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Studying Migratory Connectivity Throughout the Annual Cycle


04/18/2012

Providing information for global conservation efforts is critical for the protection of all migratory birds because most spend about 75 percent of their lives outside the United States. USGS wildlife biologist Dr. Susan Haig was invited to present a Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar titled "The Importance of Studying Migratory Connectivity throughout the Annual Cycle" on April 18 at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR). To better understand the relationship between climate change and migratory patterns, USGS and Smithsonian Institution scientists have partnered to form the Migratory Connectivity Project. This project encourages studies of bird migration throughout the annual cycle, including nesting and wintering periods, which may be ultimately applicable to other migratory species, such as salmon and whales.