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Migratory Birds Tracking Map

The migratory birds tracking map shows where some birds have traveled while they were wearing a tracking device. All of the information shown on the map is real scientific data collected by scientists who are studying these species. Narrow your search by using the dropdown menus to select a bird species and identity. Looking for latitude and longitude? Click one of the data points on the map or head over to the Migratory Birds Tracking Table.

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Learn more about the black-bellied plover, a large shorebird with a short neck and a distinctive black belly and face.
Learn more about the black-crowned night heron, a medium-sized heron with a stocky build, black crown, gray body and bright, red eyes.
Learn more about the brown pelican, a large, unique bird that lives on shorelines and small islands in colonies with thousands of individuals.
Learn more about the Kirtland's warbler, an endangered bird that nearly went extinct in the past.
Learn more about the long-billed curlew, North America's largest shorebird.
Learn more about the Pacific loon, thought to be the most abundant loon in North America.
Learn more about the Swainson's hawk, a raptor with a thin body and narrow wings that migrates impressive distances.
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Black-bellied plover:

Team: North Slope (2015): Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center; Lee Tibbitts and Dan Ruthrauff, USGS Alaska Science CenterNome, Seward Peninsula (2016): Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Smithsonian Migratory Bird CenterPhil Bruner, Brigham Young University–Hawaii
Tags: 5g Solar-powered Argos Satellite Transmitters, Microwave Telemetry.
Funding: This work was made possible by ConocoPhillips Global Signature Programs.

Black-crowned night heron:

Team: Amy Scarpignato, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Tags: 9.5g Solar-powered Argos Satellite Transmitters, Microwave Telemetry.  
Funding: This work was made possible by ConocoPhillips Global Signature Programs. For more information, read our blogs from the expedition.

Brown pelican:

Team: Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and David Brinker, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tags: 65g Solar-powered GPS-Argos Satellite Transmitters, GeoTrak.
Funding: This work was made possible by a Friends of the National Zoo Conservation Research Grant. For more information, see photos from the expedition.

Long-billed curlew (both of the below):

Team: Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Peter Marra, Amy Scarpignato, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center; David Newstead, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Coastal Bird Program
Tags: 9.5g Solar-powered Satellite Transmitters, Microwave Telemetry.  
Funding: This work was made possible by ConocoPhillips Global Signature Programs. For more information, read our blogs from the expedition.

Team: Tim Keyes and team, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center; David Newstead, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Tags: 9.5g Solar-powered Satellite Transmitters, Microwave Telemetry. .
Funding: This work was made possible by ConocoPhillips Global Signature Programs, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. For more information, read our blogs from the expedition.

Pacific loon:

Team: Joel Schumtz, Brian Uher-Koch, Ray Buchheit, Andrew Myers, USGS Alaska Science Center; Scott Ford, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Tags: 44g Argos Implantable Avian Transmitters Microwave Telemetry.  
Funding: This work was made possible by BRI.