Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Wouter has done his PhD at the University of Amsterdam where he investigated how weather shapes the migration of European Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) from thermal to flyway. Wouter started in migrant landbird conservation at the Batumi Raptor Count, where he focused mainly on coordination and development of educational tools and projects involving dozens of volunteers, regional students and school children. He continues to coordinate migration research in conjunction with capacity­-building activities in Batumi, and dreams about heading south with the birds into Africa. Through the MLSG, Wouter wants to help facilitate collaborative research that will benefit birds and people across the flyways.