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Bird tracking - GPS tracking of Western Marsh Harriers breeding near the Belgium-Netherlands border

Latest version published by Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) on May 16, 2017 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)

Bird tracking - GPS tracking of Western Marsh Harriers breeding near the Belgium-Netherlands border is a species occurrence dataset published by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). The dataset contains over 290.000 occurrences (GPS fixes) recorded between 2013 and 2017 by GPS trackers mounted on 6 Western Marsh Harriers breeding near the Belgium-Netherlands border. The trackers are developed by the University of Amsterdam Bird Tracking System (UvA-BiTS, http://www.uva-bits.nl) and allow to study the harriers' habitat use and migration behaviour in great detail. Our bird tracking network is operational since 2013 and is maintained and used by the INBO, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), UvA-BiTS, Ghent University (UGent), and the University of Antwerp (UA). See the dataset metadata for contact information, scope, and methodology. Issues with the dataset can be reported at https://github.com/inbo/data-publication/tree/master/datasets/bird-tracking-wmh-occurrences

The following information is not included in the dataset and available upon request: outliers, speed, temperature, barometric pressure, GPS metadata (fix time, number of satellites used, vertical accuracy), and bird weight measured during tagging.

To allow anyone to use this dataset, we have released the data to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/). We would appreciate however, if you read and follow these norms for data use (http://www.inbo.be/en/norms-for-data-use) and provide a link to the original dataset (https://doi.org/10.15468/rbguhj) whenever possible. If you use these data for a scientific paper, please cite the dataset following the applicable citation norms and/or consider us for co-authorship. We are always interested to know how you have used or visualized the data, or to provide more information, so please contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata, opendata@inbo.be or https://twitter.com/LifeWatchINBO.

The bird tracking network used to collect these data is set up and maintained by the INBO and VLIZ as part of the Flemish contribution to LifeWatch.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 293,608 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 293,608 records in English (10 MB) - Update frequency: as needed
Metadata as an EML file download in English (18 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (12 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Anselin A, Desmet P, Janssens K, T'Jollyn F, De Bruyn L, Hernandez F, Bouten W, Lens L (2017): Bird tracking - GPS tracking of Western Marsh Harriers breeding near the Belgium-Netherlands border. v1.1. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Dataset/Occurrence. https://doi.org/10.15468/rbguhj

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 2fc1d8b5-9c99-4e03-8c3c-11a6e51a298f.  Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Belgian Biodiversity Platform.

Keywords

Occurrence; Observation; animal movement; bird tracking; GPS tracking; habitat use; migration; Western Marsh Harrier; Circus aeruginosus; bruine kiekendief; UvA-BiTS; LifeWatch; MachineObservation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Anny Anselin
Senior researcher
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://www.inbo.be
Peter Desmet
Data lab coordinator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://lifewatch.inbo.be
Kjell Janssens
Field assistant
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://www.inbo.be
Filiep T'Jollyn
Expert assistant
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://www.inbo.be
Luc De Bruyn
Senior scientist
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://www.inbo.be
Francisco Hernandez
Data centre manager
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) Wandelaarkaai 7 8400 Ostend West Flanders BE
http://www.vliz.be
Willem Bouten
Chair of Computational Geo-Ecology
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904 1098 XH Amsterdam North Holland NL
http://uva-bits.nl
Luc Lens
Director
Terrestrial Ecology Unit (TEREC) Terrestrial Ecology Unit (TEREC) 9000 Ghent East Flanders BE
http://www.ecology.ugent.be/terec/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Anny Anselin
Senior scientist
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://www.inbo.be
Peter Desmet
Data lab coordinator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://lifewatch.inbo.be

Who filled in the metadata:

Anny Anselin
Senior scientist
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://www.inbo.be
Peter Desmet
Data lab coordinator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region BE
http://lifewatch.inbo.be

Geographic Coverage

The tracked birds were tagged in their breeding range near the Belgium-Netherlands border. It is a polder area dominated by creeks, located in the provinces of East-Flanders (Belgium) and Zeeland (the Netherlands) bordered by the Western Scheldt in the north and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal in the east. During breeding season, the foraging range of the harriers is generally restricted to less than 10 km from the nest. Starting in September the birds migrate south, hibernating in Sub-Saharan areas of West Africa. Spring arrivals start in March.

Bounding Coordinates South West [10, -20], North East [55, 15]

Taxonomic Coverage

The dataset contains tracking data from 6 Western Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) breeding near the Belgium-Netherlands border.

Kingdom  Animalia (animals)
Phylum  Chordata
Class  Aves (birds)
Order  Falconiformes
Family  Accipitridae
Genus  Circus (harriers)
Species  Circus aeruginosus (Western Marsh Harrier)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2013-05-16 / 2017-04-30
Formation Period breeding season 2013
Formation Period migration/wintering season 2013-2014
Formation Period breeding season 2014
Formation Period migration/wintering season 2014-2015
Formation Period breeding season 2015
Formation Period migration/wintering season 2015-2016
Formation Period breeding season 2016
Formation Period migration/wintering season 2016-2017

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Bouten W, Baaij EW, Shamoun-Baranes J, Camphuysen KCJ (2013) A flexible GPS tracking system for studying bird behaviour at multiple scales. Journal of Ornithology 154(2): 571-580. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-012-0908-1 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-012-0908-1

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 2fc1d8b5-9c99-4e03-8c3c-11a6e51a298f
http://data.inbo.be/ipt/resource?r=bird-tracking-wmh-occurrences