Friday, October 16, 2009

Braddock Bay

Migrating Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise (NPR)

As the weather grows chilly and the days grow short, birds from the north begin their yearly journey south to winter in warmer climates. When completed, the flight maps of these amazing trekkers can cover thousands of miles. At the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, researchers and citizen scientists seek to learn more, tracking the birds' flight patterns and banding song birds. Below are a couple short but very in videos produced by Flora Lichtman and hosted by NPR's Science Friday on the work done at Cornell and Braddock Bay. Enjoy.

For those avid birders interested in migration, related links:
North Pairie Wildlife Research Center: Migration of Birds
Zoological Society of Milwaukee: Bird Migration Facts
Wired Science: Build Your Own Bird Tracker
Audubon Birds and Science

Scientists banding birds at the Braddock Bay Bird Obervatory

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