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Nine Tagged Godwits

Last week, our New Zealand correspondent David Steemson, was with Dr Phil Battley on the trail of Godwits. Dr Phil and his team were designing nets to catch a selection of Godwits that they could attach satellite trackers to. Philippa phoned him to find out how he got on.

D3 - one of the tagged Bar-tailed Godwits

9 Tagged Godwits

Philippa speaks to Dr Phil Battley about successfully tagging 9 Godwits

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The Pacific Shorebird Migration Project proved last year that some Alaskan Bar-tailed Godwits traverse a monumental 7,200 miles/11,500 km route across the Pacific, from Alaska to New Zealand. This year, Dr Phil Battley aims to tag even more Bar-tailed Godwits so that we can establish whether this is a common phenomenon or whether it was a one-off.

After speaking to David Steemson last week, it seems their attempts to net a number of suitable Godwits in a large homemade net was successful. There are now 9 tagged Godwits. Dr Phil tells us "until mid-March we will get only weekly reports from the birds, but then they switch over into a schedule where they transmit for 6 hours and go off for 36 hours".

You will be able to follow their progress here on World On the Move and on Dr Phil's website once it goes live. "The data is updated automatically twice-daily but we then have to manually check it and see if there has been a development that demands an update to the website. So you’ll be able to check the website on a daily basis. The good thing is that with a 7-day flight to Asia there is plenty of time to show the birds across the western Pacific."

Further Reading:

Next report: Two Godwits reach Alaska
Last report: Catching Godwits in New Zealand

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