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Motorized Migrations: the Future or Mere Fantasy?

BioScience

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Abstract

In 15 experiments from 1993-2002, we led cranes, geese, or swans on their first southward migration with either ultralight aircraft or vehicles on the ground. These experiments reveal that large birds can be readily trained to follow and most will return north (and south) in subsequent migrations unassisted. These techniques can now be used to teach birds new (or forgotten) migration paths. Although we are constantly improving our training techniques, we now have an operational program that can be broadly applied to those species where juveniles learn migration routes from their parents.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Motorized Migrations: the Future or Mere Fantasy?
Series title:
BioScience
Volume
53
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
260-264
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
260
Last page:
264
Number of Pages:
5