2013 Great Shearwater Tagging

Project Information

Shearwater Tagging
Michael Thompson (SBNMS) and Linda Welch (USF&WS) attach a solar PTT transmitter to one of the 10 Great Shearwaters tagged for the project investigating the movements of shearwaters relative to prey abundance and oceanographic variables. Credit: NOAA/SBNMS

Shearwater Tagging
David Wiley (SBNMS) and Linda Welch (USF&WS) attach a solar PTT transmitter to one of the 10 Great Shearwaters tagged for the project. Credit: NOAA/SBNMS

Shearwater Tagging
David Wiley (SBNMS) and Linda Welch (USF&WS) check plumage to determine maturiry of one of the 10 Great Shearwaters tagged for the project. Credit: NOAA/SBNMS

Shearwater Tagging
Researchers from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary attach a solar PTT transmitter to one of the 10 Great Shearwaters tagged for the project investigating the movements of shearwaters relative to prey abundance and oceanographic variables. Credit: NOAA/SBNMS

Shearwater Tagging
Andrew Allyn (UMass Amherst) releases one of the 10 Great Shearwaters with a solar PTT transmitter. Credit: NOAA/SBNMS

Shearwater Tagging
A size comparison of one of the solar PTT tranmitters used in the project and a standard US penny. Credit: NOAA/SBNMS



The research is being led by Dr. David Wiley, research coordinator for the sanctuary and Michael Thompson sanctuary GIS Specialist, in collaboration with Linda Welch and Christa DeRaspe, US Fish and Wildlife Service seabird specialists at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Andrew Allyn, PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Dr. Robert Ronconi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Biology, Acadia University, and Dr. Les Kaufman Dept. of Biology Boston University. The project is being funded thanks to the Volgenau Foundation.

 

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