactive media house you can inform yourself about current research of our institute. Just drop by. [more]
You would like to know how scientists work and how our facilities look like? We offer public and private tours exactly tailored to your interests. [more]
Our bee meadow "bee marie" is open to everyone. There is an insect hotel, a lizard stone wall, bee hives and much more to explore. It also serves scientist for some experiments. [more]
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Kids and teens from european countries will accompany researchers of our institute during at least 3 years. The project "Blackbirds without borders" under supervision of scientist Dr. Jesko Partecke and head of our institute, Prof. Martin Wikelski will be partly conducted and formed by our young participants. You can apply to participate. Contact us!
In August 2016 was the first summer camp "Let's Go! 1", where blackbirds got equipped with transponders. more

How do birds migrate and always find the right destination?  How do bats recognize their prey and why do they form social communities?  What is the significance of stress hormones for breeding success?  Does a bird from an urban area respond differently than a bird whose nest is in a rural area?  Birds are all around us, they are an ever-present part of our lives. However, their familiarity belies the fact that strange and fascinating new things being discovered about them. For example, did you know that birds use their right nostril to navigate?

The research of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology is supported by public funds (federal and regional).  So we are naturally very active in keeping the public informed about the latest developments in our research.

Visitors to the Max Planck Institute in Möggingen can visit our multi-media center, the “Hennhouse.” Guests are welcome to drop by and see films and and other multimedia presentations about the research done at our institute as well as go on an insect expedition on our butterfly and bee meadow “Bee Marie.”  An information board at the entrance gives guests in-depth explanations before the tour begins.  We also have several brochures and postcards with images of our projects available.  Tours are offered upon prior reservation for children and adults in addition to several workshops where science can be experienced creatively.

We hold numerous special events and lectures enabling you to find out about the newest research of our scientists.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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