Why do meadow birds prefer area X to area Y? Where do they rest when they migrate and why do rest there and not somewhere else? How do populations grow and decline? Is there a relationship between the birds’ behaviour and ours? In a variety of research projects, scientists from the University of Groningen try to find answers to these questions. For example, from 2012 to 2015, they have examined the Black-tailed Godwit reserve “Skriezekrite Idzegea,” comparing the population in this protected area with those in other parts of Southwest Friesland. The project “Recovery Demography of Black-tailed Godwits” is an international programme which researches demographic developments, while “Black-tailed Godwits and the World” maps migration routes. “Ruff, Lapwings and other Meadow Birds” examines meadow birds other than godwits. Many University of Groningen scientists are committed to King of the Meadows not only professionally, but also personally.