The transition from summer to fall can be bittersweet, but I found a new reason to welcome it when I started birding. Birds migrate south to their wintering ranges starting as early as July, and fall offers lots of opportunities to see and hear them passing through.

As Clarkson University biologist Tom Langen explains, migrating birds follow ancient pathways, but the tools scientists use to study them are constantly improving. Satellite telemetry, passive acoustic recording and other technologies are providing new insights into when, where and how birds migrate – knowledge that can make conservation strategies more effective.

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Senior Environment + Energy Editor

Migrating waterbirds over South Dakota’s Huron Wetland Management District on North America’s Central Flyway. Sandra Uecker, USFWS/Flickr

Birds migrate along ancient routes – here are the latest high-tech tools scientists are using to study their amazing journeys

Tom Langen, Clarkson University

Satellite telemetry, tiny geolocation tags and passive acoustic recording are providing new insights into bird migration and vital data for conservation.


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