Wow – Alaska shorebird migration is indeed cool.
From the Pacific Shorebird Migration Project, which is:
…an international, collaborative study using the latest remote sensing technology to fill key information gaps on how the tribe Numeniini, to which godwits and curlews belong, migrate within and across continents. During 2007-2008, four species (Bar-tailed Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Bristle-thighed Curlew, and Long-billed Curlew) – representative of the various migration strategies exhibited by the Numeniini – are being fitted with satellite telemetry tags and followed during their annual migration throughout the Pacific Basin.
For each species, we expect to learn the timing and routes of migration, temporal and spatial use of stopover and staging sites, and habitat needs. This information will guide effective conservation efforts for each species and also help scientists and conservation groups better understand the effects of global-scale threats to shorebirds, including habitat destruction, climate change, and the spread of infectious diseases.