Although the lapwings still dance “through the air” in many areas, they are now a lot less than roughly 25 years ago. This is because too few chicks grow up. In the Year of Lapwing (2016) a large collaborative study of lapwing chickens was started by Sovon, the Bird Traction Station and many volunteers, and will continue in 2017. By ringing the chicks with code flags, we want to determine the survival, and especially whether it is higher in areas where measures are taken for chicks. In 2016, a total of 383 young Lapwings were provided with a color ring. The survival of these chicks was sadly low in all areas (about 10% of the chicks), partly due to the wet weather in April. Hopefully things will fare better this spring! Ask Maja Roodbergen