Caribbean bird migration project

The only way to keep common birds common is by understanding them. Yet, many common birds are poorly understood. The Caribbean Martin and Lesser Antillean Nighthawk are perfect examples, where they breed across the Caribbean, but have essentially never been seen during the non-breeding period. This project used geolocators to identify the migration route and wintering location of one female for both species–the publications serve as the first documentation of their life histories. The martin project was in collaboration with Tom Klak, University of New England, and the nighthawk project was in collaboration with Anthony Levesque, AMAZONA.

A female Lesser Antillean Nighthawk being fitted with a geolocator, on the island of Guadeloupe.