"Migration of Animals" published by "Akademie Aktuell", Bavarian Academy of Sciences, October 2012

Published by Max Planck Institute on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 23:00
Only large birds can be watched via ARGOS satellite transmitters worldwide. Smal

Biotelemetry Migration of Animals Scientists are studying the annual migration of animal herds, flocks of birds or insects to have a better understanding of the distribution of animals and their migratory habits – not least in the light of biological threats and pandemic diseases. The research project ICARUS will soon record animal movement via the International Space station ISS. Migration behavior of animals Animals are among the most important features of our planet and the vast majority are continuously on the move. Details of their migration routes are only known of a few species. How do they find their way? How much stress are they under? What are the effects, positive and negative, of their migration and their behavior on our shared habitat? At present our understanding of the impacts of such things like natural hazards and –recently- human influence on animal migration is limited. Most often we do not know how these impacts might lead to extinction. As long as it is unclear where, when, how and why a single animal of a population dies, it cannot be understood how animals adapt to continuously changing environmental conditions. A dramatic example are the 10 billion of 20 billion migratory birds which die each year without us predicting their fate or being able to observe them.