A population model for herring gull and lesser black-backed gull in the Rotterdam port area

Rotterdam is Europe’s largest seaport, with imposing offshore installations, staggering amounts of containers, vast petrochemical industries and plenty of activity. Plants and animals also know how to make good use of the open, sparse areas of sandy ground near the coast. Ground-breeding birds such as terns, plovers, oystercatchers and especially gulls reach high numbers there. […]

Shorebirds report on the effectiveness of wadden management (WAAKVOGELS)

WAAKVOGELS aims to better understand the effects of recovery measures and interventions in the Wadden Sea region by collecting a type of data and knowledge that is lacking in current monitoring schemes. Based on these monitoring data and historical monitoring series on six carefully chosen bird species, we focus on questions of (specific) management and […]

Nature-inclusive energy transition wind and high voltage on land (NIEWHOL)

The research within the NIEWHOL project aims to better understand the effects on populations of bird species vulnerable to mortality and habitat loss caused by wind turbines and high-voltage power lines. The results of the research contribute to preventing and compensating for mortality of vulnerable species, which are species known to be relatively sensitive to […]

AI toolkit for phenotyping bird populations

In cooperation with Track32 we developed a computer vision and AI toolkit for phenotyping bird populations. This software toolkit can handle complex datasets, containing both bird images and information from field work and other sources. An important part of the toolkit is a vision algorithm that can segment an image of a bird’s head into […]