Migration and Physiology of Shorebirds at Alert, Ellesmere Island
Principal Investigator: Morrison, R.I.G. (7)
Licence Number: 10066
Organization: Canadian Wildlife Service, Government of Canada
Licensed Year(s): 1992 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1990
Project Team: Dr. T. Piersma; Jan van de Kam; Dr. Nick Davidson

Objective(s): To establish migration routes used by shorebirds between their breeding grounds in the eastern Canadian High Arctic and wintering grounds on the European seaboard; to study physiological changes, energy metabolism and the importance of body reserves in long-distance migrants in relation to migration and breeding.

Project Description: Dr. Morrison and his research team will capture shorebirds to study their migration routes between northern Ellesmere Island and wintering areas in Europe. They will also study the physical condition of the birds to determine how they cope with the stress of migration and whether they need to bring fat and protein with them to survive and breed.