We work with the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution to collect connectivity information for several bird species that follow a migratory flyway aligned with our areas of operation. These birds include species that breed from the North Slope of Alaska to the oil sands of northern Alberta, then migrate south through the "prairie potholes" into Texas, and across the Gulf of Mexico to wintering grounds as far south as Colombia.
Tracking animal movement aids conservation and is also essential for predicting the spread of invasive species, agricultural pests and pandemic disease.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center uses advanced tracking technologies including satellite and cell phone transmitters. Species currently under analysis include:
- Black-bellied Plover
- Broad-winged Hawk
- Common Nighthawk
- Connecticut Warbler
- Glaucous Gull
- Long-billed Curlew
- Pacific Loon
- Rusty Blackbird
2019 plans include field expeditions and species analysis of:
- Bluethroats and Arctic Terns
- Long-billed Curlews
- Mountain Plovers
- Flammulated Owls
- Long-tailed, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers
Learn more about The Migratory Connectivity Project on Alaska’s North Slope.
Learn more about live animal migration tracking.