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Monday, August 12th, 2019
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Swiss Breeding Bird Atlas 2013-2016 is now online
posted by Hans Schmid
 
Friday, August 9th, 2019
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Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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The Red-backed Shrikes are late!
posted by Hans Schmid
 
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
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Influx of Collared Flycatchers in Catalonia
posted by Hans Schmid
 
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
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Red-footed Falcons arriving
posted by Hans Schmid
 
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Bulletin of the Ornithological Information Service from the Swiss Ornithological Institute
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
technews
Birds
EuroBirdPortal releases an online viewer that follows birds on the move across Europe
posted by Hans Schmid
 
Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Grey Heron: Please count and report colony size now

The breeding period of grey herons is already in full swing. It is now and especially during April (but still before the leaves shoot!) the best time to find colonies and count the number of occupied nests.

The Swiss Ornithological Institute uses observations reported via ornitho.ch to document the development of the grey heron (see index). But your reports can also be helpful for other research institutes: a team from Eawag, in collaboration with the Swiss Ornithological Institute, has been searching for tags that have been used to mark brown trout under grey heron colonies in Central Switzerland. With the help of these data they can show that brown trout raised in fish farms (and later released into the rivers) are more frequently captured by grey herons than trout hatched and raised in the wild. So scientists are using your observations in their research which ultimately also serves to protect birds and other animals.

We are grateful if you try to count the number of occupied nests in known colonies and report this through ornitho.ch. We are also dependent on you to detect any new colonies: Grey herons flying into the edge of a forest can be a promising indication. In order make your data most valuable to science, please report colonies as accurately as possible (precise location) and fill in the number of occupied nests in the colony tool.

Thank you very much for your collaboration!
Swiss Ornithological Institute

posted by Sämi Wechsler
 
Friday, January 11th, 2019
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Long-eared Owl sightings from now automatically hidden
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