Songbird Migration Ecology

Site where we work arond the Gulf picture
Work Sites
Around Gulf of Mexico

Understanding animal migration is one of the most compelling and challenging problems of modern biology. Each year hundreds of millions of birds migrate extensive distances between their breeding and wintering grounds. These migratory journeys are comprised of extended flights interrupted by stopover periods during which birds refuel, rest, molt, and seek shelter from unfavorable weather conditions and predators. Successful migration depends on the availability of favorable atmospheric conditions aloft and suitable habitat during stopovers. Our ability to understand bird migration, and animal migration in general, has generally been hindered by the large geographic scale of migratory movements, the relatively short time period over which migration takes place, and the small size of most migratory animals. Advances in tracking technology, remote sensing and power of computing resources offer us new tools and approaches to empirically track small migratory animals and integrate measurements of atmospheric and land surface conditions at high spatial resolution over entire continents to better understand this phenomenon. Integrating data collected at large scales with ecological, behavioral and physiological data at small scales and quantitative models allows us to understand the role migration plays in population regulation and the behavioral strategies that birds use to negotiate large geographic features, like the Gulf of Mexico.

Extracting bird from mist net picture
Extracting songbird from mist net
(©Mauricio Andrada)
Fitting radio transmeitter to Swainsons Thrush
Fitting swainson's thrush with radio transmitter
Alabama
(©Jaclyn Smolinsky)
Installing telemetry tower Contoy Island picture
Installing automated radio telemetry antennas
Yucatan Peninsual, Mexico
(©Mauricio Andrada)

Check out the trailer for our upcoming NSF funded documentary

Please see the recent media coverage of our work presented in Merida, Yucatan.
http://yucatan.com.mx/merida/medio-ambiente-merida/un-paso-vital-para-las-aves

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Aerial view Northern Yuncatan Penisula picture
Aerial View
Northern Yucatan Penisula
Blood metabolite analyses picture
Blood Metabolite Analyses
Blood metabolite analyses picture
Blood Metabolite Analyses
Contoy mic and songmeter picture
Contoy Mic and Songmeter
Contoy Island picture
Contoy Island
Contoy Island picture
Contoy Island
Contoy Island picture
Contoy Island
Contoy Island picture
Contoy Island
Contoy Island picture
Contoy Island
Contoy Island picture
Contoy Island QuintanaRoo
Cozumel picture
Cozumel
ElCuyo Yuacatan Mexico picture
El Cuyo Yuacatan Mexico
El Eden Telemetry Antenna picture
El Eden Telemetry Antenna
Field Crew El Eden picture
El Eden Field Crew
Fitting Radio Transmitter to Swainsons Thrush picture
Fitting Radio Transmitter
Swainsons Thrush
Ft Morgan Alabama picture
Ft Morgan, Alabama
Ft Morgan Alabama picture
Ft Morgan, Alabama
Ft Morgan Alabama picture
Holbox Mic on Mast
Installing telemetry tower in El Cuyo Yucatan picture
Installing Telemetry Tower
El Cuyo Yucatan
Installing telemetry tower in El Cuyo Yucatan picture
Installing Telemetry Tower
El Cuyo Yucatan
Installing telemetry antennas in El Cuyo Yucatan picture
Installing Telemetry Antennas
El Cuyo Yucatan
Installing telemetry antennas in El Cuyo Yucatan picture
Installing Telemetry Antennas
El Cuyo Yucatan
Installing telemetry tower in Mexico picture
Installing Telemetry Tower
Mexico
Installing telemetry antennas Rio Lagartos Yucatan picture
Installing Telemetry Antennas
Rio Lagartos Yucatan
Installing telemetry antennas Rio Lagartos Yucatan picture
Installing Telemetry Antennas
Rio Lagartos Yucatan
Installing telemetry antennas Sisa Yucatan picture
Installing Telemetry Antennas
Sisal Yucatan
Making Telemetry Antennas UADY picture
Making Telemetry Antennas UADY
Making Telemetry Antennas UADY picture
Making Telemetry Antennas UADY
Making Telemetry Antennas UADY picture
Making Telemetry Antennas UADY
Pulse Transmitter picture
Pulse Transmitter
Radio telemetry tower El Cuyo Field Station picture
Radio Telemetry Tower
El Cuyo Field Station
Radio telemetry tower Sisal Yucatan picture
Radio Telemetry Tower
Sisal Yucatan
Red Eyed Vireo with transmitter picture
Red Eyed Vireo with Transmitter
Red Eyed Vireo with Transmitter picture
Red Eyed Vireo with Transmitter
Rio Lagartos Yucatan Mexico picture
Rio Lagartos Yucatan Mexico
Telemetry antennas picture
Telemetry Antennas
Dzilam DeBravo Yucatan view picture
Telemetry Tower
Dzilam DeBravo Yucatan
El Cuyo Yucatan view picture
Telemetry Tower
El Cuyo Yucatan
El Cuyo Yucatan picture
Telemetry Tower
El Cuyo Yucatan
Holbox Quintana Roof picture
Telemetry Tower
Holbox Quintana Roof