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Tracking technology shows migratory birds need broader protection than thought, new report says
August 8, 2016 | CBC News | Published News | Bob Weber

A whimbrel from Canada's boreal forest outfitted with a high-tech satellite transceiver was recently tracked through a hurricane on its migration from the northern woods to South America. 

Photo: Fletcher Smith/Center for Conservation Biology

Scientists had been following it for days — a whimbrel from Canada's boreal forest outfitted with a high-tech satellite transceiver and on its migration from the northern woods to South America.

The bird, chicken-sized with a distinctive down-curved beak, had already stopped in at James Bay and headed south, a tiny blip on the screen as it flew non-stop for days over the ocean. And then, trouble.

"It ran into a hurricane," said Jeff Wells, senior scientist with the Boreal Songbird Initiative...

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