2019 Migration Project

In connection with several scientific partners, we carried out a photographic report on the marking of migratory birds in Europe.

Our objective

Promote research for knowledge and conservation of migratory birds in Europe

Our guiding principle

Accompany the birds as they migrate from wintering areas on Atlantic coast to the northern breeding regions in Lapland


The project assessment

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Varanger – Norvège

Lofoten – Norvège

Laponie finlandaise

Maaninka – Finlande

Turku – Finlande

Kristianstad – Suède

Christiansø – Danemark

Belgique – Pays-Bas

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of travel to the North


crossed along the flyway


with scientific structures


identified during the trip



the world of research by offering communication supports to our scientific partners


in the promotion and valorisation of scientific activities carried out in the field


Raise awareness
of the need to preserve biodiversity and act for the conservation of migratory birds in Europe



1237 images freely given to partner scientists, usable for their communication actions



9 ringing experiences: technical support for ringers in the field


9 online photo albums on ringing experiences: images and popularized explanatory texts


7 exhibitions and conferences to present the ringing of migratory birds


5 interventions with middle school and kindergarten students


10 online photo albums presenting the diversity of birds in their natural environment

Click below to read the complete project report


Latest news

New album: Autumn migration over the Netherlands

6 novembre 2021

Two years after our trip along the flyway, Pierre and Pierre-Lou returned for a short week to the route of our previous trip. In the Netherlands, on the island of Texel and in Zeeland, in October, we observed this time the autumn migration and the first arrivals for the winter.

After a long break, here is a new album to share with you some of the pictures taken during this trip, coloured with a touch of nostalgia...

Find out my interview on the 2019 migration project for the French Ministry of Higher Education!

9 janvier 2021

As the winner of the Young Reporters for the Environment competition, I went to the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche et de l'Innovation to conduct an interview and present my project carried out in 2019.

It was an opportunity to look back over my journey along the flyway and the construction of the project, but also to discuss my passion for ornithological photography more widely!

You can discover the interview on the etudiant.gouv.fr website.

Happy New Year 2021!

1 janvier 2021

Here is a winter atmosphere in the Vosges to wish you all the best for the New Year!

My picture on the cover of the 2020 Wetlands International Census Report !

13 décembre 2020

The waterbird census in mid-January is organised by Wetlands International, an organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands around the world.

Thanks to a network of more than 150,000 volunteers, 50,000 wetlands are referenced and counted in nearly 180 countries around the world. The census is carried out simultaneously in each major region (over one or two days around mid-January) in order to provide a snapshot of the distribution of water populations on the different migration routes.

This year, the Wetlands network, the LPO and the OFB have taken up my image of teals to illustrate the cover of the report. A nice recognition for my images!

News from our friend Pentti, Finnish ringer of Goldeneyes!

9 septembre 2020

It is always rewarding to see that the images taken during my trip in 2019 are used to promote the research activities carried out by ornithologists in the field! This article published in the Finnish magazine Metsästäjä gives us news about our friend Pentti Runko, a skilled goldeneye ringer in the heart of Finland. He has now reached the number of 18,000 ducks of this species ringed in 37 years of activity. And he carries out this considerable scientific work on a voluntary basis, dedicating all his annual vacations to this activity in the spring. Pentti was recently awarded by the Hako Ollikainen Foundation for his work in the service of knowledge and preservation of the Common Goldeneye. Congratulations !

The magazine Metsästäjä is the most important guidance and educational tool of the Finnish Wildlife Agency.

See you this weekend at the Spot-Nature festival at the Jardins Suspendus of Le Havre!

6 septembre 2020

From Friday at 10:30 am and until Sunday at 7 pm, you can discover the nature photographs of 120 authors selected by the jury of the festival! And you will notably find my image entitled "Symmetry", representing these 2 arctic dives (Gavia arctica) photographed on Lake Termisjärvi, in the extreme North of Finnish Lapland.
Thanks again to Spot-Nature and its organizers for this beautiful festival!

Pierre-Lou's article is the winner of the Young Reporters for the Environment contest !

2 juillet 2020

I am pleased to announce that my report entitled "A Ring for the Union of Birds and Men" is the winner of the French Young Reporters for the Environment contest!
In this article, I discuss the problems of bird population management and I look back on the beautiful experiences I encountered during my trip across Europe last year. Feel free to read the article by clicking on the link below!

We will be exhibiting at the Festival of Camargue from 7 to 12 May!

1 février 2020

--- Festival cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak ---

Our exhibition has been selected by the Festival of Camargue Committee! We will therefore have a stand from 7 to 12 May on this occasion.
We will give you more details and all the practical information to visit us!

The image "Sanderlings and the sea" selected for a public prize!

25 janvier 2020

The image entitled "The sanderlings and the sea", created by Pierre-Lou on the island of Texel, was pre-selected for the public prize in the Friends of the Tour du Valat association's competition!

It is the public's "likes" that will decide the 15 images selected by the jury!

Our visit to the Louis Pasteur primary school in Rueil-Malmaison

16 janvier 2020

On Friday, January 17, we spent the day at the Louis Pasteur primary school in Rueil-Malmaison.
We visited two classes of 6 to 7 years-old pupils to carry out different activities around the themes of birds and travel. In the morning, two times of exchanges were planned to discover the birds and the particularities of certain species, discuss the trip and photography. In the afternoon, we participated with the schoolchildren in different educational workshops to put into practice the discoveries of the morning.

And it was a very enriching experience for us too! So a big thank you to the students and the teaching team for their welcome and their great motivation throughout the day!

Find out our annual report for the year 2019!

1 janvier 2020

Through this document, we return to our year 2019 and the results of our project on the ringing of migratory birds!

It is also an opportunity for us to thank all those who made this great adventure possible!

Our feedback to the AgroParisTech community

5 décembre 2019

Through several exhibitions and conferences on the AgroParisTech sites of Maine and Claude Bernard, we presented our work and impressions on the trip.

These events were an opportunity to exchange with researchers, students and staff of our school and to promote our work, but also and above all that of the ringers we met over the past few months across Europe!

About the team

A complementary and determined duo

AVES is the brainchild of Pierre-Lou Chapot, a French engineering student at AgroParisTech. For years, he has been passionate about bird watching and wildlife photography. 

Originally from the small village of Beurey-sur-Saulx, Lorraine, he was able to huel his passion at the heart of remarkable spots of the region, such as the Lac du Der or the Lindre ponds.​

His solo trip to Northern Finnish Lapland in 2017 will have confirmed his attraction to the open spaces. After spending 5 months in Argentina in 2018, he will soon accompany migratory birds across Europe.

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Pierre Blanchot joined the AVES team for the realization of our photographic project on the ringing of migratory birds in Europe.


Originally from Rueil-Malmaison, Parisian region, this engineering student at AgroParisTech is full of energy in everything he undertakes.

Fervent rugby player, he is passionate about collective adventures and rich of many experiences in associative life.


Pierre wishes to participate in the development of AVES and our project for the promotion of research on migratory birds.


Partners of the project


Financial and material partners

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Scientific partners

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Our crowdfunders

Abel Masson - Alain Kronenberg - Alain Monchamp - Alice Le Trouher - André Dieudonne - André Marre - Anne Baranger - Anne Marie Cler - Anne Richaud - Antoine Chapot - Apolline Vert - Arlette Chapot - Arthur Lefebure - Arthur Loubat - Aude Aubriet - Aurélie Delanoue - Benoit Charon - Benoit Kronenberg - Bertrand Delerry - Betty Debourg - Carole Troisi - Catherine Cazals - Cécile Huchard - Cécile Villenave - Chantal  Manet - Charlotte Durand - Charlotte Francesiaz - Christian Guyomard - Christine Julienne - Claude André - Cléa Lefebvre - Clément Couloigner - Danielle Grossier - Didier B - Elisabeth Hougleur - Elisabeth Michel - Elise Perniceni - Elodie Fesquet - Elsa Seibert - Emile Kronenberg - Erick Curinier - Evilys Mrtl-zns - Florence Deram - Florie Chapot - Francine Jacob - Françoise Balestrieri - Françoise Chapron - Frédéric Ronteix - Gabriel Bouscavert - Gauthier Urano - Genevieve Teil - Ghislaine Landot-Paty - Hannah Dutournier - Harold Robert - Henri-Georges & Praline Wendling - Hugo Delerry - Jacqueline André - Jean-Loup Pecqueux - Jean-Pierre Bouchaudon - Jean-Yves Conchon - Joëlle André-Vert - Julie Dulat - Julie Roux - Julien Lacroix - Juliette Raoul-Fortésa - Laurence et Alain André - Léa Sauvaget - Liam Laurent - Lorraine et Margot  Chapot - Lucas Ben Moura - Lucas Delerry - Madeleine Gdt - Mahé Adrian - Manu Guiraud - Marc Authier - Marc Lestrat - Marc Roussin - Margaux Troisi - Marie Haton - Marie Parmentier - Marieke Mtnt - Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart - Martin Liberati - Max Troisbandes - Michel Lacroix - Michèle Gros - Morgane Turlan - Myriam Hache - Nadia Janati - Nathalie  Legendre - Nicolas Ivanovsky - Odette Conchon - Olivier Girard - Olivier Haillant - Ombeline Malbrunot - Pascal et Nathalie Chapot - Pascal Hache - Pascal Remond - Pascale Laurent - Patrick Marquis - Rafik Halli - Raphaëlle Vert - Scherazade Tiour - Stéphane Bert - Sylvie Blanchot - Thomas Blanchot - Thomas Domalain - Thomas Marguier - Tristan Bonnec - Valentin Cocco - Valérie André - Victor Mignon - Victor Van der Meersch - Vincent Blanchot - Vincent Chapot - Yacine Kabech - Yohan Richaud

A huge thank you goes to all of those who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign!

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