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Dr. Pete Marra unlocks the mysteries of shorebird migration with the support of ConocoPhillips.

Find out more about this project by watching the video and reading the expedition blog.

→ Read the expedition blog posts

Expedition Blogs

First-hand updates from our researchers in the field.

Night Heron Update

Site Set-up


Bird Photo Gallery