How do you conserve what you can’t follow? Nate Senner, a former Cornell graduate student, studies one the most accomplished migrants on earth, the Hudsonian Godwit. Although we know that godwits summer in Alaska and Canada and winter in South America, the entire population disappears for a few months during migration. They can’t keep flying for months on end, so where do they stop over? Nate is trying to fill in the gaps of our understanding by continuously tracking the birds using data loggers fastened to their legs. These devices will help him determine which stopover points godwits depend on to rest and refuel during their hemispheric jumps. He hopes to use this information to jumpstart conservation efforts to protect these sites, and the birds.

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