New study reveals how fences hinder migratory wildlife in the West

Wildlife biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, combined GPS location data of tagged mule deer and pronghorn antelope with satellite imagery of Wyoming fences to find out just how often these animals encounter fences, and what happens when they do. As part of the study, the researchers created a software package that uses GPS […]

Satellite tag tracks activity levels of highly migratory species across the vast ocean

Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) equipped with ATS enabled PSAT during captive validation trials. Credit: Matt Bernanke– Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and Wildlife Computers, Inc. today announced the release of a new activity data product application for marine animal tracking. The technology is designed to remotely track and transmit […]

Variety in the migratory behavior of blackcaps

Through a large-scale study with so-called geolocators, researchers led by Miriam Liedvogel of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany, were able to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding the phenomenon of the blackcap’s bird migration. Many species of birds have always migrated south in the fall to spend the winter there, […]

The efficiency of migratory birds’ flight formations

Researchers guide migratory birds to their wintering grounds. The data obtained in this way provide important insights into how the animals save energy when flying in V formation. Credit: Waldrappteam Migratory birds flying south provide an impressive example of cooperative behavior that saves power and energy. In the past, it was impossible for scientists to […]