October 6, 2020
The(International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space) initiative has successfully completed a test phase in the past months and has started its first pilot project across Europe. Martin Wikelski, co-director of the Max Planck Yale Center for Animal Movement Biodiversity and Global Change and principal investigator of , will track thousands birds, such as blackbirds (Turdus merula) across Europe to better understand where and why bird populations are declining throughout the world. With trillions of animals migrating across the world connecting ecosystems, the tracking technology will provide researchers with unprecedented opportunities to study the causes and consequences of such animal movement across the world. The project has received support from the German and Russian Space Agencies and has recently received endorsement from the Interior Ministries of both countries as a successful international collaboration throughout these difficult times.