Tracking Methods: How We Know Where Birds Go

Technologies and methods that help scientists reveal the unique paths traveled by individual birds

September 14, 2023

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Tracking Methods: How We Know Where Birds Go


This episode is all about the ways that scientists track the movements of individual birds.

The focus of today’s episode is not so much about the behaviors of birds, but about the technologies used by researchers to study bird behavior—the methods used to reveal the movements of birds.

And our focus will be on the tracking of individual birds. There are other methods scientists use to record the mass movements of birds, like using radar to track flocks of migrants.

But today we’re looking at techniques that can reveal the unique paths taken by an individual bird—a sandpiper, a hawk, albatross, pheasant, penguin, or whoever.

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This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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