THE TERRA wildlife research & ornithology BLOG

Nature, Wildlife, Birds & Migration

Bird Migration — bird banding

The Case of the Sleeping Swallow

The Case of the Sleeping Swallow

Today we take it for granted that birds migrate — maybe we don’t know where, but we know it’s a fact. Until the past couple of hundred years, though, migration was not a given. In fact, for most of history migration was a persistent and largely unsolvable mystery, with dozens of theories that ranged from the likely to the preposterous.
The Case of the Gunslinging Godwit

The Case of the Gunslinging Godwit

In 2007, using the same type of devices that CTT manufactures, a few godwits were fitted with tiny, solar-powered trackers, and that allowed scientists to follow their exact journey, which has proven to be the longest non-stop flight for any bird! With Terra, we hope to discover more of those secrets.
The Case of the Missing Spectacles

The Case of the Missing Spectacles

In spite of our advanced technology, places like the Arctic Circle pose challenges to researchers that can be impossible to overcome. Deep cold, days without sunlight, and deadly storms all make studying the creatures of the far north especially difficult. The fact that any creature survives in such menacing conditions is a miracle of nature, and no animal is so miraculous as the Spectacled Eider. 

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