The bartailed godwit will be sampled this spring.
The East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) stretches from central Siberia to Alaska, down through Asia and across the Pacific to Australia and New Zealand. Holding around 7 million shorebirds, it is one of the smaller of the world’s major flyways, but is poorly known and highly threatened through reclamation on the staging grounds. This site highlights the research into the biology of migratory shorebirds being undertaken at the southern end of the flyway, in New Zealand….
Tracking the world’s greatest migrant: how long does it take Bar-tailed Godwits to cross the Pacific?
Eastern Bar-tailed Godwits are arguably the world’s greatest migrant. Several lines of evidence suggest that birds refuelling in Alaska may migrate direct to New Zealand and eastern Australia across the Pacific Ocean, but there is as yet no direct evidence for this flight. An international effort is seeking to use radio-tracking during southward migration in 2005 to determine how long it takes godwits to travel from Alaska to New Zealand….
This is the personal site of Phil Battley, and its focus is on Northern Hemisphere migrants rather than New Zealand’s indigenous breeding shorebirds.
Read the Young Naturalist Award winner,
Kolea Watch Project