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SMBC researcher Autumn-Lynn Harrison began writing a blog from the North Slope of Alaska.
The long days and rich food resources support millions of birds that migrate to the Alaskan tundra to breed. Our goal is to better understand the migratory connectivity of two of these species: Black-bellied Plovers and Pacific Loons. We hope to attach satellite transmitters to ten individuals of each species. Satellite tags allow us to track birds in near real-time, providing us with important connectivity information including migratory pathways, locations of stop-over and wintering areas, and the similarity (or dissimilarity) among individuals.
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