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Listen here to Episode 4: "The Mystery of the Migrant"
Nathan Senner, PhD student at Cornell University in New York, holding a tagged adult Hudsonian Godwit.

Episode 4: "The Mystery of the Migrant"

How do you know what the migratory path of a bird is? Well, you track it, of course! But the problem with the Hudsonian Godwit is that it can't be tracked the traditional way with a little GPS backpack type tracking device. So Nathan Senner came up with a new way of mapping migration, using a light sensor data logger that attaches to the Godwit's leg!

Through this new method, Nathan has discovered that two godwit populations, one from Churchill, Manitoba, the other from Beluga, Alaska, have different migratory routes and behaviours! He is also looking at the mismatch hypothesis (remember this from episode 1?) and chick survival.

Nathan's work will also help in the conservation efforts of the Hudsonian Godwit, but I'll let him tell you all about that when you listen to the episode!

Hey, if you see a tagged Hudsonian Godwit, go to ebird.org to fill out a form and help out with Nathan's study!

For more info you can go to Nate's work on Crossing Boundaries, the Cornell Blog of Ornithology - RoundRobin, or for more info about godwits, go to allaboutbirds.org.

The field crew! (from left to right) Hope Batcheller, Andy Johnson, Hannah Specht and Madi McConnell.
This is a tagged adult Hudsonian Godwit with a data logger and ID tag (enlarged on the right) attached to the leg which lets Nathan track migration of this mysterious bird.
This is a mist net that lets the researchers catch the adult birds sitting on their nests.

Avioyak - the buzzing in ears - from Churchill, Manitoba.
My fourth year research thesis in Knowledge Integration, Centre for Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo.
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Dr. LeeAnn Fishback, Churchill Northern Studies Centre
Dr. Ed Jernigan, Centre for Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo