The Museum of Migration of Ventotene is housed in a refurbished building that was used during the Second World War as a radio link and known as the “traffic light”.
The island of Ventotene is on one of the main migratory routes of over 150 species of birds between Africa and northern Europe, and since 1988 it has been a site of study and research on avifauna. A terrace overlooking the sea allows you to watch the extraordinary flights of birds.
Ventotene is an important stop for the migration of birds that in autumn and spring choose the island to make a stop during their journey, after crossing the sea. This is why the island has become a “Nature Reserve” known to all birdwatchers. There is a laboratory that allows scholars to find and monitor the conditions and the number of migrants.
The birds are captured with thin nets that are checked every hour by the researchers, who record physiological and morphological data, such as fat, weight and size. Each individual bird is ringed with a circlet having an international alphanumeric code, and released in a short time, so that it can resume his journey and in future be recognized, in case of recapture, on return or beyond these geographical and political boundaries.