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The Stern lands in the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center

To draw attention to the IJsselmeer region and to show how special this nature area is, Vogelbescherming took the initiative to develop the travelling exhibition De Stern. The travelling exhibition can be seen at various beautiful locations along the IJsselmeer coast; it started on Fort Island Pampus and will now be on display at the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre. Through the eyes of five tern species, whose habitat includes the IJsselmeer coast, you will discover everything about the nature of the IJsselmeer, under and above water.

About exhibition the Stern

The travelling exhibition De Stern (The Tern) is temporarily on display at the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center. Through the eyes of five tern species (common tern, arctic tern, little tern, laughing tern and black tern), the exhibition De Stern lets visitors discover the beautiful IJsselmeer nature under and above water. The terns show what makes the IJsselmeer region such a valuable nature reserve. The exhibition also shows promising nature developments in the IJsselmeer region and where the opportunities lie. Play an interactive IJsselmeer game, view 3D drawings of the five terns, listen to mini podcasts by world record-breaker Arjan Dwarshuis or take a (dry) dive under water!

On a discovery tour

Have you visited exhibition de Stern and do you want to make your visit complete? Then go outside and explore with the free bird map. This bird map has been specially developed for the area around the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre by the Dutch Society for the Protection of Birds. Using the bird map, you can recognise the various birds for whom the IJsselmeer region is so important. We also offer you the opportunity to borrow a pair of binoculars, so that you can admire the birds even better. Binoculars are available at the reception desk.

“We are very pleased that De Stern is landing at this special location. The Afsluitdijk Wadden Center is a beautiful location that is more than worth a visit and, moreover, a lot of work is being done here on the Vismigratory River. This will allow huge amounts of fish to swim up into the IJsselmeer from the Wadden Sea. Not only does this benefit marine life, it also creates more food (small fish) for birds such as common terns. And that is exactly what we are showing in our travelling exhibition, the connection between nature under and above water, what makes the IJsselmeer region such an important and bird-rich nature reserve and one that deserves our protection!”


Leo Bruinzeel, ecologist Bird Protection Netherlands


De Stern is an exhibition of the Vogelbescherming Nederland and has been made possible thanks to the Nationale Postcode Loterij, the provincie Noord-Holland, car company Stern, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Sportvisserij Nederland. Several organisations have contributed to the content of the exhibition: Coalitie Blauwe Hart Natuurlijk, It Fryske Gea, Staatsbosbeheer, Natuurmonumenten, Sportvisserij Nederland, Rijkswaterstaat en de Waddenvereniging.

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