Unraveling the migration mystery

The migrations of birds from breeding to non-breeding areas is an awe inspiring feat. Scientists study bird migrations to identify the paths birds take and areas important to them along the way. They do this by tagging birds. Technological advances are helping scientists with this research.

There are several different types of tags and each collects different information.

The type of tag a scientist chooses to use in a study is based on the question to be answered, the size of the bird, and the cost of the tag.

Attaching some tags is kind of like putting a backpack on a bird.

Before attempting to put a tag on a live bird, scientist need to practice. First you need a partner. Then a practice bird and a tag

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