MH_ANTWERPEN - Western marsh harriers (Circus aeruginosus, Accipitridae) breeding near Antwerp (Belgium) [subsampled representation]

Latest version published by Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) on 23 May 2022 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
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23 May 2022
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This animal tracking dataset is derived from Spanoghe et al. (2022, https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6568082) a deposit of Movebank study 938783961. Data have been standardized to Darwin Core using the movepub R package and are downsampled to the first GPS position per hour. The original dataset description follows.

MH_ANTWERPEN - Western marsh harriers (Circus aeruginosus, Accipitridae) breeding near Antwerp (Belgium) is a bird tracking dataset published by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). It contains animal tracking data collected by the LifeWatch GPS tracking network for large birds (http://lifewatch.be/en/gps-tracking-network-large-birds) for the project/study MH_ANTWERPEN, using trackers developed by the University of Amsterdam Bird Tracking System (UvA-BiTS, http://www.uva-bits.nl). The study has been operational since 2018. In total 4 individuals of Western marsh harriers (Circus aeruginosus) have been tagged in their breeding area near the city of Antwerp (Belgium), mainly to study their habitat use and migration behaviour. Data are periodically uploaded from the UvA-BiTS database to Movebank and from there archived on Zenodo (see https://github.com/inbo/bird-tracking).

See Milotic et al. (2020, https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.947.52570) for a more detailed description of this dataset.

This dataset was collected using infrastructure provided by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch.

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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: e347ea47-db3f-4c47-8771-ea562330382c.  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.


animal movement; animal tracking; gps tracking; accelerometer; altitude; temperature; biologging; birds; LifeWatch; UvA-BiTS; Movebank; frictionlessdata; Occurrence; Observation


Geert Spanoghe
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Peter Desmet
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Kjell Janssens
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Nico De Regge
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Joost Vanoverbeke