Dataset and Code for: Fuelling conditions at staging sites can mitigate Arctic warming effects in a migratory bird

  • Eldar Rakhimberdiev (Creator)
  • Sjoerd Duijns (Creator)
  • Julia Karagicheva (Creator)
  • Cornelis J. Camphuysen (Creator)
  • VRS Castricum (Creator)
  • Anne Dekinga (Creator)
  • Rob Dekker (Creator)
  • Anatoly Gavrilov (Creator)
  • Job ten Horn (Creator)
  • Joop Jukema (Creator)
  • Anatoly Saveliev (Creator)
  • Mikhail Y. Soloviev (Creator)
  • T. Lee Tibbitts (Creator)
  • Jan van Gils (Creator)
  • Theunis Piersma (Supervisor)



Our study combines data on godwits and their food resources at the main wintering, spring refuelling, and breeding sites along the flyway. To track in detail how individual birds connect these sites, we instrumented eight godwits with satellite transmitters in 2016. To estimate population trends, we counted birds each winter from 2002 to 2016 at the main wintering area, the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, West Africa. For godwits staging in the Wadden Sea during northward migration, we assessed the relationship between the annual refuelling rates and the density of their main prey, adult lugworms (Arenicola marina), using a 21-year dataset and a hierarchical Bayesian model that accounted for year-specific arrival dates and arrival mass of godwits.
Date made available6-Sept-2018
PublisherUniversity of Groningen
Geographical coverage Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, Wadden Sea, The Netherlands

Keywords on Datasets

  • Ecology
  • bar-tailed godwit
  • animal migration
  • climate-change ecology
  • phenology
  • population dynamics
  • Limosa lapponica

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