Flight School

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bridget Stutchbury, professor of biology at York University, Toronto, tracked songbirds to study their migratory patterns in detail.


Bridget Stutchbury

Comments [11]

hjs from 11211

and nly 7 of 30 came back.
i'm wonder what happen to the other 23 backpacks hmmm

Feb. 17 2009 12:20 PM
David from Inwood

Benjamin -- I had the same thought and then realized that if the sensors have decent clocks than you can calculate both. You get latitude from the duration of the day and then longitude from the placement of the day on the clock. This is a very creative method of light, low-power geolocation, I'm impressed.

Feb. 17 2009 12:05 PM
Ron in Greenwich Village from Greenwich Village, New York

One bird slammed on the brakes and took the long way around instead of flying over 500 miles of water...

If I'm a bird, and someone strapped a backpack on me that I wasn't born with--even a little one--I might have second thoughts about flying 500 miles over water.

Just wondering if the scientists are trying to correct in any way for possible alterations in the birds' behavior due to the study apparatus.

Feb. 17 2009 12:04 PM
Marie M. Merzon from United States

We note that there is a very large flock of
red winged blackbirds and grackles that did not migrate this very cold winter. They spend much of the day on our property in Putnam County eating. We wonder why this large flock decided to stay with us this winter.

Feb. 17 2009 12:04 PM
hjs from 11211

1) don't buy rainforest hard woods to put on your kitchen floor

Feb. 17 2009 12:01 PM
Nick from NYC

The figures you mention on the drop in song bird populations seem very alarming - just another indicator that something's seriously wrong in the environment.

What can listeners do?

Feb. 17 2009 11:58 AM
Benjamin from brooklyn

How can you get geographic location data from sunset/sunrise time? Since that varies both along latitude AND longitude, it seems you'd need some other data to correlate with it, and you need to know their exact location to get the speed.

Feb. 17 2009 11:56 AM
Che from Soho


Feb. 17 2009 11:56 AM

Just curious if any of the birds tracked stopped off in Louisiana at Lake Pontchartrain. That is a notorious refuge for purple martins.

Feb. 17 2009 11:55 AM
robert from park slope

The map on your website shows that the flight path passes over a long stretch of the Gulf of Mexico. Do they fly non-stop over the water or are they capable of floating for a rest?

Feb. 17 2009 11:54 AM
Amy from Manhattan

On telling location by the time of sunrise & sunset, does that work for both latitude *and* longitude? How?

Feb. 17 2009 11:54 AM

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