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Whip-poor-will migratory applied research project

Principal Investigator(s):

Marja H. Bakermans

Institution:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Department of Biology and Biotechnology, Worcester, MA

Project Term:

2017 - 2018

Using GPS technology, this project seeks to understand migratory pathways and connectivity between the wintering and breeding areas of Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) populations. We lack information regarding key aspects of whip-poor-will life history including migratory pathways and connectivity between the wintering and breeding areas, which is required to develop a full life-cycle approach to the conservation of this declining species. A better understanding of migratory connectivity would allow us to target conservation and management actions by ensuring that breeding and wintering ground conservation efforts align. In summer 2018, we captured and affixed GPS tags on 27 whip-poor-wills at three locations in Massachusetts. We will target returned individuals in summer 2019, and we are currently seeking funds to expand our data collection in 2019.

Program Report: Whip-poor-will Migratory Applied Research Project

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