Garden Route Shorebird Conservation Project

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The Remarkable Odyssey of a Semipalmated Sandpiper

Written by Stephen Brown/Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Just a few days ago, Brad Winn and Shiloh Schulte returned from Coats Island with the first two geolocators from the Semipalmated Sandpiper migration study. We were waiting breathlessly to see what mysteries would be revealed! Ron Porter, who is working on analyzing the geolocator data, downloaded and analyzed the data from the first geolocator over the weekend. He produced the map below, which reveals a remarkable odyssey for a tiny bird, the first glimpse ever into the entire migratory pathway of this species.
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Map of the journey of a geotagged Semipalmated Sandpiper. Courtesy of Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Map of the journey of a geotagged Semipalmated Sandpiper. Courtesy of Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences