Migration, Ecophysiology and Energetics of Shorebirds at Alert, Ellesmere Island
Principal Investigator: Morrison, R.I.G. (7)
Licence Number: 11128
Organization: National Wildlife Research Centre, Canadian Wildlife Service
Licensed Year(s): 1992 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1991
Project Team: Dr. N. 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: The Researchers will carry out surveys to determine breeding densities of shorebirds and other birds in relation to habitat use and characteristics. Observational studies of activity budgets will be made to estimate daily energy expenditures. Birds will be captured and banded to establish weight levels during nesting and to obtain measurements of breeding populations.