Icarus is launched

March 10, 2020

The German-Russian observation system for animal migration Icarus, went into operation today. With the cooperation project of the Max Planck Society, the Russian space agency Roskosmos and the German ...

Birds migrate regardless of climatic conditions

February 21, 2020

Billions of birds around the world migrate in search of breeding and wintering grounds each year. Their migratory behaviour is primarily influenced by the prevailing climate. Until now, the question ...

The journeys of hoverflies

July 18, 2019

Life on Earth is in continuous movement. Many animal species migrate seasonally from winter to summer habitats. These include numerous insects, and, according to the latest findings, also hoverflies ...

Wildlife Observation from Space

Video August 16, 2018

Martin Wikelski and his team at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior are investigating the global migration of animals

Icarus – on the move with animals


he animals of our planet are constantly in motion – some may fly, swim, or migrate thousands of kilometers; others move just a few hundred metres. They all have one thing in common, however: little is known about their journeys

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