22 Geolocators Deployed During 2016 Prothonotary Warbler Breeding Season

Photo: Erik Johnson, Audubon Louisiana

The summer breeding season for Prothonotary Warblers has concluded, and we are pleased to announce that 22 geolocators were successfully deployed, thanks to generous contributions from our supporters! 

We are excited to share our new web page that catalogues the 22 individual Prothonotary Warblers that received geolocators this summer. Each bird was given a name from the list  submitted by our sponsors. The page includes photos of each geotagged bird, as well as information regarding the age and sex of the bird. 

You will also find an interactive map at the bottom of the new geolocator web page showing the location of each geolocator deployment. When you left click on one of the locations, a pop-up box with information about that particular bird will appear. We have included the unique color band combination in this pop-up so that you join us in locating these individuals upon their return next spring! 

Prothonotary Warblers will return to their breeding grounds in south Louisiana by the end of March or early April of 2017. The species exhibits strong site fidelity, which means they will return to the same location to breed year after year. We are confident that if these birds survive their fall and spring migration (a journey of >5,000 miles!) we will be able to relocate them and retrieve their geolocator. Once we have retrieved the geolocator and analyzed the data, we will share migration maps for each individual.

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