Technology on the Move: Recent and Forthcoming Innovations for Tracking Migratory Birds

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

  • Author: Bridge, Eli S.

    University of Oklahoma

  • Author: Thorup, Kasper

    University of Copenhagen2

  • Author: Bowlin, Melissa S.

    University of Michigan

  • Author: Chilson, Phillip B.

    University of Oklahoma

  • Author: Diehl, Robert H.

    University of Southern Mississippi

  • Author: Fléron, René

    Measurement and Instrumentation Systems, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Elektrovej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Hartl, Phillip

    Max Planck Institute

  • Author: Kays, Roland

    New York State Museum

  • Author: Kelly, Jeffrey F.

    University of Oklahoma

  • Author: Robinson, W. Douglas

    Oregon State University

  • Author: Wikelski, Martin

    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

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Basic questions about the life histories of migratory birds have confounded scientists for generations, yet we are nearing an era of historic discovery as new tracking technologies make it possible to determine the timing and routes of an increasing number of bird migrations. Tracking small flying animals as they travel over continental-scale distances is a difficult logistical and engineering challenge. Although no tracking system works well with all species, improvements to traditional technologies, such as satellite tracking, along with innovations related to global positioning systems, cellular networks, solar geolocation, radar, and information technology are improving our understanding of when and where birds go during their annual cycles and informing numerous scientific disciplines, including evolutionary biology, population ecology, and global change. The recent developments described in this article will help us answer many long-standing questions about animal behavior and life histories.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioScience
Publication date2011
Volume61
Issue9
Pages689-698
ISSN0006-3568
DOIs
StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 37
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