Wouter Vansteelant

W.M.G. Vansteelant - IBED
SciencePark 904	
1098 XH Amsterdam
the Netherlands
Room C4.163
phone +31 20 525 7453
email w.m.g.vansteelant@uva.nl

Hello, I am Wouter and I will be helping you with your practicals during the summer course in Amsterdam :-). I thoroughly enjoyed teaching at the previous Animal Movement Analysis course in 2012, and very much look forward to assist in this year´s edition.

The Computational Geo-ecology Unit at IBED has been my scientific home since July 2011. As a PhD candidate I investigate the migratory flight behaviour of European Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) under supervision of Willem Bouten and Judy Shamoun-Baranes. The first paper I published on the Honey´s is available open access at Journal of Avian Biology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jav.00457/abstract

Click through to find more information about Honey Buzzard migration research using the UvA Bird Tracking System.

Vogel het Uit!

I am especially happy to be part of Vogel het Uit!, a Dutch citizen science project that aims to lure the regular public into the world of birds that are tracked with GPS-loggers. Participants can explore the flight routes of the birds, and hopefully, they help us in answering or even delivering questions about bird behaviour by visiting foraging sites, roosting trees or other important locations for birds in the field.

During my Ph.D. I have been lucky to invest a lot of time in science communication and education for various types of audiences, ranging from primary school classes, birdwatching events and conservation societies to a well known pop festival in the Netherlands.

Batumi Raptor Count

My involvment in migratory raptor research started at Batumi Raptor Count, a research, monitoring and conservation project for migratory raptors using the eastern Black Sea flyway through the Republic of Georgia. Our pilot counts in 2008 and 2009 revealed Batumi to be among the largest of bottlenecks for raptor migration worldwide as over 800.000 individuals of 34 species of diurnal raptors were seen moving southward. In the last two years of counting, thousands of hours of watching by more than 60 volunteers each year resulted in counts upto a million raptors each autumn. Unfortunately, the BRC also made worrisome report of illegal hunting of migratory birds, including many raptors, along the Black Sea coast. The long-term monitoring program has therefore been underpinned by extended by research and conservation efforts. Our work ranges from counting birds, informing locals and teaching school children to ecotourism development and even the conversion of local bird trappers in bird banders.

Click here for a short movie of migrating Honey Buzzards (Pernis aviporus) in Batumi:

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