Goose flight around New Year in W-Europe 2014-2021

Kölzsch A, Lameris TK, Müskens GJDM, Schreven KHT, Buitendijk NH, Kruckenberg H, Moonen S, Heinicke T, Cao L, Madsen J, Wikelski M, Nolet BA. 2022. Goose flight around New Year in W-Europe 2014-2021. Movebank Data Repository.
In the present Anthropocene, wild animals are globally affected by human activity. Consumer fireworks during New Year (NY) are widely distributed in W-Europe and cause strong disturbances that are known to incur stress responses in animals. We analyzed GPS tracks of 347 wild migratory geese of four species during eight NYs quantifying the effects of fireworks on individuals. We show that, in parallel with particulate matter increases, during the night of NY geese flew on average 5–16 km further and 40–150 m higher, and more often shifted to new roost sites than on previous nights. This was also true during the 2020–2021 fireworks ban, despite fireworks activity being reduced. Likely to compensate for extra flight costs, most geese moved less and increased their feeding activity in the following days. Our findings indicate negative effects of NY fireworks on wild birds beyond the previously demonstrated immediate response.
animal movement,animal tracking,Anser albifrons,Anser brachyrhynchus,Anser fabalis,barnacle goose,bean goose,Branta leucopsis,GPS,greater white-fronted goose,GSM telemetry,pink-footed goose
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  title = {Goose flight around New Year in W-Europe 2014-2021},
  author = {Kölzsch, A and Lameris, TK and Müskens, GJDM and Schreven, KHT and Buitendijk, NH and Kruckenberg, H and Moonen, S and Heinicke, T and Cao, L and Madsen, J and Wikelski, M and Nolet, BA},
  year = {2022},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.g51fs0jv/1},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.g51fs0jv/1
T1  - Goose flight around New Year in W-Europe 2014-2021
AU  - Kölzsch, Andrea
AU  - Lameris, Thomas K.
AU  - Müskens, Gerhard J.D.M.
AU  - Schreven, Kees H.T.
AU  - Buitendijk, Nelleke H.
AU  - Kruckenberg, Helmut
AU  - Moonen, Sander
AU  - Heinicke, Thomas
AU  - Cao, Lei
AU  - Madsen, Jesper
AU  - Wikelski, Martin
AU  - Nolet, Bart A.
Y1  - 2022/11/28
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Anser albifrons
KW  - Anser brachyrhynchus
KW  - Anser fabalis
KW  - barnacle goose
KW  - bean goose
KW  - Branta leucopsis
KW  - greater white-fronted goose
KW  - GSM telemetry
KW  - pink-footed goose
KW  - Anser albifrons
KW  - Anser brachyrhynchus
KW  - Anser fabalis
KW  - Branta leucopsis
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.g51fs0jv/1
ER  -