Catching a Non-Stop, Transatlantic Flight on a Songbird’s Back

4:55 minutes

Scientists have suspected that the blackpoll warbler—a small, 12-gram songbird—made non-stop migrations over open water to its winter habitats. To find out, ecologist Bill DeLuca and his team caught a flight on the birds by strapping small geolocators onto their backs. The researchers published their findings in the journal Biology Letters. DeLuca discusses just how far these birds journeyed.

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Bill DeLuca

Bill DeLuca is an ecologist at the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.