Now That’s a Migration Flight!

Uncovering the mystery of migration is something that we humans have been trying to do, well, probably for forever.

Researchers with the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences recently retrieved two tiny geolocators, which had been placed on Semipalmated Sandpipers in June 2013. One of the units experienced a failed battery and had to be sent back to England where it was manufactured so that the data could be retrieved.

The second unit – worn by a male Semipalmated Sandpiper told researchers the tale of an incredible, year-long journey, which encompassed 10,000 miles.

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  1. PattiLat January 16, 2015 9:53 pm

    Most interesting article and video. 10,000 miles and the geolocator even tells the where and whats of the stops! Such a little guy able to follow the route he knows from his parents OR is this the case? Do we know yet or are we still learning. I would guess the second. We have so much more to learn concerning all creatures of this wondrous planet. We’ve just begun.

  2. Dmcallister January 15, 2015 9:37 am

    Just gotta say wow. I cannot believe that little tiny bird flew all that way and back. crazy. thank you for sharing this story.

  3. ffmn January 15, 2015 8:47 am

    Wow…I’m shaking my head in disbelief but it happened. This is amazing what these Sandpipers DO!! I find the nonstop mileage that do in one segment of their flight unbelievable, but it is true. Again, WOW. Thanks for sharing on FJ.

  4. Billy Brooks January 15, 2015 6:58 am

    Brad Winn, the Monomet Bid Observatory researcher in this story was formerly with the Georgia DNR and often assisted WCEP in tracking EMP birds when they were in Georgia including a group from the 2006 cohort that spent some time in the salt marshes behind St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, Georgia in January 2007.