Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Bird Ringing - Voluntary Staff

Individual marking and tracking of birds with inscripted rings on the birds' legs, radio transmitters or other methods are used to answer many different research questions. For example, the success of individual strategies, demographic benchmarks, the study of bird migration with all its facets, the role of birds as vectors for diseases, the long term monitoring of bird populations, the building of survival models, the study of the reaction of birds to climate change and finally the provision of basic data for species conservation. Our institute coordinates bird ringing in Southern Germany, Berlin and Austria. We cooperate with approximately 380 voluntary bird ringers within various projects.

More information about bird ringing can be found here. Additionally the web pages of the European Union for Bird Ringing (EURING) contain a lot of information and links.

Found a dead bird with a ring or seen a ringed bird? Please tell us details here.

Together with museum ornithologists we compiled a booklet that describes usual measurements on birds. This should provide a reference to understand mesurement data from live and dead birds and to help with future standardisation. Please click here for more information.

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